ORE is working to improve environmental, agricultural and economic conditions in rural Haiti. In the wake of the national disaster, the catastrophic earthquake, ORE is focused on efforts to stabilize the population and offer all available assistance to reduce suffering. Our development projects involve high revenue tree crops, improved seeds, cash crops and marketing programs - designed to increase yields and income, produce nutritionally rich foods, and to protect the environment. As Haiti emerges from its current disaster, these programs will play an important role in long-term recovery.

ORE a pour but principal l’amélioration des conditions écologiques, agricole et économiques liées aux milieux ruraux d’Haïti. Dans le sillage du tremblement de terre de 2010, une vraie catastrophe nationale, ORE se concentre sur les moyens de stabiliser la population et sur les possibilités d’offrir toute assistance disponible pour réduire la souffrance du peuple Haïtien. Nos projets de développements incluent la culture d’arbres à revenus élevés, la culture et la distribution de semences enrichies, la production de cultures de rente et la création de programmes de marketing – visant à l’augmentation des rendements et des revenus, à la production d’aliments riches au niveau de la nutrition, et visant à la protection de l’environnement. Parmi les efforts de rétablissements actuels, ces programmes joueront un rôle important dans le redressement à long terme du pays. Lire la page d'accueil en français >>

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Your donations to ORE will have a real and lasting impact on reducing poverty and improving the environment in Haiti. Every gift goes straight to the people you want to help. As a US 501(c) Non Profit organization with over 25 years of Haitian-based activities, we are able to keep our costs to a minimum ensuring that your gift goes directly to those with the greatest needs.

How ORE is helping the people of Haiti

The Organization for the Rehabilitation of the Environment is a small grassroots organization established in Haiti in 1985 to protect the environment and increase local farmers' income. In the design of our development projects, we recognize that all four aspects of Haiti's rural predicament - economic, ecological, nutritional and technical - are inter-linked. By working closely with farmer groups, over the years, we have been able to offer practical help to the rural population in the south of Haiti, the majority of whom depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Economic gains and improved nutrition result from high value tree crops (grafted fruit trees, such as mango, avocado, citrus - and bamboo), improved seeds (including QPM maize, iron-rich beans) and other high-yield staple crops. These are some of our projects and goals.

The key goals of our development projects in Haiti are to increase farmer income, produce nutritionally enhanced food, and to improve the environment with commercial fruit trees. Practical agricultural training and hands-on technical assistance are essential means to achieve these goals. The three core development projects we have developed to achieve these goals are improved seeds, high value tree crops, and vegetable and tuber crops.

Support for the humanitarian relief program following the 2010 earthquake made it possible to evacuate over 700 people from Port-au-Prince to Camp-Perrin immediately after the earthquake, to feed an average of over 1,200 people for 8 months – primarily in Port-au-Prince and some displaced families in Camp-Perrin, to keep 55 displaced kids in school from February to July and to sponsor 100 more children for the new school year, to cover the cost of health-care for over 120 patients, provide tents and cots to improve the conditions for about 20 families in Port-au-Prince, and to cover the cost of the annual rental of houses for six displaced families in Camp-Perrin.

We would like to give our heart-felt thanks to all the volunteers who gave so generously of their time, and all the donors who personally contributed their gifts to make this all possible. God bless you all.

A small credit program was launched in May 2010 to enable many women, generally heads of families, to start up small businesses as vendors working from their homes, in the market places or in the streets of Port-au-Prince. A simple system was developed to identify the most suitable products for them and help estimate appropriate inventories so as to make their ventures worthwhile.

As the program evolved we started to offer credit for education as well as commercial activities, so as to help cover the expense of school fees – as another important step towards giving the evacuees autonomy. Our efforts may appear insignificant, but they have given many families a sense of dignity, a sense of moving forward – which are essential to maintaining hope.

We are currently focusing on a small group including 12 women involved in small businesses and 100 children in the educational credit program: 30 at the university level, 70 in schools. The credit varies from $125 to $400, school fees averaging $250 per students, including books and uniforms.

Biofortification of staple food crop: our crop breeding program which has been on-going since 2004 is focusing on enhancing the nutritional content of Haiti's major staple crops: breeding crops for better nutrition. By improving the nutrient content of staple foods it is possible to help resolve several factors that contribute to malnutrition in Haiti. This is a highly sustainable approach. Nutritionally improved varieties will continue to be grown and consumed year after year, even if government attention and international funding for micronutrient issues fade.

ORE is also involved in variety of activities designed to improve the quality of life in rural Haiti. These include protection of drinking water systems, promoting schools and low cost housing projects in areas threatened by environmental degradation.

More income for families, biofortified Foods for Improved Nutrition, improving agricultural production and protecting the environmental. Read more about ORE's programs >>

ORE was initially established as Haitian NGO ORE-Haiti in 1985 and a year later a non-profit organization was set up in Florida, ORE-USA. The two organizations have similar aims: to improve environmental, agricultural and economic conditions in rural Haiti.

ORE Haiti is a non-profit NGO established in 1985. The organization has implemented numerous programs funded by USAID, the European Union, IADB and UNEP making a significant impact on the economic and environmental conditions in the south of Haiti. Its mission is to improve environmental, agricultural and economic conditions in rural Haiti by promoting high revenue tree crops, improved seeds, and marketing programs. As a local organization, we have been able to gauge the needs of local farmers and adapt solutions to their way of life.

ORE-USA was established in 1986 in Florida as a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization - ORE Inc, P.O. Box 326, Boca Raton, Fl 33429-0326, USA. The US based non-profit organization, has maintained a collaborative role, seeking funding support for program activities in Haiti, but does not directly execute overseas activities. The program activities are implemented by ORE-Haiti.

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A look at some of our main programs in Haiti

Tree programs
ORE's tree programs have given farmers in Haiti an alternative to deforestation and soil erosion. High value mango, avocado and citrus trees provide a solid income to farmers, and stabilize the environment. Grafting makes it possible to clone commercial varieties and promote large-scale production and marketing.

Quality Protein Maize
ORE is currently producing a high-protein, high-yielding variety of corn to help alleviate malnutrition in Haiti. Quality protein maize, or "QPM", originally developed at CIMMYT in Mexico in the late 1990s, contains nearly twice as much usable protein as other maize grown in the tropics and yields substantially more grain than traditional corn. The benefits of this miraculous corn are becoming more widely known.

Regenerating Plantain and Banana Production
The plantain and banana program is designed to address food security issues in Haiti resulting from the current world food crisis and to regenerate production which has been decimated by the black Sigatoka fungal disease. This epidemic disease has virtually wiped out the bananas (a major element of the Haitian diet) grown by subsistence farmers for the domestic market. In today's volatile climate of increasing distress due to the rising cost of importing basic foods, restoring the country's production of this most valuable food crop to its full capacity is absolutely critical.

Vitamin-rich Sweet Potato
ORE is producing vitamin-A rich yellow fleshed variety of sweet potato to help alleviate malnutrition in Haiti. Sweet potato is a key staple food in the Haitian diet and the 'orange flesh sweet potatoes' is very rich in vitamin A, compared the local varieties. Yields from the new varieties are substantially higher than from traditional sweet potatoes which translates into higher income of farmers. Since 2003 ORE has been working collaborating with CIP, a international research centre and participating in AGROSALUD, the regional bio-fortified food program.

 

ORE has been working in Haiti since 1985

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Mousson Finnigan CEO ORE Haiti
Dr. Mousson Pierre Finnigan, CEO of ORE Haiti, was among 15 women selected
for the national first award of 'Femmes de Mérite' en 2009.