ORE is working to improve environmental, agricultural and economic conditions in rural Haiti. In the wake of the national disaster, the catastrophichurricane, ORE is focused on efforts to bring relief to the population and offer all available assistance to reduce suffering. Our development projects involve high revenue tree crops, improved seeds (never GMO seeds, never hybrids), 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 cyclone Matthew, une vraie catastrophe nationale, ORE se concentre sur les moyens d'aider 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 (jamais OGM, jamais d'hybrides), 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 >>
Please help us with Our Hurricane Matthew Relief Program
Following the inimaginably widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew we are asking all our friends to please help and donate to a fund that will beused directly and exclusive to bring immediate relief to the thousands sho are homeless and in need of immediate help.
With your help, as a local NGO we can offer directly to those most in need food, clothing and basic necessities, materials to rebuild broken homes, sShelter for those in immediate need, seeds for farmers who have lost their crops, and whatever else is required to rebuilt the devasted communities.
Please visit our Hurricane Matthew Relief site at www.oreworld.info for more information and photos. Everything you give will go directly to those in need.
ORE's help after the Hurricane
ORE is providing pure drinking water from our deep well/bottling facility, helping to repair homes and offer food and shelter to those most in need. In order to ensure there will be food and income in the near future we are also supplying seeds to farmers as they have lost their crops and their seed stocks. The seeds being distributed are a variety of vegetable seeds, and also improved seeds bred by ORE in Haiti. All our seeds are naturally bred, open population, never GMO seeds, never hybrids. They are bred using age-old traditional methods to select for higher yield so that the improved seeds perform well even with low-fertilization and rainfed conditions. The improved seeds include high yield local corn seeds, QPM quality protein corn (originally from CIMMYT in Mexico), high yield sweet potatoes, vitamin A rich sweet potatoes, high yield sorghum and bean seeds.
How ORE's core projects are 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 Hurricane Matthew is making it possible to assist the hundreds of thousands of people in the South and Grande Anse departments of Haiti. ORE is providing pure drinking water, helping to repair homes and offer food and shelter to those most in need. Inorder to ensure there will be food and income in the near future we are also supplying seeds to farmers as they have lost their crops and their seed stocks. The seeds being distributed are a variety of vegetable seeds, and also improved seeds bred by ORE in Haiti. All our seeds are naturally bred, open population, never GMO, never hybrids. They are bred using age-old traditional methods to select for higher yield so that the improved seeds perform well even with low-fertilization and rainfed conditions. The improved seeds include high yield local corn seeds, QPM quality protein corn (originally from CIMMYT in Mexico), high yield sweet potatoes, vitamin A rich sweet potatoes, high yield sorghum and bean seeds.
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.
After the 2010 Earthquake: 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 still 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.
A look at some of our main programs in Haiti
Quality Protein Maize
Regenerating Plantain and Banana Production
Vitamin-rich Sweet Potato
ORE has been working in Haiti since 1985