After the earthquake Makouti Agro Enterprise, a local Haitian cooperative agribusiness with whom Partners' FTF volunteers collaborate closely, was able to supply food for many in the north of Haiti, often free of charge to those in desperate need. With training from FTF volunteers over the years, Makouti operates a successful rabbit production facility near Cap Haitien and its members include producers and farmers throughout the country. The meat provides a much needed source of protein. Six months later, Makouti is negotiating 3 contracts which would potentially supply several thousand rabbits to Port au Prince. Makouti also works with the International Organization for Migration (United Nations), and our field staff report that they've had so much success with the rabbits that they are running out of space to keep them. (Photo, taken 4 days prior to the earthquake: some Makouti members and farmers meet to discuss rabbit raising after having constructed new cages.)
Additionally, given the special circumstances the USAID FTF Program also funded the trips of three trauma counselors from Counselors Without Borders to travel to Haiti with Partners of the Americas. The counselors provided specialized training to various groups as well as FTF staff in recognizing and treating trauma symptoms following a natural disaster. Click here to read a recent report about their visit.