Matching Campaign: Help Plant 10,000 Trees in Haiti!

trees for Haiti

“It is my vision that Haiti will have too many SOIL toilets producing compost and we’ll have to start exporting the compost to the Dominican Republic and to all the other countries of the world!”
– Daniel Tillias of Pax Christi Ayiti

Last year, Trees, Water & People partnered with Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) and Jam Cruise passengers to plant thousands of fruit tree seeds in northern Haiti using SOIL’s EcoSan compost (human manure, aka “humanure”). These trees have matured and are now being planted. But, local community organizations and farmers’ cooperatives have asked us to do even more to help make the mountainsides of Haiti green with trees again.

We envision planting 10,000 more seedlings, hosting tree-planting days, and creating an agricultural education center that can host EcoSan workshops, agricultural exchanges, and research. The tree seedlings planted through this effort will be sold at an affordable, subsidized rate to local famers and cooperatives who will then plant them in the mountains of northern Haiti.

With your help we can make this vision a reality! Please donate today to help us plant 10,000 more trees in Haiti.

Learn more and donate >>

Update: 6,000 citrus trees seeded in Haiti

by Sebastian Africano, International Director

Haiti Tree Planting
Jam Cruiseres work together to seed 6,000 citrus trees in Labadee, Haiti.

With support from Haitian non-profit Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (S.O.I.L.) and Trees, Water & People (TWP), Positive Legacy and Jam Cruise passengers led the charge in seeding 6,000 citrus trees, thus launching a 10,000 seedling nursery at SOIL’s rural compost site in Limonade, Haiti.

Haiti Jam Cruise Tree Planting
Thank you Jam Cruisers!

Positive Legacy and Trees, Water & People have partnered to offset Jam Cruise passenger’s carbon footprints since Jam Cruise 6, a collaboration that has netted tens of thousands of trees planted and hundreds of clean cookstoves built.  Jam Cruise 10 represented the most ambitious carbon offsetting effort to date, as the establishment of this nursery will lead to a healthier environment, stable livelihoods, and increased tree cover in Northern Haiti for years to come.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this event; it wouldn’t have been a success without your enthusiasm and energy!

Remembering Haiti 2 Years Later

Today we are remembering Haiti, two years to the day after a devastating 7.0 earthquake further devastated the country and took the lives of over 300,000 people. Since 2007, we have been working with the people of Haiti to bring clean cookstoves and reforestation projects to communities in need. Together, with our partner organizations Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT), International Lifeline Fund (ILF), and Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), we are empowering communities to better manage their precious natural resources through improved technology (i.e. clean cookstoves) and community-led reforestation projects.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

These photos show a glimpse of the progress TWP and partners have made since the 2010 earthquake. After a period of rebuilding, reorganization, and forming solid partnerships, we have made huge strides in developing a sustainable clean cookstove project that creates local employment, directly improving the social and economic well-being of hundreds of Haitian families.

We are continually humbled by the strength and resiliency of the Haitian people and look forward to the years ahead. Thank you to everyone who has supported these important projects.

If you are interested in donating a clean cookstove to a Haitian family click here.

10,000 Trees for Haiti

Labadee, Haiti map
Labadee, Haiti

Together with Jam Cruise 10, Positive Legacy, and Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL), we are planting 10,000 native tree seeds today in Labadee, Haiti! This hands on project is part of Positive Legacy’s mission “to create meaningful opportunities for music fans and musicians to become active participants in reducing the environmental impact of the events we participate in, and to do something positive for the communities we visit.”

The trees will be transported to a nursery built at SOIL’s compound in Cap Haitien, Haiti and will be raised with care for introduction into communities around Northern Haiti. If every passenger and artist participates in the project by taking just a few minutes to contribute, we can easily reach our goal of planting 10,000 seedlings to start the nursery.

Haiti tree seedling
Native tree seedling

Thousands of diverse indigenous seeds will be made available for this activity, ensuring that our efforts will increase biodiversity, stabilize hillsides, improve soil quality, provide food security and create income-generating activities for the communities of northern Haiti.

Stay tuned for photos and video of the tree planting event.

Thank you to Positive Legacy, SOIL, and all the Jam Cruisers for making this event possible!

Benefit people and the planet at Jam Cruise 10!

One hundred percent of carbon offsets sold for Jam Cruise 10 will benefit the northern community of Limonade, Haiti, where Trees, Water & People and our partner SOIL (www.oursoil.org) are working together to launch a 10,000 seedling nursery that will reforest the surrounding north coast.

Last year, more than 400 passengers offest their carbon, making Clould 9 and Jam Cruise passengers one of Trees, Water & People’s largest carbon offset partners!