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300,000 tons of volcanic ash mineral amendment donated to Haiti

We express our deepest gratitude to our generous donors of 2022 for their remarkable contribution of 300,000 tons of volcanic ash mineral amendments to benefit the farmers in northern Haiti.

Haiti's economy heavily relies on agriculture; however, many farmers face challenges due to limited education and resources, preventing them from fully harnessing the potential of their land.

The invaluable donation of volcanic ash mineral soil amendments was entrusted to the Followers of Christ Inc, a Haitian nonprofit organization, towards the end of 2022. This significant contribution means that thousands of farmers now have access to soil amendments that will enhance the nutritional content and yield of their crops, empowering them to become self-sufficient.

Followers of Christ Inc has played a vital role in supporting a group of farmers in the Carenage area, enabling them to cultivate their crops independently through the assistance provided by the charity. Founded in March 2012, this nonprofit organization was established with a visionary goal of meeting the needs of the helpless. Their mission centers around improving the lives of underserved Haitian children, families, students, and farmers through various charitable programs in Haiti.

Benefits of Volcanic Ash Soil Amendments to Haitian Farmers and their Soil:

  1. Enhanced Soil Fertility: Volcanic ash is rich in essential minerals and trace elements that can replenish and enrich the soil. These amendments provide vital nutrients that are often lacking in depleted soils, ultimately leading to improved crop growth and yields.

  2. Increased Water Retention: Volcanic ash has a unique porous structure that enhances the soil's ability to retain water. This attribute is particularly beneficial in regions prone to drought or with limited access to irrigation, as it helps ensure that crops have a steady water supply, leading to healthier and more resilient plants.

  3. Improved Soil Structure: The addition of volcanic ash can enhance the soil's physical properties, such as its texture and structure. This can promote better root development, aeration, and drainage, which are essential for healthy plant growth. Improved soil structure also reduces the risk of erosion, contributing to long-term soil health and sustainability.

  4. Nutrient Availability: Volcanic ash contains minerals and elements that are readily available for plant uptake. These amendments can help replenish essential nutrients, such as potassium, phosphorus, and calcium, which are crucial for the overall health and productivity of crops. By improving nutrient availability, volcanic ash soil amendments contribute to healthier plants and more abundant harvests.

The immense contribution of 300,000 tons of volcanic ash mineral amendments to the farmers of northern Haiti is a testament to the transformative power of generosity and support. Through this donation, Followers of Christ Inc has empowered thousands of farmers, enabling them to enhance their agricultural practices, improve crop nutrition and yield, and work towards self-sufficiency. We extend our deepest gratitude to our donors and commend the efforts of the Followers of Christ Inc in their mission to uplift Haitian children, families, students, and farmers through their impactful charitable programs.

Followers of Christ Inc are partnered with the Haitian Development Network (HDN). The Haitian Development Network is a non-partisan action tank dedicated to civic participation and food security. HDN is dedicated to the idea that family and smallholder farmers are fundamental to Haiti's food security and economic development. HDN will teach agricultural techniques that improve crop yields and nutritional value while maintaining long-term financial stability for Haiti's urban food gardeners and smallholder farmers.


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