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  • 2020-2021 Impact Report - SPI & MDRT Partnership

  • A Vegetable a Day Keeps the Doctor Away...

    The Vision for Haiti Team

    The Vision for Haiti Team

    Hi folks,

    We’re excited to tell you about a new partner in Haiti who is taking a different approach to improving the quality of life for Haitians in rural areas. Vision for Haiti is a US-based nonprofit organization that has been responding to emergencies and ongoing need in Haiti since 2010. Recently, Naima had the opportunity to speak with Beatrice Marseille, a nurse practitioner who founded Vision for Haiti and developed an innovative approach to community health.

    Vision for Haiti operates a healthcare clinic in Meyer, a town two hours southwest from Port-au-Prince. In addition to general care, the clinic specializes in women’s health and diet-related health problems. A majority of their patients are women who are seeking healthcare services for themselves or their children, although men are also welcome and receive services. High blood pressure, diabetes, and other nutrition and diet-related health problems are some of the most common issues within the community — the causes of which can be addressed by accessing nutrient-dense foods like vegetables.

  • A Visit to Mena

    Joline proudly shows eggplant grown in Mena, Haiti

    Joline proudly shows eggplant grown in Mena, Haiti

    Remember your support of our vegetable seed program in Haiti, last Fall? It may feel like long ago, but believe it or not, your gift is still reaping harvests for people facing hunger all over northern Haiti. Our partner there, Ayiti Konsevet (AKV) and many school/home seed recipients are still working hard to bring your gift to fruition. There has been a drought in Haiti for much of the first half of the year, but rains have recently started.

    Recently, Wedly Deceus, AKV agronomist, visited a remote area called Mena where seeds had been provided in order to follow up and offer support. You will not find Mena on a map, but you can find Plezans (Plaisance), and Mena is across the river.

  • Adapting Our Approach

    Tree Angels for Haiti with students

    Tree Angels for Haiti with students

    In our last report, we told you that we were in the planning phase for the SPI Haiti Partnership Network stakeholder meeting. Well, it’s been three months and we’ve had to adapt our approach to respond to the reality of the situation on the ground.

    One partner writes, “The environment in many rural areas was completely destroyed - all trees and plants destroyed. They are slowly growing back and being replanted, but in the meantime there is much less shade, more scarce environment, a huge lack of food security for rural communities that live off of the land, and ridiculous inflation...of the cost of living in general.”

    Another partner writes, “The community of Leogane is mainly rural and depends greatly on locally grown produce and fruits. Already hit very hard by the 2010 earthquake, and hit annually by a multitude of floods and mudslides, [those living in] Leogane...haven’t been able to get back on their feet ever since."

  • Consider Haiti: Moved to Action

    Funny Faces with Consider Haiti

    Funny Faces with Consider Haiti

    For many families in Montrouis, Haiti, access to clean water, health care, and adequate food supply are challenges that were worsened by the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Through locally organized efforts, our Asheville-based partner and neighbor, Consider Haiti has assisted families in restoring some of the gardens destroyed by the hurricane. The result: farmers are slowly reestablishing themselves and their crop production.

    In 2017, Consider Haiti helped over over 2,000 children and their families gain access to medicine, dental care, and fresh produce. Consider Haiti programs involve the distribution of medicine, livestock like goats and rabbits, SPI seeds and other agricultural products to the communities they serve. One of the key elements shared by both SPI and Consider Haiti programs is that they actively support and work with local Haitian teams for project development and implementation. Consider Haiti’s agriculture team in Montrouis is led by Eddy P., a lifelong farmer who has been working with families in this region for over 15 years. Shortly after the storm, Eddy heard reports of hungry children in the local farming community and decided to step up and help. Being an illiterate self-taught farmer, he soon realized he was not equipped to provide the level of help that was needed.

  • First Steps After Hurricane Matthew

    Photo by Jon Brack

    Photo by Jon Brack

    Seed Programs International is not a first responder. Instead, we focus on long-term relief by building strong relationships with local leaders and organizations who teach us how best to support their communities. When a community begins to recover from a disaster like Hurricane Matthew, we rely on these partners, who are on the ground and embedded within the community, to assess the local situation and inform our response.

    Last October, Hurricane Matthew flooded away crops that people were relying on to feed themselves through the coming months. And the resources to quickly replant, like seeds and fertilizers, have not been readily available.

  • Have Seeds, Will Travel!

    Students Learning to Garden

    Students Learning to Garden

    Hello Haiti supporters!

    We've had a busy few months following up on our initial shipments to Haiti, negotiating new requests for seed and support, and networking with Haitian partners on the ground in preparation for the SPI Haitian Partnership Network stakeholder meeting. Although the greatest need is still for providing high quality seeds to replace the gardens and seed resources that were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, we're also working with partners to take steps steps toward rebuilding the community systems that were disrupted by Matthew.

    Since our last update, we've shipped 4,700 packets of seed to four partners. Something I really like about our partnerships is knowing that seeds usually reach more farmers and families than those who are supported by our immediate partner. For instance, two partners recently reported that their shipments were subsequently shared with other organizations — seven organizations from one partner and five local schools from another. Having partners on the ground and invested in the community allows our seed to reach people we could not have reached on our own. This is only one of the reasons we love our partners!

  • Next Year - Your Gifts STILL at work in Haiti

    Agronomist Wedly Deceus, reporting from Haiti.

    Agronomist Wedly Deceus, reporting from Haiti.

    Dear Seed Programs Supporter,

    You may remember donating to our project in Haiti last fall or winter, to support home, school, and farmer vegetable-growing programs. Unfortunately, drought conditions were severe in Haiti in early 2014, hampering full success using seeds and training provided at that time. Our partners smartly opted to hold back some resources due to challenging outlook for planting -- but fortunately, your gifts collectively went over and above our goals, allowing ongoing support and renewed efforts this fall, especially on the home gardens front. More seeds were sent this summer to ensure good germination. Here is a report from Haitian Agronomist Wedly Deceus:

  • Opening a New Door to Innovation and Adaptability

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    Sowing seeds in a tire garden, FONDAMA

    Hi folks,

    Your generous support, and the support of GlobalGiving, has done so much to mitigate the effects of Hurricane Matthew and subsequent setbacks by putting vegetable seeds, tools, and fertilizer in the hands of farmers who had lost everything. Now, our partners are considering what a post-recovery program should look like.

    In the last report, we shared that we’re bringing this project to a close so we can collaborate on a broader project. Our partners have established, and continue to develop, resilient networks that can move their farmers toward collective self-sufficiency. Sharing the skills and resources already on the ground has gone a long way toward ensuring that farmers will be prepared for the next challenge.

    The new project is still being designed based on feedback from our partners. As the physical infrastructure continues to be rebuilt, we’re finding ways to work with our partners and their farmers where they are. Most of all, the new project should be adaptable so it can respond to new challenges as they arise.

    We all know Haiti has more than its share of challenges, but it also has incredible community innovators. Partners like FONDAMA exemplify this. You might remember their tire gardens from our last report — they trained communities to adapt the materials at hand, tires, and protect their vegetables from floods and wind. The photos in this report show one of the community trainings.

  • Ready, set, seed is go!

    St. Barnabas: Pulling bok choy for the market.

    St. Barnabas: Pulling bok choy for the market.

    Hello friends!

    It’s hard to believe that three months have already passed. And what a three months! 20,000 packets of seed arrived in August just in time to reach storage in Port-au-Prince before Hurricane Irma made its way through the Caribbean. Even though Haiti was spared a direct hit, the high winds and heavy rains were hard on farmers who had just begun to recover from Hurricane Matthew.

    As our partners are regrouping, our agronomist, Stephany, has been coordinating with partners on the ground to deliver seed and learn more about who they are and the communities they work with. As of today, half of the seed — 10,000 packets — has been distributed! 2,000 packets have reached each of five partners, so we’d like to tell you a little about them.

  • Seeds are Planted, New Project Posted.

    Chinese Cabbage, School Garden, Haiti

    Chinese Cabbage, School Garden, Haiti

    As mentioned in last report, this GlobalGiving project has been fully funded. We are so very thankful for good people like you who made this happen! The vegetable seeds you helped send to Haiti have been received, and some have been planted in school gardens and homes. More on that in a moment, but first . .  .

    . . . did you enjoy supporting our work via GlobalGiving, and seeing your charitable giving provide seeds and training so that a next generation facing great odds in Haiti can become healthy and self-sufficient? If you did, please consider making a further tax-deductible donation to Seed Programs International. We've posted a new project, supporting a partnership in Honduras. Learn more and give here: Thank you!

  • Seeds for Haiti- THANK YOU for a successful launch

    Long View School Garden

    Long View School Garden

    Dear Supporter of Seed Programs International,

    Thank you so much for your gift earlier this month. This is our first report.

    Project Update

    With monies raised we are able to go forward in Haiti. Our partner, AyitiKonseVet, directed by June Levinsohn in Vermont, believes in partnership and works closely with others. AKV's agronomist Wedly Deceus is currently consulting with Renel Bruno of Initiative pour le Development Durable d'Haiti (IDDH) and Leneus Joseph with La Pliade. These three groups are able to, together, reach a broad area of north Haiti.

  • Seeds Sent!

    kids gardening at school, Haiti

    Kids gardening at school, Haiti

    Dear Friend of Seed Programs International,

    This project is now fully funded! We've launched a second GlobalGiving project, found here:, for those interested in charitable holiday giving or just eager to help support further deserving vegetable seed projects.

    Back to Haiti: the shipment of four cartons of seeds only made possible by your support left East Rochester, New York for Hollywood, Florida last week. This week they will travel by air the short hop to Cap-Haitien via our friends at who provide excellent and affordable service.

  • Snapshot from the Field: Little Footprints, Big Steps

    LFBS farmers with SPI seed (Estelle is left)

    LFBS farmers with SPI seed (Estelle is left)

    The road to reviving gardens after Hurricane Matthew has been a long road, and we’re working with partners who are in it for the long haul. Little Footprints, Big Steps (LFBS) is one of those partners. They’ve recently shared an update about how they’re working to support communities affected by Hurricane Matthew, providing a snapshot of where gardens fit into the larger picture of recovery and rebuilding. We’re sharing this with you because we’re proud of their work, and we think it’s a great example of how many different pieces need to come together for folks to rebuild their livelihoods.

    “Since Hurricane Matthew we have been able to build Maxima prefabricated homes for over 21 families! Homes built or repaired, crops planted, medical outreach clinics regularly underway, children attending schools, parents starting businesses, and the addition of livestock – the recovery and rebuilding of the families in rural communities, whose lives were shattered by the October 2016 Category 5 hurricane, continues in great strides through the dedicated LFBS staff, collaborative partnerships… and your support.

  • Working with FONDAMA: Whose Hands? Our Hands!

    Earlier seed shipment to SPI partner, South Haiti

    Earlier seed shipment to SPI partner, South Haiti

    Today’s update comes from Haitian partner Fabienne Jean and FONDAMA. Fabienne Jean coordinates FONDAMA’s grassroots network of farmer organizations throughout Haiti and liaisons with civil society to advocate for their communities.

    We first learned about FONDAMA when Fabienne spoke to a local network here in Asheville, North Carolina (USA) as part of the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s stateside planning efforts — a rare and welcomed opportunity to meet a partner! Since then, SPI Program Manager Naima Dido has been identifying ways that FONDAMA and our partners in the SPI Haiti Partnership Network can work together.

    And thanks to your support of this project, we were able to make an initial shipment of seed available to FONDAMA’s communities!

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Seed Programs International (SPI)

Seed Programs InternationalSeed Programs International (SPI) is a non-profit, tax exempt, non-governmental humanitarian organization.

We work thorough other humanitarian organizations, church groups, service clubs and individual donors, to provide quality seed to impoverished communities in developing countries enabling them to grow some of their own food. In addition to seed, SPI provides critical seed expertise and experience operating seed based self help programs.”

SPI is operated by individuals with over 50 years seed industry experience plus over 20 years experience in vegetable research and production. We also have 15 years experience operating programs that have successfully shipped seed to over 70 countries on five continents. SPI has shipped enough seed to plant over 1,000,000 vegetable gardens, providing more than 20 kinds of vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals often missing in people’s diets.