We are so excited to share with all of you the progress and amazing impact that the aquaponics farm is making at Grace Village and the surrounding villages in Titanyen, Haiti. The aquaponics system is at 100% capacity! This is a huge milestone and is the result of 1 1/2 years of slow and steady progress. It's important to highlight that through this initiative, we are able to employ three full-time Haitians–Salomon, Franck and Isaac–in the management and operation of the farm with the assistance of Mark, our long-term missionary (pictured below).
It's been truly amazing to see God work through the aquaponics farm initiative in ways we didn't even dream of. Healing Haiti always strives to create an environment that challenges Haitians to take initiative and responsibility, develop their leadership, and empowers them to make decisions, exercise their strengths and reach their full potential. We have seen Haitians blossom and grow through their work on the farm, it's been inspiring to see what they've learned and how empowered they feel.
Here are some specific milestones of celebration and praise:
- Healing Haiti is employing and empowering Haitians to manage water quality, feed and care for fish, plant and grow hydroponically, harvest plants and fish.
- We are able to employ local women to assist with fish harvest.
- The farm is currently producing hundreds of pounds of peppers, egg plants, kale, cucumbers, cabbage, chives and other vegetables, which are a critical addition the Haitians diet, and are typically very hard to grow in Titanyen's dry climate and rocky soil.
- The Haitians are harvesting more than 300 tilapia every three months – provides a nutrient rich source of protein for the children, elderly and partnering orphanages.
Celebrate these milestones with us, and join us in thanking God for the amazing things He is doing through this area of our ministry!
To learn more about the aquaponics farm, visit our website.