SAL Bike distribution

SAL Bike distribution
Refugees from Burma and Africa receive bikes to facilitate their farming in Louisville

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Haiti Soliarity Delegation Invite


Rural Haiti ecumenical solidarity delegation: Spend time getting to know the reality of Haitian agriculture at close range! And what solidarity means in the face of such challenges!

When: April 21 (Maundy Thursday) through April 29
Where: In two or three provinces including the South, Artibonite, Central Plateau, with in-depth overnight
visits in two regions.

Why: To build relationships for long-term solidarity. To support food sovereignty struggles in both Haiti and where you live.

Cost: $600 in-country costs (sliding scale possible, depending on fund-raising)
plus airfare. Substantial scholarships are possible.

Deposit deadline: $200 sent to Ag Missions, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 725, New York, NY 10115
c/o Doris Rivera, checks made out to AMI, or Agricultural Missions, by April 6. (exceptions are possible but must be negotiated).

Confirmation due: April 6

Minimum number of participants: 6
Maximum number of participants: 12

Application: Send your contact information and explain what your commitment is to solidarity work with Haitian farmers, and explain any limitations you might have. Conditions will be rustic at times, so people with health problems should consult with us. Provide background on previous travel and global south living and working experience, if any. Languages spoken, etc... Send this info to: Stephen Bartlett, or call 502 896 9171 after March 11 for an in-depth interview.

Spark!: Ag Missions staffer Stephen Bartlett, along with Presbyterian Church USA Hunger Program director Ruth Farrell just completed an 8 day tour of rural communities in four regions of Haiti, among family farmers, men and women, who participated in the FONDAMA sponsored seeds and tools programs for farmers impacted by the Jan 12 earthquake (in most cases because they are now supporting large numbers of displaced persons). Thousands of family farmers are energized and motivated to feed themselves and their communities, and are doing so with varying degrees of success according to weather and/or access to irrigation and fertile soil. What does not vary is the collective nature of this effort through longstanding peasant organizations connected in important ways in a common effort. Solidarity and support from abroad is vital to this effort. Come and be a part of making history for food sovereignty with our Haitian partners!! The crops from the first seed distribution are almost all in, and a new agricultural cycle will be just beginning during our visits. There will be ample opportunities to learn an agrarian skills and outlook from our Haitian sisters and brothers!!

Delegation organized by Ag Missions, with co-sponsorships of the Presbyterian Church USA Hunger Program and Other Worlds.

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