This week’s ECN local-project spotlight features the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee’s Haiti Project.
In 2017, the Episcopal Church approved 44 Stewardship of Creation grants for local ministries. Every Thursday, we highlight some of that exciting work here. Maybe your own parish or diocese could do a similar local project!
According to a church press release, the Haiti Project received $10,000 for “an extension of work for the Clean School Green School project to lead efforts in reforestation, composting, food production and education in farming techniques.”
What’s the Clean School Green School? According to the school’s website, “Hurricane Matthew hit the southwest peninsula of Haiti [on] October 2, 2016. Jeannette, Haiti lost many fruit-bearing trees, gardens, homes and livestock. St. Marc’s Graduate and Agronomist, Arol Ilerand… introduced the Clean School Green School Initiative to teach soil composition, reforestation, and sustainable agricultural practices at the school weeks after the hurricane.
“The result has been a nutritionally diversified school lunch program which uses vegetables from the school garden, reforestation campaigns in the community and support for family garden plots. Iron deficiency in Haiti is widespread. Mr. Ilerand’s garden program introduced local children to spinach which quickly became a favorite.”
The school’s website also provides more details about the Stewardship of Creation grant: “Clean School Green School is expanding to include students at the secondary school by forming an environmental club, offering field trips and introducing chickens. Chicken fertilizer will enrich the soil along with the school composting program. Agricultural work with the community is also included in this grant.”
The picture comes from the Haiti Project website. Full disclosure: ECN’s new volunteer deputy editor was a member of the committee that awarded these grants. Both volunteer editors are now volunteers on the task force that will administer the next round of grants.