At HarvestCall’s Dairy Program Farm in the Torbeck plain of Haiti, it has become a common sight to see a gathering of local residents and farmers at the front of the property. A spot with lots of activity is the community well which our water aid team drilled on the site. Local residents often walk animals to get water at the farm water well, which has become an especially important asset to the area as the drought of 2015 brought severe water shortages. This well is accessible to more farmers in the area now that a bridge has been constructed over the irrigation canal.
A gazebo is nearing completion on the premises. This gazebo will be important as a gathering place for instruction and communication for the program. The dairy program site has already become a popular gathering spot for the neighborhood as a result of the completed projects.
The purpose of the Haiti Dairy Program is to promote Christ to Haitian farmers and improve their lives. The mission is to establish the heart of a viable Haitian dairy industry through farmers honoring God and working cooperatively. By working with Haitian dairy farmers, experimenting with more nutritious forages, introducing cows bred to produce milk while withstanding the hot climate, and teaching techniques to improve milk production, there is an opportunity to improve the economic conditions of the farmers and provide nutritious milk to many underfed children of Haiti. Moreover, the program is an opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ and bring the gospel message of salvation through the shed blood of Jesus to all the farmers in the area.
“--- desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” 1 Peter 2,3
A few months ago, Bro. Les Kaeb and his wife, Sis. Christine, have relocated from Francesville, IN to Haiti to manage the activities of the Haiti Dairy Program. In addition to forage development, gazebo and bridge construction, and the community water well, plans are underway to construct a shop and storage depot on the farm, where building supplies, tools, planting and seeding equipment, and feed can be stored out of the elements. A small house for a Haitian manager is also in the works.
Back in the states, calves have been born for importation to Haiti. These cows are a cross between Gyr, a warm climate breed, and Holstein, a high milk production breed. Also planned is a purchase of local cows to determine which animals will produce best on the forages developed.
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness 2 Corinthians 9:10
How You Can Help with the Haiti Dairy Program
For Bro. Les and the dairy program committee as they work with the Haitian people to bring the gospel to them and improve their lives.
If you are moved to help with financial support, contributions may be made to AC HarvestCall - Haiti Dairy Program.
Consider participating in an upcoming work team. Plans are in the works for one this Spring. Watch thewebsite and the Silver Lining.
For additional information, contact Bro. Tom Neuenschwander at (260) 824-4773.
Posted on Monday Jan 11
by Site Admin