Welcome to Our Forest
Enel Cyril, the manager of our Haitian team for The Haiti Tree Project, began reforesting with us in 2017 after a devastating cyclone hit Haiti. He came to our tree nursery after he heard all the trees were washed away and began digging them out of the mud in the river bed. He rescued thousands of trees, took them to his own mountainside 20 miles away and planted them. Today, he works for us growing all the seedlings for our projects on his land with the help of a strong community organization.
Mr. and Mrs. Tomas above definitely blew us away with their passion for reforestation. They lived on a bare mountain with nothing, I mean nothing growing, the first time I visited them in 2010. The entire mountain was just rock and they begged me for help. They kept pulling out their pockets and showing me that they are empty. I said, “All I can offer are trees.” And Tomas said he’ll take trees. So over the next two years I saw his mountain transform right through two droughts from lifeless to what you see here. His property spreads way behind the house and he planted and watered all that we offered: mangoes, lemons, oranges, grapefruits and hardwoods. He was a nobody who became an example for all the village. Today their basic needs are met by what the trees provide. Many are very tall now like in some of the other pictures below.