OUR STORY

CREATING OPPORTUNITY ONE FARM AT A TIME

This project began with a friendship between two people who met on a mission trip. One was a young Haitian translator, Frantz Dorcel Ady, earning extra money while attending his senior year in college. The other a retired teacher, Kathy Radcliffe, traveling with a mission team in the SW Haiti area. The two became fast friends, and continued to stay in close contact after they met. The following year, Frantz Dorcel was selected to receive an international internship with The Ohio State University that brought him to one of the largest greenhouses in the United States, in North Carolina. It was here that Frantz Dorcel decided to find a way to improve farming in Haiti.

A NEW APPROACH

Through the internship and visit to other farms in the USA, Frantz Dorcel formulated a plan to start something new in farming for Haiti, bringing new irrigation techniques to a land with little infrastructure. He had the goal of starting a farming business supported, in the beginning, by a non-profit in the United States. The ultimate vision was for the Haitian agri-business to become self-sustaining. The relationship between Frantz Dorcel and Kathy remained strong over the years, and after Frantz Dorcel’s internship he asked Kathy if she would be willing to open a non-profit organization in the United States whose mission would be to help Haitian agriculture organizations become self-sustaining. Kathy agreed, and in November of 2013, Harvesting 4 Haiti Foundation (H4H) was established as non-profit, 501(c)(3) through the IRS, serving Planting for Hope and Future (PHF), Frantz Dorcel’s new organization, as their first project.

GOALS

FOR THE CURRENT INITIATIVE

Buy new farmland

Plant citrus trees

Maintain farmland

THE PLAN FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

In August 2017, H4H invited a financial planner, David Munn of Munn Wealth Management, to come to Haiti. In his custom-made five day workshop, a specific plan was established:

  • Buy Farmland Every Year
  • Locate Farmland in Close Proximity
  • Plant Long-term Cash Crops
  • Continue to Advance Strong Business Practices
  • Provide Model for Others to Follow

WE ARE NOT A CHARITY.
WE ARE EMPOWERING
COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION.

FOUR DISTINCT CHARACTERISTICS

OF H4H AS A NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION

  1. We are dedicated to community-based organizations driven by the local people’s initiatives. H4H seeks to identify agriculture organizations and communities in poverty stricken areas who are striving to become independent and help them realize their full potential through lasting development.
  2. We work as a financial facilitator, not a program manager, with the goal of empowering local Haitian organizations to address the social and economic factors that affect their lives.
  3. We recognize that the success of a target project is due solely to the diligence and creative initiative of the local organization.
  4. We are dedicated to good stewardship of all donations by maintaining very close communication with the recipient organizations and by engaging in strong due diligence measures, including: requiring a detailed budget, an itemized monthly accounting of all expenditures, annual trips to Haiti to see the projects, meeting with the Haitian Board, and visiting with the communities that are being directly affected by the project.