AMAR Haiti

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AMAR Haiti

Thibeau, Haiti
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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We are two Veterinary Medical Students studying Food Animal Production Medicine with an interest in Public Health and Food Security at the University of Pennsylvania. We are currently working with our partners, the iF Foundation, in the community of Thibeau in Nord, a rural part of northern Haiti without access to running water or electricity, with the goal of establishing a Goat Cooperative Breeding Program with an education curriculum, and a goat microlending program.

Our program will provide families in this community with goat production training and resources, empowering them to take on the role of skilled animal and public health community leaders. Eventually they will cooperatively own and manage the goat business and train subsequent families, propagating the program and ensuring its sustainability.

The name AMAR comes from our first goat microlending program in rural India with a group of widowed women, who chose to name their program "Amar" meaning "never ending cycle."

The AMAR Haiti goat program will support financial independence, provide a sustainable source of nutrition, improve Haitian goat genetics, and eventually become a novel training opportunity for veterinary students. We hope that their participation will inspire and equip them to seed additional AMAR projects throughout Haiti and eventually other parts of the developing world.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Eighty percent of the Haitian population lives below the global poverty line on roughly $1-2 per day and faces numerous obstacles including lack of employment, inadequate healthcare, limited food and water resources, restricted access to education, political instability, and a glaring absence of infrastructure. In the midst of this affliction, there is a unique opportunity for animal production systems to ameliorate economic hardships while improving human nutritional standards, and thus health. Unfortunately, Haitians who invest in livestock face parasite control issues, limited forage, and unremitting natural disasters and environmental degradation. The lack of an efficient method for the dissemination of information and training further compounds this situation. There is no veterinary school in Haiti, and veterinary personnel and resources are limited. Established humanitarian organizations that provide animals to Haitians do not always have access to the necessary husbandry and veterinary training to ensure successful management and production. We currently work with the community of Thibeau in Nord, a rural part of northern Haiti without access to running water or electricity.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The main objective of this project proposal is to establish an AMAR Animal Training Center (AATC) in Haiti. The AATC will provide education and training in sustainable goat management, improve the genetics of the local goat population, support financial independence and community commerce. In the future we will use the two established AMAR programs as a training tool for students from all over the world. In this way, the AMAR program will further contribute to improving environmental management, food production, animal health, and human health across the globe. As future veterinarians interested in a more comprehensive approach to human and animal health, we are well-positioned to tackle the medical, nutritional, and management obstacles inevitable in the sustainable production of food animals in Haiti. Our program will provide impoverished families in this community with goat production training and resources, empowering them to take on the role of skilled animal and public health community leaders. They will manage the cooperative-style goat business and train subsequent families, propagating the program and ensuring its sustainability. The AMAR Haiti goat program will support financial independence, provide a sustainable source of nutrition, improve Haitian goat genetics, and eventually become a novel training opportunity for veterinary students. The participation of veterinary students will inspire and equip them to seed additional AMAR projects throughout Haiti.