OGL Haiti: Environmental Center

OGL Haiti: Environmental Center

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

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The OGL Environmental Center is a grassroots, community-based effort where resources (human, educational, technical, and biological) will be provided to local partner environmental organizations to set up a nursery and seed bank in Arcahaie.

The Environmental Center will not only serve as a nursery, but also as a community educational center, where sustainable agro-forestry, reforestation & erosion control programs, sustainable agriculture, economic development, and general environmental education will be facilitated.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Direct Beneficiaries: 1.5 million poor rural farmers and their families including women and children. Women will be the target population. Indirect Beneficiaries: The local small business community, students in public, private, and post-secondary institutions.

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

The Miami Chapter of Architecture for Humanity will lead the building’s design and construction. The process will take an open-source approach, where the community is allowed and encouraged to engage, not only with input but also through the creation of jobs. Community partner members will be offered training and technical support to become empowered to carry out their own specific and appropriate project for their area. The project’s main goal is to replant 500,000 trees in seriously affected areas of Haiti within 5 years. WIthin this scope lies three other objectives: 1. Create seedlings of hardwood trees native to Haiti which will be planted in the deforested areas to restore the forests. 2. Create seedlings of trees with a high economic value to provide an alternative to cutting the trees for charcoal. 3. Encourage the planting and marketing of other cash crops to discourage the sale of charcoal as a main source of cash.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The project will be measured as a success by a purpose level monitoring, where a record of the following is kept: Number of trees planted monthly, quarterly, yearly. Number of nursery trees produced monthly, yearly. Percentage of forest cover restored, protected and managed. Number of people participating in the project. Number of people reached by public relations. Economic progress of the participating partner communities.
About You
Organization:
Operations Green Leaves
About You
First Name

Jennifer

Last Name

Siqueira

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Operations Green Leaves

Organization Phone

305 944 5445

Organization Address

PO Box 5254, Coral Gables, Florida 33114

Organization Country

, FL, Miami-Dade County

Country where this project is creating social impact

, NO

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Nadine Patrice, the founder of OGL, is Haitian and feels privileged to live in Miami with her family. She truly believes that her hometown of Arcahaie, if properly invested, can share the pressures that Port-au-Prince holds as the capital. Only 45 minutes north of Port-au-Prince, along the coast, Arcahaie not only has room to expand and accommodate the new influx of Haitians to the area, but it also has the capacity to lead the way in reducing the population’s impact on the environment. Nadine has been working with several environmental non-governmental organizations based in Haiti. These relationships have grown over the past 20 years, and now the goal is to fortify these efforts through the creation of a new facility where they can all gather and share their findings.

Social Impact
How many people have been impacted by your project?

1,001 - 10,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

1001‐10,000

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Due to high inflation rates, cost of construction has exacerbated in Haiti. The lack of trees has increased all materials' prices. Concrete Masonry Units are not always inspected for quality control. Also, in a country where climatic crisis materializes itself in the form of hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods every year, it is imperative that this facility not only resists these strong natural forces, but also provides shelter for those without at those unfortunate times. We will be implementing a hybrid construction system which involves the use of reinforced bamboo, a highly renewable resource, concrete masonry units and poured concrete. The idea of using a hybrid system is so that in the process of construction, one trade learns from one another.

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

1. Build the Environmental Center to train farmers and the Haitian people in general on protecting their environment.
2. Create nursery/seed bank of hardwood trees native to Haiti and trees with high economic value.
3. Provide training and technical support.
4. Educate the farmers and the Haitian people in general on projecting their environment.
5. Create mobile caravan with video equipment, education material, information on seedlings to reach the most remote areas of the targeted population.
6. Implement a reforestation and agro-forestry program in each of the partner communities.
7. Encourage sustainable economic development by providing entrepreneurship seminars, training in packaging and marketing as well as access to credit through a micro-lending program.

Sustainability
For each selection, please explain the financial and non-financial support from each

Community Collaborations Inc.: Constant flow of college-level students. Percentage of revenue generated by volunteer stay at the center.
Miami-Dade County Department of the Environment: support in the form of tree and seedling donations.
Global Giving Foundation: online platform for donations.

How do you plan to grow and/or diversify your base of support in the next three years?

Besides an ongoing effort to apply for various grants, our partner organization Community Collaborations Inc. will generate a constant stream of cash flow towards the operations of the Environmental Center. Community Collaborations Inc., a non-profit that organizes groups of college-level volunteer trips throughout the world has agreed to bring in a constant flow of students to the Environmental Center.
Also, workshops and seminars will have a minimal fee and so will the use of all equipment available for public use.

Collaboration
Please select your areas of intervention in the home improvement market

Design, Technical assistance, Sanitation, Water, Energy conservation, Renewable energy, Green housing, Environment, Income generation, Rural development, Citizen/community participation.

Is your innovation addressing barriers in the home improvement/progressive housing market? If so, please describe in detail your mechanisms of intervention

Our project is tackling the issue of sustainable/affordable housing indirectly. By implementing new construction methods for the construction of the Environmental Center, we will also be providing local builders with an alternative method of construction that's more affordable and less harmful to the environment.

Are you currently collaborating with private companies, or have you partnered with private companies in the past? With which companies?

n/a

Please describe in detail the nature of the partnership(s)

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