Haiti’s Garden of Hope

Urban oasis offers hope to Haiti’s poorest

By Philippe Cousteau and Matthew Knight, for CNN
July 8, 2013

Locals are trying to help themselves by creating areas which can build a more healthy environment. A former garbage dump has been cleared to make way for a new community garden.

A range of vegetables and herbs are grown in the garden including eggplant, radishes, basil and parsley.
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The half-acre facility not only provides badly needed nutrition for residents, it also educates children about how to grow produce.
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Daniel Tillias has led a team of volunteers who helped create the garden. “People get in mind that it’s not possible to garden in Haiti — the soil is no longer good, we don’t have water. But you see we have accomplished something really amazing,” he says.
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“I want (the children) to be able to eat, to make money out of the garden and to feel more peace through the garden. If I can see these three things happen, I would feel as if I had fulfilled my dream,” Tillias says.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Community garden project a symbol of hope for Haitian shantytown
  • Former garbage dump transformed into largest urban garden in the country
  • Recycled tires, suitcases and footballs used as plant pots

See Photos, Videos and Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/08/world/americas/urban-oasis-offers-hope-haiti/

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One Response to Haiti’s Garden of Hope

  1. Alice Jordon says:

    How wonderful!

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