Building a greenhouse in Haiti
DHL colleagues once again proved their commitment to the Group's Living Responsibility principles by supporting a greenhouse-building effort outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The volunteers from DHL Express joined in a USAID activity to help a women farmers' association improve their crop yields.
The team had a lot of fun during the voluntary engagement.
Furcy is a community located in the rugged hills above the Haitian capital. The dry, bare earth is not ideal arable land, but it is available, so in association with the USAID Winner project, DHL's Living Responsibility volunteers helped by sharing greenhouse-building and farming expertise with the local population.
Jean-Paul Faubert, DHL District Manager, French Caribbean, organized the participation. "We spent two amazing and gratifying days filled with joy, laughter, farmer chants and dance," he explains. "Each day finished on a beautiful deck with a breathtaking view of the mountains, savoring a great home-cooked meal and drinking local fresh tea with supposedly interesting physiological properties!"
Teamwork over two days
The volunteers were divided into two groups. Those who worked on Saturday wore yellow t-shirts, while their colleagues who donated their time on Sunday wore white. On Saturday, the greenhouse structure was erected and trees planted in the adjacnet area. Sunday's activities involved fitting the building with a watering system and ínstalling pots for the plants.
"I would especially like to thank John Atis from the USAID Winner program, whose expertise, professionalism, engagement and support all along the way have been key elements in the success of the project," says Faubert. "On behalf of all DHL Haiti volunteers, I would like to thank you all for your support, and I hope that this was the first of many more projects to come. Haiti needs it!"
Author: Richard Demarest
- Rugged landscape
- Growing the number of greenhouses
- Ready to start
- Laying the groundwork
- The framework is almost ready
- A greenhouse takes shape
- Building a doorway to the future
- A view of the finished greenhouse
- Marking the way
- Relaxing at the end of the day
- Planting can begin
- Planting boxes
- Helping hands
- Getting planting boxes ready
- DHL helps Haiti
- Checking the watering system
- Homeward bound
- Dry Haitian hillsides
- Greenhouses on the mountainside
- After a hard day's work
- Celebrating success
- A well-built greenhouse
- The goal of the greenhouse