How Your Support Creates Sustainable Jobs

"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day…teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime!”…

Baby Tilapia for Fish Farming in HaitiFish Farming is a fast, efficient route to creating desperately needed jobs in Haiti. Basic protein needs throughout the country are immense and imports are currently the primary source of this nutritional necessity. The availability of large underutilized lakes makes it possible for Haiti to seize a great opportunity.

The formula is simple and effective: $2,200 will set up a family in the fishing business with 2 cages and enough fingerlings and fish food for one production cycle. That modest cost sets this poor family on the road out of absolute poverty to an improved life style. Relief for Hatian VillagesThe technology is proven and provided. Supporting infrastructure can readily be expanded to serve the needs of the growing fishing industry.

Long range, Haiti could be well positioned to participate in the world market for fish. Currently the oceans are overfished and supply of fresh fish is increasingly being accommodated by fish farming. Haiti’s relative location to the USA, the world’s largest importer of fish provides the needed opportunity to participate.

The country is fortunate to have Dr. Valentin Abe, a person who is well qualified professionally and widely recognized as a humanitarian. Donor partners, large and small, are encouraged to join with Dr. Abe and help bring about an economic miracle in the fishing villages in Haiti.

Current project needs are listed in the table below:

Item Cost
One cage in the lake $1,200
Cage Project (2 cages) enabling one job $2,400
Complete Village Project: 100 Cages - 50 jobs (4 villages to be funded) $120,000/village
$480,000 total
Fish Processing Plant $240,000
Refrigerated Truck $40,000
Land Purchase for Fish Hatchery $80,000
Office Building at Hatchery $20,000
Funding to build management depth, training & education $220,000
Village Needs: Housing, Water, School tuition, etc many small gifts
Grand Total $1,080,000 +


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Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. More than half its population is malnourished, and with this year's earthquake and hurricanes, conditions have worsened. Foreign aid is only providing immediate relief and not long term progress.
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Caribbean Harvest is leading the effort to build a sustainable commercial fishing industry for Haiti. Through its hatcheries and fish farms CH can create thousands of jobs for unemployed fishermen who live in impoverished villages around Haiti’s largest lakes.
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Caribbean Harvest is attempting to expand very rapidly and reach an annual production rate of 2 million pounds of tilapia by the end of 2012 with good jobs for over 450 people. Profits from fish sales will flow through the Caribbean Harvest Foundation to be used for housing, waters supplies, food, schools etc. With adequate funding the fast job growth can be sustained enabling thousands to be removed from absolute poverty.
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Large and small charitable donations are needed by Caribbean Harvest to stimulate this aggressive job growth program. Twelve gifts of $100 will put one new cage in operation. $300 will put a child in school. $2,200 will purchase 2 cages and instantly create one job. $120,000 provide 50 quality jobs that will sustain one village.
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