January 2013 Update - The John Malcheski Memorial Nursery in the
village of Merceron is doing extremely well. A variety
of fruit trees and reforestation tree seeds have been planted.
Tree seeds for reforestation sown:
After Linda Wielgus, Jim Fitzpatrick and Fr. Larry Canavera
returned from an assessment visit to Haiti, Linda reported on the
memorial funds that are being used to construct a new tree
"In consult ation with the Malcheski family, FOH is in the
process of constructing the John Malcheski Memorial Nursery in
Merceron. It will aid the economy and help prevent deforrestration.
It will help many of the villagers the opportunity to
become self supporting while enriching the natural resources.
Merceron was selected for its fertile soil and water
availability. The land selected is elevated enough to avoid
being flooded out during tropical storms. A nursery manager is
being hired to oversee daily operations once the nursery is
When the seedlings are large enough to be transplanted they will
be distributed to families throughout the 4 sections of Thomazeau.
The families must agree to keep the seedlings safe from
destruction by animals and keep the trees watered. The trees
cannot be cut down for 10 years.
It is our hope that once the fruit from the trees is ready for
market landowners will purchase more trees from the nursery.
Operation of the nursery will eventually be turned over to a
nursery committee in the village.
Friends of Haiti is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization
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