Food for Life back in Haiti

IRD director for Slovenia, Eva Marn, serving the first meal at the school.

The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne (Ouest Department), approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. The earthquake occurred on Tuesday, 12 January 2010, and by 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake, with death toll estimates ranging from 100,000 to 159,000.

In 2010, Food for Life Global was one of the first agencies to respond to the disaster with volunteers from all over the world helping to set up a vegan food relief service that offered much needed hot meals to refugees for months.

In 2011, Food for Life Global was asked to be a partner in a new initiative by the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with IRD (International Relief and Development) to feed children at one of the schools.

The Slovenian government had acquired a donation of 24 prefabricated containers from the Slovenian construction company TRIMO as part of Slovenia’s commitment to assist children affected by the quake. They asked IRD to assist in importing those containers, identifying a location, and building a space that would serve the children of Haiti? IRD then approached FFLG to feed the children healthy lunches. .

In collaboration with the local government, IRD selected a site in a new village in Carrefour, now called Village Fraternite and a year later the school was established.

Food for Life Global is now feeding the children a healthy vegan lunch everyday with donations from the Lotus Trust in the UK and other international donors.

Every school day, Vishnu das, a volunteer from Santo Domingo rises early to prepare the lunch. He is assisted by local women who cut the vegetables. At 12 midday as school finishes the children line up, one class room at a time to receive hot lunch. “The school is located in a slum area and often the power goes out or the water stops running,” explains, Vishnu with a smile. “But we are determined to feed these children. It gives us great pleasure to see their smiling faces, because I know they have nothing. They come from very poor families where even a new pair of shoes is something you may get once in a lifetime!”

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Paul Turner

Paul Turner co-founded Food for Life Global in 1995. He is a former monk, a veteran of the World Bank, entrepreneur, holistic life coach, vegan chef, and author of 6 books, including, FOOD YOGA, 7 maxims for soul happiness.

MR. Turner has traveled to 72 countries over the last 35 years helping to establish Food for Life projects, train volunteers, and document their success.

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