CEHAH first went Cavaillon to assess the situation, on that trip we learnt while Jeremie and other easily accessible areas had received a conceivable amount of aid and exposure, unfortunately Cavaillon had not. Following the devastation caused by Matthew- the remote city of Cavaillon no development or governmental agency had visited the area until CEHAH arrived.
The people there lost their crops, livestocks and belongings- many are still sleeping in lodging with no roofs. They even lost the only church in the area. Together, the community chose five families they believe need to to rebuild their homes right away and have asked our help to compete this task. We promised we'd do what we can- especially given this is beyond our scope of work.
We also promised to return, this time with the seeds they asked for.
On Nov 12, CEHAH returned to Cavaillon to distribute seeds for legumes which local inhabitants say is a critical first step in helping them recover sustainably since they lost all their crops after hurricane Matthew.
This time CEHAH's team which included two agronomists, were received by much larger crowd than before; over 165 people were in attendance.
The agronomists held a Q&A and provided much sought instructions on the process of how to efficiently harvest different kinds of crops on the land. Locals insisted that CEHAH works with them indefinitely, as a result a committee of nine people; with two supervisors was put in place. Committee members were chosen by the locals in the community.
The seeds distributed amongst this committee included: lettuce, carrots, green peppers, beets, summer squash, spinach, collards and cucumbers. This committee is responsible for starting the process of planting and watering the seeds, cultivating nurseries and then sharing them with local farmers.
Towards the end, the agronomists did some demonstrations and since CEHAH had catered food, all in attendance ate together.