- AFFECTING CHANGE. BUILDING COMMUNITY - 
  
We want to express our sincere gratitude to all who helped and supported us in Haiti, financially, in-kind, or in spirit, during the recovery phase post Hurricane Matthew.  

This massive storm took lives and livelihoods, and it was the major reason behind the collaborative decision to postpone the planned 2nd Edition of the Tour de Quisqueya Cycling Event *. 


Without your help, revitalizing our  Nouvo Tè Farm in Les Cayes as well as putting a new roof on the destroyed farmhouse and home of agronomist and Tour de Quisqueya cyclist  Guypson Catalis and his family would not have been possible. 
THANK YOU! 

While Guypson is currently starting the seeds for a new planting season, he is soon going to make his way back for a visit to our New Earth Farm in Virginia Beach **, where he already was the first Farmer Exchange Apprentice from Haiti back in 2013.

We were able to send him some additional funds so that he could buy local seeds and seedlings, and to hire farm labor that will also be taking care of things while he is with us in Virginia from mid-March through late July. He will be back in Haiti for harvest time, which will certainly improve the food situation within his community. Meanwhile, any additional assistance for hurricane recovery and farm revitalization is welcome! 


As of late, we were also able to help our second of those Farmer Exchange Apprentices,  Onel Dossou, in re-estbalishing and expanding his tree nursery. This coming Sunday, February-26, he will be conducting a tree planting event in partnership with our friends and Tour de Quisqueya partners at the Léogane Cycling Club for the benefit of the Léogane community. Another event will be hosted in Saint-Marc by active Tour de Quisqueya cyclist Yves Pierre-Louis

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We are sponsoring the Léogane Tree Planting Event with $750 for 1,000 trees to be planted.  But  Onel has many more trees at his disposal, and the Léogane Mayors Office has formally offered their physical help and care-taking for up to 5,000 trees. 
 
In light of this, we invite you to consider a
donation to our Miles of Trees Fund so that we can match this amount for more than double the trees planted:


Speaking of Miles of Trees, we are so excited and thankful for all the support we have received last year, especially from those Climate Riders who elected to raise funds for us! We couldn't be happier to be partnering with Climate Ride and we encourage all cycling enthusiasts and amateurs to consider joining their events this year
 

Also, have a look at the annual 2017 Miles of Trees Ride Calendar - email us if you'd like another ride to be listed or if you want to participate in any of them to help raise funds for trees in Haiti & Beyond ***. We will update the webpage with rides and registrations of participating Miles of Trees cyclists when confirmed. 

Thank you for your dedicated interest and support. 

Sincerely, 

Matthias Resch |
CDi - Community Development International
Tour de Quisqueya


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* Proposals for rescheduled dates range from late 2017 to early 2018 - we will communicate updates when available. Meanwhile, some of the donated bicycles we have received from Bikes for the World will be shipped soon and  
independently to the Tour's social mission partners on the ground. 
 
** New Earth Farm is now formally part of our #eatrealfood movement under the lead of CDi's co-founder Kevin Jamison, whose hugely  successful restaurant  
Commune is at the core of transforming the local food system - Much more exciting news will be coming from Virginia Beach this year so don't miss out and enjoy every bite!

*** This year, for the first time, we are planting trees in Himo, Tanzania during Earth Day in April - stay tuned in!