PLANT. CULTIVATE. FEED.
Our Overture Social Support Model is built on five essential pillars: empowerment, education, nutrition, housing and healthcare. Farming literally feeds all five pillars in some way, because when farming prospers, community members are healthier and more productive in all areas of their lives. That's why equipping farmers is critical to developing long-term food and economic security in the communities we serve.
Overture's programs are designed to provide families with opportunities that enable them to have access to food and reduce food insecurity through their own efforts and income.
In 2020, Haiti ranked 104 out of the 107 countries on the Global Hunger Index.
In the 3 departments of Southern Haiti, 76% of the population are in nutritional distress.
60% of Haitians live on less that $2.41 per day (national poverty line) and one-fourth of the population lives on less than have that amount (extreme poverty). It costs approx. $3.70 a day to purchase enough rice for a family of 6.
Planting Seeds of Independence
Long-term food security and self-sufficiency are always our goals, which is why we foster local farming by providing 120 acres of crop-share land to ESPWA’s surrounding communities.
This program provides more than 60 farmers access to farmable land, seeds and other supplies to grow their own food and surplus that they can market.
Overture also equips farmers in the communities we serve with resources that expand crop production to meet all of their nutritional needs and create food security for their communities. Resources may include irrigation equipment, tools, seeds and/or fruit trees.
Overture conducts comprehensive community assessments to strengthen local leadership in identifying nutritional needs and development of long-term food security goals.
Training workshops are provided by professional agronomists and other experts to determine what crops are most impactful for the community. Technical training is also provided to equip community members with the knowledge and skills needed for nutritional success.
Overture partners with community schools to implement school lunch programs that allow program directors to purchase goods from local markets, start small student gardens and hire community members for meal preparation.
Professional social workers and public health workers provide training for staff and parents on proper nutrition and sanitation to improve the overall health and well-being so children have all the advantages for learning.
ESPWA Community Farm