The hope of Lighthouse LANDS was born out of the rubble and destruction of the January 2010 earthquake that devastated the country of Haiti. Chamine Duprevil, aunt to the founding members of Lighthouse LANDS, moved from the rural farmlands of Jeremie to Port-au-Prince, Haiti three months before the earthquake when she realized that her life as a subsistence farmer could no longer sustain her family. So, with her 5 children, Chamine moved to Port-au-Prince in October giving up her farm, like so many people had, in hope of gaining employment in Port-au-Prince that would sustain her family.
At 4:53pm on January 12, 2010, when the land started shaking with a massive 7.0 earthquake, Chamine grabbed her three youngest children Marie Michelle, Fabien, and Majorie and headed for the front door. When they got to the gate, the latch had jammed, so in a panic they turned back around and went into the home trying instead to escape using the back door. Unfortunately, that day when she ran back into her small home in Port-au-Prince, the home collapsed because of its faulty construction. As a result, Chamine, Marie Michelle, Fabien, and Majorie, along with other members of the founder’s family were among the over 315,000 that died in the catastrophic earthquake.
While many saw the destruction and devastation of the earthquake and questioned the ability of the Haitian people to rise from the rubble, the founders of Lighthouse LANDS dared to believe that where there is life, there is hope! So, in memory of Chamine and others who died searching for sustainability and in honor of those living today in Haiti hoping to sustain themselves and their families, the founders of Lighthouse LANDS Project donated their family’s over 300 acres of land in the state of Grand’Anse in Haiti to the cause of education, empowerment, and sustainability.
Today, Lighthouse LANDS fulfills this vision by educating, equipping, and training woman in sustainable farming solutions. Our hope is that in empowering women in the rural countryside to grow their own food, hunger can be alleviated among their families and their community.
Lighthouse LANDS also provides expanding access to education. Lighthouse LANDS continues to provide an integrated sustainable solution to overcome hunger and poverty in the rural countryside of Haiti
Read more about the Lighthouse LANDS Project by using the following links:
- Lighthouse LANDS Project Mission & Vision
- Lighthouse LANDS Sustainable Farming Program
- Lighthouse LANDS Unity Bridge School
- Meet the Board of Directors
- Meet the Board of Advisors
- Meet the Staff