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Anderson Pots aid Haiti reforestation


Three Angels Children's Relief has received a generous donation from Anderson Die & Manufacturing of Portland, Oregon, for its tree nursery in Port au Prince, Haiti. The donation will aid in growing breadfruit and other fruit trees in Haiti. Three Angels is using the 10,000 donated Anderson 2-3/8-inch by 5-inch tree-bands and Anderson's sturdy deep propagation flats to begin producing more than 25,000 fruit trees per year to help feed the Haitian people and battle Haiti's rampant deforestation problem. Haiti's deforestation has reached epidemic levels with the earthquake-ravaged island's forest coverage currently estimated at only about 1.5 percent.
Haiti's poor population faces a tremendous struggle to find cooking fuel for their daily meals. About 70 percent of all Haitians and nearly 100 percent of the poorest Haitians use a charcoaled wood product in cooking their daily staples of rice and beans. Use of this charcoal product for cooking is the primary cause of the deforestation problem. Deforestation has resulted in cooking fuel shortages, mudslides and other unstable earth conditions, and fewer fruit trees to supplement local diets. With fewer trees available for charcoal production, charcoal cooking fuel prices have doubled in the last year. 
Three Angels Children's Relief and partners at the Trees That Feed Foundation are currently engaged in a major public awareness campaign to encourage the Haitian people to convert from their traditional charcoal cooking to clean energy cooking using propane. In addition, these groups are teaching local farmers to recognize the value of trees to Haiti and why trees need to be preserved, rather than cut down for fuel.
The trees produced by the Three Angel's Port au Prince nursery are sold for a nominal fee throughout the island country. The goal is that Haiti will one day again return to the tropical paradise it once was where native trees produced both edible fruit and reliable shelter against the various furies of nature.