Sadhana Forest is an international vegan organization working in India, Haiti and Kenya. Our work in Haiti started in 2010. The aim is to support long-term food security for people living in the area of Anse-à-Pitres, in southeast Haiti. We do this by planting indigenous food-bearing trees in partnership with the local population. Our four acre campus includes a fully shaded nursery containing 25,000 trees, one large and two small dormitories for volunteers, a training hall, a kitchen, and a small solar power system.
We are not a disaster relief organization! We do not provide short term solutions such as food and medicine distribution.
Our main efforts have been focused on distributing the Maya nut tree which produces a highly nutritious nut that can be used in many different ways – milled into flour, baked into bread, boiled as porridge, extracted into oil, etc. We also distribute other food bearing trees to the local population. We have established a nursery that can produce 50,000 saplings per batch (potential of two batches a year). The planting is done mainly in kitchen gardens and in surrounding villages in the larger Anse-à-Pitres municipal area.
The planting is done together with the local population and training is offered in Sadhana Forest Haiti’s training center. Another major aspect of the project is focused on sustainable living and water conservation. We are constantly sharing this knowledge and acquiring knowledge from the people who visit us. The project has held Permaculture courses in Haitian Creole, workshops, international Permaculture courses, and is constantly expanding its operations in the Anse-à-Pitres area.
Besides planting and nurturing trees, another major project in Sadhana Forest Haiti (SFH) is water conservation. Because SFH is located on a rock bed, where little soil exists, it is very difficult to do water conservation.
Our aim is to achieve, as close as we can, zero water run-off. Creating earth bunds is not feasible where we hardly have any soil. In Sadhana Forest Haiti we devised a system where we construct the bunds from layers of rocks and used clothing. These bunds help slow down water and help it percolate into the underground aquifer. The trees that we plant also help in water conservation, the roots of the trees slowly break the rock bed and help the water percolate into the aquifer.
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The minimum stay asked of volunteers is 2 weeks, although we strongly suggest staying longer in order to enhance your experience of supporting the local community and participating in sustainable living.
Project tasks occur during seva (selfless service) times, which run from sunrise to breakfast and from breakfast to lunch, Monday through Friday. In addition to working in the forest and the tree nursery, volunteers also serve inside the campus, maintaining the facilities, cleaning, organizing, cooking and washing after meals.
We are a non-profit, non-business ecological and humanitarian project that does not generate any income. Therefore, we unfortunately cannot provide free food for volunteers. We ask for a food contribution equal to $6.00 USD per day. This food contribution is only used for food and helps to support your stay with us.
We practice an eco-friendly way of life including whole food veganism, alternative construction, solar energy, biodegradable cleaning products, and compost toilets; and we aim to be a zero waste zone.
Toward that end, Sadhana Forest is a completely vegan environment. We ask volunteers not to bring in or eat any non-vegan food in the forest. Our primary motivation to be vegans is to reduce animal suffering and practice non-violence toward all living beings. A vegan is a person who avoids the use of any animal products for nourishment or for any other purpose. Vegans do not eat meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, honey.
Size of project site
People on site
5 - 30
November to March
April to October
- tent camping
- shared rooms
- over 80% locally sourced
- communal kitchen access
- communally cooked meals
- slow: emails only
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