[Lexington, KY] – Just days following Haiti’s devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, Alltech began its work to help rebuild the country through tangible, long-term investment. Within 48 hours of the quake’s cessation, Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, was in Haiti identifying opportunities for the company’s involvement, and the Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project was swiftly launched.
Now, 14 months later and at time when Haiti seems like a distant, troubling memory to much of the world, Alltech is intensifying its efforts. This February the Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project has seen the following developments:
• The hiring and appointment of two Haitians – Jean Claude Felix, most recently the principal teacher of appropriate technology at Chrétienne North Haiti University’s Agronomical School, is managing onsite operations of Alltech’s Café Citadelle coffee project in Haiti. Avelyne Saint-Hilaire is coordinating special projects including the Centre Educatif l’Union des Coeurs and the long-term development of an Alltech office presence in the country.
• The procurement of a poultry unit – Alltech has secured a poultry unit and is currently identifying land in Haiti for its placement. Once established, the unit will provide additional jobs and a protein-rich food source for the people of Haiti.
• Centre Educatif l’Union des Coeurs - Within months of the earthquake, Alltech and the University of Kentucky began working with the children of a small village called Ouanaminthe in northern Haiti. A children’s choir, christened Haitian Harmony, was formed, and the group spent time touring the United States in autumn 2010 to draw attention to the ongoing plight of their homeland.
Alltech assumed total financial responsibility for the children’s school in Ouanaminthe, including renovations, maintenance, and salaries. The renovations, including the rebuilding of sanitary restrooms and cooking facilities, a new classroom, the installation of a water system and drainage for rain water, new roofing, and a generator for electricity, are now nearly complete. Students are also learning about agriculture though Alltech’s Kidzone program.
• Café Citadelle – One of Alltech’s primary objectives in its Sustainable Haiti Project was to identify and then work to enrich existing Haitian enterprises. A treasure was found in the country’s 100% mountain-grown Arabica coffee. Working with RECOCARNO, a union of eight coffee cooperatives in north Haiti, Alltech launched the Café Citadelle brand. Organically grown and fair trade certified, the coffee beans are hand-picked, ensuring a consistent and flavorful coffee at the peak of its richness.
All proceeds from Café Citadelle go directly to supporting the families working with the co-op. Alltech is also working with RECOCARNO on ensuring the long-term growth of their operations through the improvement of facilities and quality control systems.
Alltech is proud to announce that this fair trade coffee - a cup of hope from Haiti, for Haiti - is now available for purchase at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, Ky. It may also be purchased at www.alltech.com/coffee, 1-888-636-3302, or at Coffee Times on 2571 Regency Road in Lexington, Ky.
For more information on the Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project, please visit www.alltech.com/haiti. The Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project is part of Alltech’s ACE Foundation, classified as a 501c3 non-profit organization. Tax deductible donations may be made to Alltech’s ACE Foundation in care of Flora Djojo at 3031 Catnip Hill Pike, Nicholasville, Ky. 40356.