In the last two weeks since our last update, great progress has been made on the pigsty facilities at Maison L’Arc-en-Ciel, which when completed will create revenue streams of over 8,500 dollars annually. The sty is being constructed by a local Haitian firm, with oversight from orphanage staff, and has created several jobs for people in the community. Once the construction of the project is completed, equipment will be purchased and the children and staff will receive technical training on maintaining the sty and instruct on how to raise the animals properly and humanely. This training will provide skills that can be utilized by the children and staff in the future to expand the project at L’Arc-en-Ciel as well as in the future careers.
The challenges that will be faced in the near future will be related to meeting the energy needs of the project. Currently, the orphanage runs strictly on a diesel generator and does not produce enough electricity to meet their current needs, let alone to power all the equipment necessary for additional poultry and pork production. This is where we must turn to renewable power sources to try and meet the needs of the new integrated farm we are building at Maison L’Arc-en-Ciel. With the help of solar experts here in the US, and firms in Haiti, a comprehensive solar plan can be created to bring sustainable power to the projects of Maison L’Arc-en-Ciel. On our next trip to Haiti in the coming months, we will collect all the necessary data and create preliminary plans to begin brining clean energy to Maison L’Arc-en-Ciel.
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