In this program, market goats and a variety of vegetables are purchased from local livestock producers and vegetable farmers and used to create a goat meat-vegetable product, known as 'Chili Kabrit'. Chili Kabrit is designed to provide a high quality animal-source protein for school childrens' nutritional supplementation. One serving of Chili Kabrit provides a child with 100% of their daily recommendation of protein, 100% of their daily recommendation of iron, and 100% of their daily recommendation of Vitamin A as well as a host of other vitamins and minerals in a single, hearty, good-tasting meal.
Since 2014, we have been regularly distributing Chili Kabrit as a lunch supplement on a weekly basis to children in the outlying mountain schools in the Gressier area and, in so doing, are creating an economic stimulus that supports agricultural producers within the Gressier community.
During the 2016-2017 school year we distributed 900 Chili Kabrit meals each month to two schools identified as having large percentages of children with anemia. In the fall semester of 2017, we increased our distribution to 1,800 Chili Kabrit meal supplements each month to these two schools in addition to a third at-risk rural school in the greater Gressier area. For the 2018 school year, we provided 2,700 meals per month to students at these 3 at-risk rural schools.
Since Fall 2019 our distribution activities have increased to 3,520 Chili Kabrit meals per month. Currently, we are providing 880 meal supplements each week to children in each of these three rural schools. Students in all 3 schools receive Chili Kabrit meals on Wednesday with a second meal served on Fridays to each of the three schools on an alternating basis. For most of these children, these are the most nutritious meals they receive each week. We continue to seek additional support to be enable us to serve children at all three schools Chili Kabrit meals twice weekly.
Production of Chili Kabrit meals is dependent on inputs (goats and vegetables) purchased from local farmers in the Gressier area. Thus, our Farm-to-Fork program provides a regularly occurring economic stimulus in support of the local agricultural community throughout the school year.
Our goat herd is located on the 55-acre Christianville Foundation campus farm in Gressier Haiti.
Basic herd management procedures were established by Dr. Farin and are now being carried out by resident Haitian farm managers. In October 2009, the herd consisted of approximately 70 does with 3-4 bucks. During summer and fall of 2009, using funds provided through a grant from Heifer Project International, a series of producer workshops were held to train local producers in not only basic animal management skills but also co-operative development and functioning. In November 2009, goats were distributed to producers who had participated in the entire workshop series. Following the earthquake in January 2010, additional animals from the herd were used for emergency food distributions and herd size decreased to about 15 animals. The herd was re-established and currently, consists of approximately 70 animals.
Bucks (male breeding goats) produced through the application of advanced breeding technologies (artificial insemination) have been made available for distribution to other producers in Haiti.
In 2011, a collaboration was established with World Relief personnel improve the genetics of goats in the Hinche region using reproductive techniques established in Gressier. A major training session on goat production and breeding management was conducted at NC State and animals from the Gressier farm were bred with semen from US sires to produce animals of improved genetics.
In 2012, approximately 130 additional does were synchronized, bred and distributed to World Relief beneficiaries with students of the School of Agriculture located in Hinche participating in hands-on training laboratories to facilitate these activities.
Between 2012 and 2019 approximately 41 bucks of high genetic merit have been distributed to World Relief beneficiary communities as well as other organizations and producers in the greater Gressier area and across Haiti. Each of these bucks have been used as breeding animals to improve the genetic quality of goats in the local community in which they reside. Since 2013 we have provided training for managers interested in goat production and we continue to produce bucks of high genetic merit for sale or distribution on an annual basis.
This program of the Haiti Goat Project is ongoing as we continue to expand our goat herd.
Our program functions in service of the local community by providing Haitian farmers with animals of high genetic merit to improve their local stock as well as provides an opportunity for local farmers to learn management techniques for improving their own livestock operations.
The Haiti Goat Project is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.