GER’s first major project as a new organization (formally launched in January 2017) is the Haiti Tree Recycling Project. GER, in partnership with the communities and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is supporting up to 10,000 Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew with livelihood recovery through a three-month tree recycling pilot project in the Grand’Anse Department (Dame Marie and Abricots).
GER is working through an intensive community engagement process to identify the fallen trees that can be recycled into building materials that can then be used in reconstruction. Community members are trained and then work to assist in clearing areas of wood that can be used as timber for rebuilding damaged homes. Income generation and support to small enterprises in the area ensures that there are economic benefits for communities (families and small businesses) engaged in the project.