GER3 CONDUCTS SECOND SUSTAINABLE TREE RECOVERY OPERATION IN DAME MARIE, HAITI - 2017
GER3 reinitiated its Hurricane Matthew Sustainable Tree Recovery program in select communities of Dame Marie, Haiti in early 2018, thanks to a generous contribution from the MacFarlane Foundation. In just under two months the team has successfully cut 1,040 cubic meters of fallen trees and created 319 wooden planks from recovered wood. Eighty percent of these planks are given to the landowner to rebuild structures and livelihoods, while the remaining planks are given to local municipalities to fashion into structures for schools, health centres and communities. The first portion of this wood has been used to create 11 school benches and two waiting benches for the local hospital. The program is estimated to have over 1,000 beneficiaries, including paid workers, landowners, staff and community members affected by the storm.