Building Sustainable Development in Haiti Through Agricultural Training


Why does Haiti need more money? What happened to the billions of dollars donated to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake?

That’s a fair question, but it could take volumes to answer. Much of what was ‘donated’ has either never been released or received by Haitians. The fact is that Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and its’ people are in need of our help now.

Haiti is known to have a corrupt government that syphons money off all exports/ imports while impoverishing their own people. What portion of my donation to LimeAid will go directly to the College of Agricultural Studies?

You can see from our 5-year forecast (see The Plan) that 85% of your donations will go directly to the College. We have no paid staff in Canada as a charity, but we will need to spend money on such things as web development to solicit donations (3%). Also, our experience has taught us that management oversight is required for projects in Haiti, so we have forecast regular trips there (12%).

What track record do Don and Simon have in effectively operating a charity?

LimeAid is managed by a Board of Directors, which includes people with proven expertise in managing not-for-profit businesses.

What will happen to LimeAid/ College of Agricultural Studies if the revenue generated is insufficient to financially support the College after 5 years?

We don’t believe that this will happen but are actively working on partnerships with other NGOs who work on the La Gonave, such as Wesleyan Church (Global Partners), WISH (West Indies Self Help) and Starfysh, who might be able to carry on the work in such a scenario.

Can I direct my donation to the project of my choosing?

Yes, but only by cheque, in person or by mail.  Please check out our Donations Policies for more details.

Do you accept and receipt non-cash (in kind) donations?

We are open to such donations on an individual case-by-case basis.

When will you be having your next Short Term Mission trip to Haiti, and how can I apply?

We will broadcast our plans on this website, or you can contact us to let us know of your interest and we can email you announcements of any upcoming trips.

Has the University of Guelph fully endorsed the work of LimeAid? What is the ongoing involvement of the University of Guelph in the College of Agricultural Studies in La Gonave?

LimeAid has worked with the University of Guelph over the course of the last few years to develop a business case for this initiative. LimeAid is currently exploring what ongoing relationship might be most mutually beneficial with the UoG, and John Dawson, Professor, Biology has just recently joined LimeAid’s Board, in part to assist with this process.

Doesn’t Haiti have an agricultural school already?

Yes, there are several schools on the mainland, including the State University of Haiti, College of Agronomy & Veterinary Medicine (FAMV), National School of Agronomy (NSA) and University Henri Christoph du Nord. None of these operate on the Ile de la Gonave nor are they practically accessible to their 150/year high school graduates (accepting <15% applicants). We plan to work with these institutions on curriculum development and teacher training.

Will enrollment favour or be restricted to Christians?

No. Our Christian faith simply motivates us and will guide our behaviour in operating LimeAid and the College of Agricultural Studies in Haiti.