Dear Readers: Please help support our efforts to plant trees, restore natural resources, and provide income to local communities in Haiti! Here are your options:

1. Join our Team to raise funds for CDi - Miles of Trees

2. Register and ride the 2nd edition Tour de Quisqueya with us in Haiti in 2017 (new dates are currently being worked out - see update below)

3. Join our Team on the Red White and Blue Ridge Climate Ride in September this year! Same goal, same team name, different event. 

4. Riding a Century? Donate your miles to Miles of Trees by committing to raise $1 per mile. If you raise $2 per mile we give you a team jersey! Visit here for more information.

5. Do it all!

We have supported CDi's Miles of Trees tree planting initiative since 2010, including by participating in several Climate Rides. Many of you have helped too, and together we have planted well over 10,000 trees in a country troubled by deforestation. Coupled with unsustainable agricultural practices deforestation causes accelerated soil erosion and increased risks of food insecurity and flooding.

CDi's Miles of Trees program aims to raise funding for one tree per mile pedaled in the U.S. and beyond. You are encouraged to participate and support!

In 2017, we will again be participating in the "Tour de QuisqueyaIndependent Challenge (press release), as well as in the Red White and Blue Ridge Climate Ride. This Cycling Adventure & Social Impact Project in Haiti will have its second edition take place from February 18 to March 6, 2017, and it offers one and two week options. Check it out - we encourage you to consider joining this adventure of a lifetime! And please don't miss to watch and share the 2016 video.  

 

UPDATE:
Due to Hurricane Matthew during that devastated much of Haiti in the fall of 2016, the second edition of the Tour de Quisqueya was postponed. The damage to infrastructure and ethical considerations, knowing that local friends and fellow cyclists had been severely affected, left us no other choice. We are eager to announce new dates as soon as possible, likely for late 2017 or early 2018. Meanwhile, we continue to plant trees in Haiti and our local partners including the Léogâne Cycling Club are organizing smaller cycling events in their communities. We are planning to visit in July / August and to have ministerial meetings with the newly elected Haitian Government at that time. It is our goal to announce new dates for the TdQ II by September of this year. 

 

CDi's Miles of Trees is proud to be a founding member in the Tour de Quisqueya. During the Tour's Premiere Edition in 2016 we planted 4,000 trees on the anniversary of the Earthquake.

Trees we plant are sourced from CDi's very own tree nursery in Léeogane, Haiti. This nursery is run by one of CDi's Haitian Farmer Exchange Program Participants who came to New Earth Farm in Virginia to learn during 2015 and early 2016. He is not only able to sustain himself with this work, he is also now able to expand his operations and hire additional staff. More trees and a stronger local economy! Win-Win!

Trees we plant include but are not limited to:

  • Mango
  • Avocado
  • Coffee
  • Akazia
  • Corosol
  • Moringa

You can make a secure online donation today by clicking on the 'Support Me' button. You'll automatically receive an acknowledgment and I will be notified by email of your support. Thank you for your help!

Matthias

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