Check out some slideshows and detailed progress reports of Project Harvest’s work.
Winter 2015-2016 Newsletter
“Before Project Harvest started, the kids from here (Pitahaya) were not able to grow properly or learn as easily.” Ailsa Litchfield, 12 yrs. old, a Project Harvest donor, wrote these words in her blog after visiting Guatemala with her family in early 2015. View the full report.
Project Harvest’s dream is a world free from hunger, in which every child , woman and man can fully enjoy all their rights as human beings, particularly their right to food: adequate, nutritious and culturally appropriate food. View the full report.
Some recent photos from Pitahaya, Guatemala, a community hard-hit by drought. The pictures give an inkling of what can be realized given some resources and the hard work of all concerned. The third slide shows a water catchment system which is critical for successful cultivation during the dry season.
Dry season or rainy season, El Guayabo is blessed with more moisture than the community of Pitahaya. Santos Mendez (shown in the first 3 photos) gathers cow manure from her neighbour’s field in order to enrich her soil with quantities of organic worm compost. Isaura (wearing a white top) is our field worker in both Pitahaya and El Guyabo and a wonderful asset to Project Harvest – Guatemala.
Winter 2014-2015 Newsletter
“Before you go hungry, you have already lost control.” These few words capture why global hunger continues to exist in the world. In this edition of Resilience we will explore the significance of these words in Guatemala and in the broader global context. View the full report.
August 2014 Slideshow
Guatemala’s drought continues to affect Project Harvest communities. In August of 2014, participants received training in community development, as well as materials for new rain catchment systems and worm composting. View the slideshow.
2014 Spring Newsletter
This spring, Project Harvest continued to monitor the food crisis in Guatemala, which has left 95,000 families without grain in the ‘Dry Corridor’.
View the full report.
January 2014 Slideshow
Project Harvest participants have been facing many adversities during the past year, including a serious drought that has hit Guatemala hard. In January of 2014, participants harvested their crops in spite of their struggles. View the slideshow.
This September Project Harvest warned that a growing food crisis in Pitahaya, Chiquimula, one of the communities where Project Harvest has been successful, will continue to accelerate if more is not done to respond to this humanitarian crisis. View the full report.
2013 Program Report
This year Project Harvest shifted towards a more holistic approach. We have come to realize that we have to work on a number of solutions simultaneously to support rural families to improve their nutrition and their livelihood. View the full report.
July 2013 Slideshow
In July of 2013, Project Harvest participants harvested squash and radishes. Women leaders also mapped their community resources and planned for future community outreach, identifying governmental and non-governmental agencies in their area. View the slideshow.
December 2012 Slideshow
In December of 2012, Project Harvest participants continued to manage their water storage systems and develop their worm composting practice. They harvested beans and other vegetables for a well-balanced diet. Their gardens were flourishing. View the slideshow.
July 2012 Slideshow
In the summer of 2012, Project Harvest participants managed their farmland and terraces to best grow their vegetables in mountainous Guatemala. They continued to employ organic material to their crops and enjoyed a bountiful harvest. View the slideshow.
March 2012 Slideshow
In the spring of 2012, participants harvested vegetables such as brocoli and collected rain water in their depositos to use during on their crops during the dry season. Meetings were held with project leaders to measure the community’s progress. View the slideshow.
December 2011 Slideshow
In December of 2011, participants in the Xecaja community of Casa Blanca learned how to use natural insecticides on their crops. Project Harvest also installed irrigation systems in various gardens to provide water during the dry season. View the slideshow.
September 2011 Slideshow
In the fall of 2011, Project Harvest delivered new materials for the rainwater catchment systems, known as “depositos”. We also checked in on participants gardens and rabbit hutches. View the slideshow.
Summer 2011 Slideshow
In June 2011, Project Harvest helped many families install rainwater catchment systems so they can store water to use on their gardens during the dry season. We also provided vaccinations for the project’s rabbits. View the slideshow.
Winter 2011 Slideshow
Between January and March 2011, Project Harvest installed above-ground nurseries for seedlings to develop, built fences to keep animals out of gardens and set-up irrigation systems to water gardens throughout the dry season. View the slideshow.
November 2010 Slideshow
In 2007, Project Harvest helped install irrigation systems in participants gardens so they can water their plants during the dry season. Tubes carry water from the “depositos” and disperse it efficiently throughout the crops. View the slideshow.
June 2010 Slideshow
In the summer of 2010, Project Harvest delivered seeds to the participants and checked on the state of the water depositos. We also checked on the state of the participant’s trees which were starting to provide fruit. View the slideshow.
2010 Annual Report
Each year, Project Harvest takes stock of what it has accomplished and what it can do to improve its impact in the various communities. Read the full report.
Spring 2010 Report
Despite that April is the hardest month, at the end of six months of no rain, many gardens were flourishing like never before. At this time of year the gardens have endured six months of the dry season and the little water that gave them life at the beginning of the season is long gone. Read the full report.
2009 Annual Report
In 2009 the project was active in ten communities in two
areas of Guatemala. Over the course of the year, 15 new participants joined the project bringing the total to 215. They have created 141 individual family gardens and six communal gardens, with over a thousand beneficiaries. Read the full report.
2008 Annual Report
In 2008, MAGA, Guatemala’s Ministry of Agriculture, visited some of Project Harvest’s gardens and cited the work of the project as a model. Read the full report.
2007 Annual Report
In 2007 the project counted 175 participants; 95% are women and form 12 groups. They have created 116 individual family gardens and six communal gardens. Counting family members there are over a thousand beneficiaries. View the full report.
2006 Annual Report
This year participants have learned to install the sweat hose irrigation system. Using only one barrel of water a day, it is low cost, easy to install and lasts for up to 20 years. View the full report.
2005 Five Year Plan
Five years into the project, Project Harvest assesses its work to date. Project Harvest has collaborated with ten Guatemalan community organizations, and guided the installation of over 200 garden sweat hose irrigation systems in 30 different Mayan communities. Read the full report.