The Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative

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To all our friends and supporters of the Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative:

The Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative (SAI) is coming to an end this month. Accordingly we are ending all pending funding requests for 2016.

We are pleased to report that the many people we have worked with in Haiti are now successfully producing fish in areas that were “fishless” prior to SAI intervention. Most importantly, we know our technologies have begun to perpetuate beyond our project sites, spreading to extended villages and families. This was our goal. Thousands of people now have access to and are eating fish using methods SAI helped develop. I am extremely thankful for this and for the support of our many SAI donors and friends in Haiti who have been willing to invest in SAI fish farming.

During our 14+ years working in Haiti have been able to advise and guide a variety of additional non-profits and NGO’s interested in launching larger fish farming projects. Among the results of these efforts are some massive fish production programs (hundreds of thousands of pounds), which are now feeding many, many Haitian families, school children and orphans, and creating numerous jobs. Of these, Operation Blessing’s success is particularly notable: http://www.ob.org/aquaculture.

We are thankful to have had so many years getting to know and work with the wonderful people of Haiti—this has been a life changing opportunity on many levels. Our farmers, their families and their communities are our friends. We remain committed to them and will stay in contact to provide advisory support as needed.

I want to express my deepest appreciation to our stalwart supporters and friends of SAI. As we close this particular mechanism of effort, please know that together we most certainly have achieved successes and have made a positive and ongoing impact in Haiti.

Peace, thanks and warmest wishes
for a happy holiday season,
Bill