Sadhana Forest is an international vegan organization working in India, Haiti and Kenya. Our work in Haiti started in 2010. The aim is to support long-term food security for people living in the area of Anse-à-Pitres, in southeast Haiti. We do this by planting indigenous food-bearing trees in partnership with the local population. Our four acre campus includes a fully shaded nursery containing 25,000 trees, one large and two small dormitories for volunteers, a training hall, a kitchen, and a small solar power system.
We are not a disaster relief organization! We do not provide short term solutions such as food and medicine distribution, short term employment for local people, etc.
We are happy to welcome volunteers here any time of the year and always have space available!
The minimum stay asked of volunteers is 2 weeks, although we strongly suggest staying longer in order to enhance your experience of supporting the local community and participating in sustainable living. Project tasks occur during seva (selfless service) times, which run from sunrise to breakfast and from breakfast to lunch, Monday through Friday. In addition to working in the forest and the tree nursery, volunteers also serve inside the campus, maintaining the facilities, cleaning, organizing, cooking and washing after meals.
We are a non-profit, non-business ecological and humanitarian project that does not generate any income. Therefore, we unfortunately cannot provide free food for volunteers. We ask for a food contribution equal to $6.00 USD per day. This food contribution is only used for food and helps to support your stay with us.
Volunteers will not smoke cigarettes, use drugs, or drink alcohol, inside or outside of Sadhana Forest, during their entire stay! This includes Anse-à-Pitres, Pedernales, and any other place you will visit. This guideline helps us always to remain fully aware of our behavior and maintains our personal health, safety and security. Only come to Sadhana Forest if you are 100% sure that you are able and willing to completely respect this!
Community Meals and Way of Life
We practice an eco-friendly way of life including whole food veganism, alternative construction, solar energy, biodegradable cleaning products, and compost toilets; and we aim to be a zero waste zone.
Toward that end, Sadhana Forest is a completely vegan environment. We ask volunteers not to bring in or eat any non-vegan food in the forest. Our primary motivation to be vegans is to reduce animal suffering and practice non-violence toward all living beings. A vegan is a person who avoids the use of any animal products for nourishment or for any other purpose. Vegans do not eat meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, honey.
Our main project is the reforestation of 70 acres of severely eroded land. We are working to re-create the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest indigenous to our area. This forest type is found only in Southern India and Sri Lanka and provides a rare biological richness due to its very high species abundance (over 1000 species of trees, shrubbery and liana). The Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest is now close to total extinction as only 0.01% survives. This is a last moment effort to keep this very rich and beautiful forest on earth. As part of our reforestation effort we are also working on water conservation and soil management.
Our projects include the work with local children, hosting many groups of people interested in conservation, the UniverCity of Compassion and an animal sanctuary where we care for rescued animals.
We practice an eco-friendly way of life including veganism, alternative construction, solar energy, biodegradable toiletries, and compost toilets.
Volunteers mainly plant, mulch, and water trees during the season, work on water conservation in the forest and around the community, cook, clean, maintain the community area, and spend time with local and community kids.
We'll work with your schedule.
Sadhana Forest HaitiKai Mer , LasalineAnse-a-Pitre, Sud-Est00000Haiti