Our mission is to help Farmers Grow again

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”

– Desmond Tutu

Cooperatives Farmers
Photo planting vegetables in soil
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Our History

As a child, I was exposed at a very young age to my parents’ stories of their lives in concentration camps and their miraculous survival. The interweaving of unspeakable horrors one human being can perpetrate on another with stories of the extraordinary bravery of one person saving the life of a stranger while risking his own, etched in my innermost consciousness the understanding that our actions matter, and that they reflect our moral values and impact people’s lives.

This is why I chose to work in humanitarian development and disaster relief.  

After working in this field for two decades, I and a group of like-minded and visionary individuals established EcoWorks International on January 1st, 2009. They became our first board of directors.

We wanted to work holistically, combining projects that fitted into four vital categories: economy, environment (hence the “eco” in our name for economy and ecology), social protection, and disaster relief.

A holistic approach to development closer mirrored life’s reality of inherently interconnected basic needs: a roof over one’s head, food on the table, access to healthcare, education, and water, and a living wage.  

Through our work, we learned that only people who live in poverty can actually eradicate it, but they didn’t have to do it alone. We could be part of their journey.

Smallholder farmers have tremendous knowledge about how to survive in a harsh climate, in deeply entrenched poverty, without any support, and still produce food. They have a lot to teach us. This is why we listen to them and build programs around their expressed needs and aspirations.  

They are the drivers, and we the catalysts. We believe in them, we support them, and partner with them so they can grow, prosper and feed the country.  And, motivate us to always try to do better.

Henryka Manès
Founder and Executive Director

Our Program Team

USA

- Henryka Manès

Ganthier

- Louisinius Louis, CASEC
- Sagesse Desilus
- Jesulie Adancy

Marre-Roseau

- Magistrat Ralph Lapointe
- Senior Advisor and Treasurer
- Patrice Lumumba School Director

Thoman

- Franckel Jeanm-Fils
- (in formation)

Our Mission

We invest in Haiti's rural communities so they can rise above poverty and boost their capacity to feed the country.

Our Vision

A thriving Haiti free of poverty and hunger

Our Values

Stewardship: We are careful, ethical, and responsible managers of the natural, built, human, and financial resources entrusted in our care

Excellence: We pursue excellence, innovation, and adaptation required to sustain a level of distinction and competitiveness

Commitment: We are committed to empowering individuals and communities we partner with  

Success: We build assets and programs so people who live in poverty become owners of their institutions and active stakeholders in their lasting success