DHC May General Meeting

The Daughters' spring general meeting will take place on Monday, May 21 in Satterlee Hall. Our guest speaker will be Gillaine Warne who will talk about her incredible work in Haiti to combat the disastrous effects of malnutrition in children under 5 years old. Learn more about her and her organization, Partners in Agriculture, in this excerpt from an article written by Angela Davis. 

Schedule of Events:

Schedule of Events

  • 11 am: Social
  • 11:30 am: Speaker
  • 12 pm: Lunch ($10 donation)

Childcare: Childcare is available by making reservations by emailing childcare@trinitysc.org.

Registration:  Please help us plan for lunch by registering online below or by calling 771.7300. 

 

Works in Haiti brings Warne's loves together

Angela Davis

Gillaine Warne has seen Haitian children so malnourished that they’re unable to stand. The nonprofit she founded, Partners in Agriculture (PIA) developed a peanut-based treatment that has those same children running and playing in a matter of weeks.

That miracle food medication, Nourimanba, is just one of the many successes Greenville-based PIA has attained in its 16 years in Haiti.

PIA’s mission is to eliminate malnutrition in the Plateau Central. It works to "empower Haitians to build a better future through education and sustainable economic and agricultural development."

Warne is a native of Australia who was sent to school in France. She returned to Australia and “lived on the land” with her husband, Charles.

“We grew up with agriculture, animals and all of these kind of things,” said Warne, who now lives in the Augusta Road area (of Greenville, SC). “Then we moved and farmed around the world. We went from Sydney to New York to Greenville to Haiti."

Haiti, she said, brought together her love of land, cultivation, languages, people and the ability to help others all together.

“Little did I know that it would be in Haiti that all of this would come together,” she said. “It certainly has brought something into my life that’s been a really rich and rewarding time.”
Among the rewards, she said, is the difference being made in the lives of Haitian individuals and families.

“We have a whole score of where the families started, where their lives changed, what they're able to do,” she said. “The evaluation is an important part of the program.” Nearly 40,000 children have been treated with Nourimanba, Warne said. A difference in the children can been seen in nine weeks, she said. But instead of focusing solely on a cure, the organization has been working to prevent malnutrition.

“We have to look at why are these kids so malnourished, why they're dying, and what is happening there,” Warne said. That’s being done through the Family Assistance Program. The program helps families, in part, by providing them with tools, trees, seeds, education and a goat, which represents a living bank, a release from the PIA said. The families return seeds and a goat in “an ongoing giving cycles among families.” More than 1,500 families have been helped so far.

The vocational school offers three disciplines - agriculture, woodworking and construction.
“We were always going to be agriculture. But after the earthquake, there was a real need and the necessity for teaching and training young people who are going to rebuild Haiti the correct way,” Warne said.

The school introduces students to international building codes and seismic programs so that they come out of the school ready to go to work, knowing how to rebuild Haiti, she said.
The rebuilding of Haiti overall has been slow since the earthquake of 2010, she said.
But Warne said the people themselves are “very, very resilient."

“To see them come back up after so many disasters and still keep going is an amazing thing to see,” she said.

For more information about Partners in Agriculture, visit www.partnersinag.org .
 

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