SPAGnVOLA CHOCOLATIER, in partnership with Dr. Chef Ed Whitfield, has setup this fundraising page which is designed to generate relief funds for Dominican Cacao Farmers in their efforts to recover from Hurricane Fiona. To make this happen, THE LEARNING COMMUNITY INTERNATIONAL (TLCI), a nonprofit K-12 educational organization, is collaborating with SPAGnVOLA, an award-winning chocolatier, and partnering with FUNDACION PRINGAMOSA, a Dominican Republic nonprofit community assistance organization.On September 18, 2022, Hurricane Fiona tore into the Eastern Region of the Dominican Republic, destroying most if not all of the crops in its path, including cacao trees. This resulted in loss of revenue and employment for cacao farmers, and it created food security concerns for thousands. Exhausted cacao farmers are being threatened with poverty from their losses and they need your support.
Hurricane Fiona: Reuters News
The team of organizations noted above will use the proceeds generated from this fundraiser to provide replacement cacao trees FREE of charge to Dominican Cacao Farmers from the Eastern Region affected by Hurricane Fiona. In addition to delivering cacao trees, farmers will be given seedlings for shade crops, such as plantain and banana trees, which are required as part of the growth process. As needed, we will also provide cultivation and technical assistance throughout the project's lifecycle.
Fallen Cacao Tree: Hato Mayor Del Rey, Dominican Republic
Cacao Farmer Testimony: Sofi Zorrilla
Farmers lost over 80% of their crops and most of their cacao trees. Providing replacement cacao trees will require 3-4 years of growth and maturity before harvesting a single cacao pod. Your donation will help farmers ensure the livelihood of their families and their communities.
Your donation will be used towards the distribution of approximately three million cacao trees across 12,000 Dominican Cacao Farmers from the Eastern Region affected by Hurricane Fiona.
Cacao Farmer Testimony: Agustine Nabarro
Hundreds of farms and over 12,000 cacao farmers were impacted due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona: farmers, family members and workers have all suffered severe setbacks.
Cacao Farmer Testimony : Josefina Sosa
Given the magnitude of damage from Hurricane Fiona, we want to reach out to as many people as possible. Please join us in improving the lives of all these individuals.
We believe no one person can accomplish this alone, but if we all work together and donate what we can, we can significantly impact these families' lives!
Aerial Images Of Hurricane Fiona's Wrath: The Weather Channel
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.