04 Jun '11, 4pm
Planting the Trees of Life
All this might render Timoté Georges’s ambition quixotic, were it not so vital. As the Haiti project coordinator of a U.S.–based nonprofit called Trees for the Future , Georges, a gentle, gangly 30-year-old with a thoughtful mien, intends to set in motion so many community reforestation projects that the whole country eventually will catch on. "Reforestation is a very slow process," he said, in deliberate, precise English that he learned in school. "The problem is huge, and we are not able to solve all of it." He thought for a moment, as if unwilling to sound downbeat, and added, "But if we have enough resources, we can do it." Since late 2008, Trees for the Future has planted 2.5 million trees in Haiti, including 750,000 around Gonaïves. These are modest numbers -- and at least a quarter of the trees will not survive -- but they probably make the small nonprofit the leade...