Survival is a way of life for the poor who live on the Dominican-Haitian border. Each day people need firewood in order to cook a simple meal of rice and beans and so they daily look for firewood. Unfortunately the cumulative effect of cutting down trees for this purpose year after year leads to devastating deforestation – and more poverty. Recently a wonderful project of re-forestation was dedicated in the Bánica Mission! The “Corredor Biológico” project is sponsored by the governments of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and involves the support of the United Nations. Fr. O’Hare was invited to give the blessing for this event. He is pictured above addressing the leaders of the project. The photos below show the expansive greenhouse facility which will now produce thousands of saplings to be planted for miles and miles along the Dominican-Haitian border.