Lambi Fund of Haiti

The Lambi Fund's mission is to assist the popular democratic movement in Haiti. The Lambi Fund provides financial resources, training and technical assistance to peasant-led community organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people.
Mar 24, 2015

10 completed, 10 in progress, 10 remaining!

cistern in construction
cistern in construction

Time passes quickly.  It seems that it was just a few days ago I was asking you to support the cistern to give life to those families facing drought in Jean rabel!  

 We are progressing to meet our goal as we are framing the contracts for the construction of the next set of ten.  

I met Sonia no further than 20 feet from one of the 4500 gallon cisterns.  She is much older than the women present in the open air meeting with our delegation of visitors.  She decided to tell us her story.  She started with a long statement on her gratefulness, and I was waiting to hear her since she is of the age when she can no longer tend to the goats and till her own soil.  "I am old, too old to fetch water" She said  "but I live so close to the cistern that I can wait and ask any of the neighbors or any of their children to pull me a pail of water."  "They do it willingly," she continues.  "When I think of the trip up  the mountain to fetch water, how would I have survived without the cisterns?  So I am so grateful.  I have four children, you know, but the harshness of living has compelled them to go away to look for work to survive.  Now I have no one near.  Thank you for giving me water and for those who help me, thank you."  She relayed this with so much passion that we were all in tears.

Thank you so much for assisting us in availing life-giving water to Sonia and thousands of others like her. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to add 10 more cisterns that will be constructed by the end of Spring!

The Lambi Fund coordinates visiting delegations where donors, supporters and advocates spend time with beneficiaries to share their life experiences and learn from their diligence and devotion to create change in their respective communities. We hope you will join us in the field in the future.

I look forward to reporting the completion of the cisterns before the fall of 2015.

 

Thank you.

just a pause
just a pause
Strong foundations....
Strong foundations....
Everyone  helps!
Everyone helps!

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Mar 11, 2015

The Next Step

If there is uncertainty about supporting 9 million Haitians because of corrupt government and perceived misuse of the earthquake funding, it is obvious to the Lambi Fund that long term committment cannot stop because there are sour strategies and undeliverable dreams of a changing tomorrow.  I find it impossible not to continue forging ahead with the work that we have struggled to deliver in partnership of a critically vulnerable part of the population, that of the farmers in rural Haiti.

The result that we have seen in quantifiable transformation and cultivvation of food products to feed local families and fuel the local market alone is sufficient to spur a forward movement in sustainable activities that will improve their tomorrows.  that is why I am reporting today that Lambi fund is taking a few first next steps

  • A new project of the Woman from SOFALA who are stocking peanuts and transorming peanuts to peanut butter for sale in the local market.  The Lambi fund will provide equipment and training in mass production of peanut butter.  It will also produce employment for the women cooking and producing the peanut butter, managing the factory line type production.  
  • The Lambi fund is embarking on developing a permanent space to house the office, education and training spaces to advance the effort to train, improve management skills and improving capacity to serve the communities in need.
  • Lambi fund plans to expand its rights and justice based education to improve citizen responsibility and enhance advocacy for all looking people  forward to institutionalized democracy through election, participation and inclusion.

Five years post the earthquake that took over 250,000 lives, we have improved in productivity and have a vision of expanding our reach to build more responsible citizens who take charge of building their communities. So you are among the first to know:

Lambi Fund of Haiti will be expanding its reach to inform, educate and train its partners on their rights, (civil and human) and improve their capacity and readiness to face the challenge of demanding their rights and assuming their responsabilities.  

Please join us in building the future.  You will be glad you did.  Take the next steps with the Lambi Fund of Haiti and rural farmers in Haiti!

Thank you so much for supporting these efforts! 

 

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Feb 5, 2015

OBS Assuring an Increase in Local Food Production

"Three years ago Organization Bon Samaritain, OBS,  had a dream of supplying women selling cereals an improved process.  They said after twenty years, we still face  six hours of walking sometimes to mill our rice, millet and corn.  It is our women and children who sometimes spend the night away from home waiting for our rice to be milled, our corn and millet turned to edible cereals. Often we have to take our girls out of school so they can help us carry the goods". said the coordinator of the Association. Yet it is that process that gives us the ability to send the kids  to school, but the process deprive them of the school we value so much.  

"Well now there is the OBS mill with the help of the Lambi Fund.  I have never been so proud to walk in the bank to deposit money in my account.. the same bank that would not lend me a penny.  Today our mill is changing all that.  Not only I walk in with my head up high, I also have an organization that backs me up, lend me money at 2% and my business as a farmer is paying school, shelter and save for an emergency"

Just to share with you how the mills are maintening the local production of food on the rise:  In the first six month of functionning, the mill at OBS has  transformed 170,850 pounds of millet, corn and rice into eatable cereal.

During the 20 years of existence, the Lambi Fund of Haiti has partnered with rural peasant organization to establsh 120 mills to produce basic staples and increase the local production of millet, rice, cornmeal. 

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