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.
Jun 9, 2015

What People in Dityet Are Saying!

When the hands are many, the load is lighter!
When the hands are many, the load is lighter!

A few months ago, women started gathering basic materials, small rocks and sandy soil and a committee of local managers began the purchasing of cement, iron for grids, blocks and PVC piping for the construction of ten more cisterns underway.  I noted the involvement of women, since they are the initiators of the project, as a response to the extended drought in the northeast of Haiti.

This project which initiated last year is in its second phase.  The residents of Lakoma have worked with Pro Consult, the engineering group, to complete the first ten cisterns.  This phase is focused on the completion of 10 cisterns in Dityet.  At the end of the month, we will have a total of 20 completed cisterns gathering thousands of gallons of water as the rain begins to fall. 

People in Dityet are relieved and excited.  I was talking to Marguerite, one of the women from the area of Jean Rabel where Dydiet is located, and her is what she said:  "In our meetings, women are talking about saving."  I asked in what way?  She said "it saved the strength of women and girls who were carrying the water before the cisterns were built. Another thing is protection.  The water we maintain in the cisterns is treated.  As the rainy season begins, the rate of cholera is already increasing.  So, treated water protects the most vulnerable, the elderly and the young ones."  

She also added one element that did not occur readily to me.  She said that pregnant women are especially protected with the addition of the cisterns.  The vulnerability of the babies to Diahrea and other gastrointestinal issues, like worms, are greatly reduced.  

I am elated, and you should be too, for having an active part in these changes.  Having clean water and access are only two of the outcomes that are desirable but the impact over time will be a critical element for us to assess.  

I am in Haiti and I am happy to have had internet access long enough to upload this report.  Yesterday there was a conference for the students in school.  It speaks to climate change, a world phenomenon.  The drought is one aspect of growing concern in Haiti and now there is a projection of greater food insecurity as the drought continues to intensify, meaning longer dry periods.  The cisterns are one aspect of the solution.

Thank you so much for your participation in making these 20 cisterns a reality.  Ten more to go!.

A short musical interlude between the hard work
A short musical interlude between the hard work
Some of the rocks gathered by the women
Some of the rocks gathered by the women

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May 14, 2015

Expanding local Capacity to increase Food Security

AJSDC
AJSDC's Mill

"Three years ago, I walked or paid a motor taxi to go to the next two towns to mill rice without a guarantee that I would be able to complete the task within that day.  I could not count on going to market that day or return to cook some rice and feed my children.  Today, I could put the water to boil while I run to the mill to prepare some pods to feed my children after school."  

The Saint Martin Youth Association for Community Development (AJSDC)  assures services to the local farmer and expands the local market capacity to provide food for purchase in the area of Saint Martin where they have situated the mill.  Initially set to mill corn, this site is now milling, rice and millet as well and is providing a needed service that expands food production and improves quality of life for the consumer and the producer.

Since its inception in 2011, farmers have milled 1,078,335 pounds of cereal (597,170 rice; 267,655 millet and 213,510 corn).  In spite of a six month drought in 2014, they transformed and placed 157,058 lbs of the most consumed cereals in the area - rice, millet and corn.  

AJSDC is  sustainable, having created revenue to sustain itself, hired mechanic operators and managers, expands a rebate to their members and substantially improving their clientele.  Currently their consumers are made up of 70% neighborhood farmers rather than the members that made up 100% when they first started.  Service impact is beyond the membership of their organization and they continue to grow as an enterprise.  

Your investment,  the farming organization's efforts and the support that the Lambi Fund has in their partnership has improved conditions of life for their farmers and contributed to the growth of farming in the region.  For that,   we are more than grateful for your participation.

Thank you for joining us in our steadfast committment to assisting rural famers in changing their lives.

Our Haiti Director
Our Haiti Director's hands on approach!
And then there was rice!
And then there was rice!

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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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