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.
Oct 13, 2010

Expanded Production Produces Bountiful Crops

Farmers in NW Haiti
Farmers in NW Haiti

Lambi Fund staff and board members recently returned from a field visit with partner organizations in Northwest Haiti to assess how communities are doing post-quake.  This was a wonderful opportunity to talk with local organizations about the earthquake’s impact on their communities and how local organizations responded.

By all accounts, Lambi Fund’s emergency assistance program focusing on food production and food security was a total success.  In early Spring at the start of the planting season, Lambi Fund provided local farmers organizations with grants to expand crop production.  Since over half a million earthquake survivors fled Port-au-Prince for the rural provinces, expanded food production in these communities was essential.  The grants allowed farmers to purchase more seeds and new tools. 

Farmers from Gwo Mon to Gwo Sab shared with Lambi Fund their success stories of fast growing cultivation within two months and how partner communities generated bountiful harvests of peas, vegetables, and corn for consumption and sale at local markets.  Increasing food security is an important part of ensuring rapid recovery in Haiti.  Continue to support farming communities like Gwo Mon in rural Haiti and allow farmers to continue to provide local and affordable food for Haiti.   Mesi for all of your support- Lambi Fund couldn’t do this without you!

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Oct 12, 2010

Talking With Local Organizations in NW Haiti

Members of the Center for Plantain Propagation
Members of the Center for Plantain Propagation

Lambi Fund staff and board members recently returned from a field visit with partner organizations in Northwest Haiti to assess how communities are doing post-quake.  This was a wonderful opportunity to talk with locals about the earthquake’s impact on their communities and how local organizations banded together to respond accordingly.

Lambi Fund talked with Mr. Josephat, a member of the Center for Plantain Propagation who recalled tearfully, “I had 21 people, relatives and strangers staying with me and my family.  We did not think twice about welcoming them but we had not yet figured out how they would be cared for or how they would be fed. When we heard about the Lambi Fund’s program to help impacted families, I was so happy that I cried.  I cried because I was touched and shocked that people who had been at the center of this disaster, had time to think about us. I was so proud to be the member of a strong organization, and I really deeply understood why being organized is the path to a better life.  We would have been left to our devices without the Lambi Fund’s support.”

Mr. Josephat and members of all the communities visited reiterated that the emergency response grants that Lambi Fund provided to grassroots organizations allowed its members to provide urgently needed food, water and medical supplies for earthquake survivors seeking solace in their homes. 

The farmers assistance program that provided farmers the capital needed to purchase more seeds and tools for their crops was a great success as well.  Rural communities that were faced with expanded populations seized the opportunity to plant more crops and produce more food.  Bountiful harvests of peas, vegetables and corn have been reported- which locals have been using for consumption and sale in local markets.

Please continue to support Lambi Fund’s efforts to expand small business enterprises in rural Haiti and provide even more communities the opportunity to see bountiful harvests and recover post-quake.

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Oct 12, 2010

Working with Communities in Northwest Haiti

Smiling children
Smiling children

Since January’s earthquake, improving rural Sanitation and Hygiene in Haiti has been a priority of Lambi Fund’s.  Our field monitors have been working with community organizations in the Northwest to develop a sustainable sanitation plan that will provide these populations with access to latrines.  Through conversations with these local groups, it has been decided that the latrines will be built in community centers like local grain mills.  This will provide community members with equal access and group members will be able to oversee the management and maintenance of the latrines. 

Continued support for this project is greatly needed though, as the need for latrines far exceeds Lambi Fund’s financial resources.    The purchase of one latrine provides approximately 25 individuals with access to proper sanitation- exponentially improving their overall health, keeping the local environment clean and ensuring local water sources are not contaminated.  Together we can provide a clean and healthy environment for all communities in rural Haiti.

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