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Laying a strong foundation
Laying a strong foundation

 The "Conseil National de Securite Alimentaire" (Council on Food Security) projected an increase in food shortage for the coming months.The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture  are conferring on the changing weather patterns, (longer draught, shorter rainy season).  The evidence of climatic events and climatic change are on the horizon in Haiti.  Any plans that are concerned with longterm rebuilding must address these profound lifestyle changes that come with climate events.  For rural Haitian farmers in remote areas the problem is more than a threat, it is already a stark reality that cannot be avoided.

Currently, the Lambi Fund partnered with Northwest Haiti, namely IPTKSK (Organization of Peasant from Savann Karre) to respond to the drought impacting 7,500 families in the Northwest of Haiti.  In a joint effort, we planned to built 30 cisterns to provide 18,000 gallons of water each to support the growing need for water in the neighborhoods of Dityet, Lakoma and Mawotye. With the support of our GlobalGiving supporters, individuals and other foundations, we have constructed 20 of the 30 cisterns. 10 in Dydyet and 10 in Lakoma are completed.  

With 10 more to go, we are meeting a challenge incorporated midstream in the rebuilding of Haiti's already complex environmental profile.  It is a work in progress that compels rigueur and flexibility to work in partnership with the most vulnerable to make a change and improve preparedness of those whose lives are at greater risk with the changes we are experiencing.

We thank you for your involvement and continued support in focussing some of our activities on matters of rebuilding Haiti - a longterm effort that requires thoughtfullness, community participation and engagement from all concerned.  

Share your thinking by emailing us at info@lambifund.org or meeting on our blog page.  I look forward to hearing from you!

  

Time to rehydrate!
Time to rehydrate!
No more trips to those mountains in the back!
No more trips to those mountains in the back!

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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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Healthy seedlings!
Healthy seedlings!

I walked the streets of Port-Au-Prince and there were many signs indicating a movement towards rebuilding Haiti physically;  especially the additon of 700 kilometers of roads, some paved,  some unpaved, spilling a rising cloud of dust for miles and muds when the rain falls. Unfofrtunately, these new constructions do not bring in local jobs since contractors are coming with their own crews from other countries.  

At the Lambi Fund of Haiti,  it is not business as usual since the earthquake and we continue this year with a portfolio of 24 activities in sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry, community credit for farmers and womens' enterprises, mills and oxplows.  We are looking forward to closing this year, our 20th year from 1994 to 2014, having worked with 250 organizations in rural Haiti.  These were memorable years.  From the local wisdom we learned that shaped our approach and methods, to the increase in food production, animal breeding and the training across communities of women and men, we witnessed rural communities taking charge, making a difference even in the absence of infrastrure planning and support from government.  

While increasing the capacities of organizations with skills training and management training, we are ensuring long term stability in communities with the least resoources to sustain the aftermath of these major crisis.  In this renewal, Lambi Fund is looking towards increasing its own response capacity. In the coming year,the Lambi Fund of Haiti will,  for the first time, establish a permanent space for its offices which will include a site for training and meetings in an effort to reduce costs in the future.  

I hope you will be one of the first to jump onboard to help us create the space.  In the meantime, know that we planted 422,000 new trees, added 1021 goats to the herd and launched the construction of 20 new cisterns in drought ridden Jean Rabel, in the locality of Dityet, Mawotye and Lakoma.  We avail $2,000,000 gourdes in credit for planters and women at 2% interest revenue that goes to their organization to increase their loan fund.  These activities are very active e elements of rebuilding life in the communities affected, increasing food production assuring involvement to support the local market through local enterprises.

All that because you have been there also for the long haul.  I cannot thank you enough and wish you the best for this Holiday Season!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 

Invisible road...
Invisible road...
Wet journey...
Wet journey...

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The daily routine for young girls in rural Haiti
The daily routine for young girls in rural Haiti

When 438 farmers,  representing 71 rural peasant organizations, showed up to join the Lambi Fund of Haiti to reflect on the 20 years of partnership, it was a time for celebration. More importantly, it was a time to affirm that change is a long term process and that there is no room to step back.  As the issues emerge, it is clear that our partnership with locally knowledgeable farmers assure that strategic solutions are implemented that make a difference.

2014 is only four years after the devastation of the 2010 earthquake, but having been in Haiti for 20 years, we have learned that from the bottom up, Haitian peasants are making a difference in their local communities, building a stronger economy with the investments we have made together in partnership, investments that allow Haitians to begin to meet their extraordinary potential.

At the same time, the Lambi Fund continues to  work on projects of economic development and sustainable agriculture and environment, contributing to long term rebuilding.  For the northeast, plagued with an 8-month drought that is impacting every life in the three communities in which we are working -  Didyet, Lakoma and Mawotye - each community is getting 10 new cisterns to provide water to 7,500 families. 

This is in addition to the fourteen cisterns built in 2012 each of which provide water for up to 90 families.  It is all adding to the long term rebuilding of Haiti.

Cistern
Cistern
Extremely dry soil due to lack of water
Extremely dry soil due to lack of water

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Some of the members of COFECA
Some of the members of COFECA

Mesina stood proud and said "I am growing my business, keeping my children in school and my family alive.  I do not have to pay an arm and a leg for it and I am helping other women do the same,"

This is the story of one of 500 women who started a mutual fund putting together their one dollar (45 HTG) contribution at their monthly meeting. COFECA met the Lambi Fund a year ago and presented their proposal to develop their community credit inside the organization who is involved in transforming peanut into peanut butter; supporting women who make jelly to sell on the local market and seamstresses making clothing for local children and adults.  This organization has been struggling to expand their membership's enterprises.  

Lambi fund has funded the community credit fund to create a revolving fund.  Today 125 women of the 500 have already expanded their business with 5,000 HTG loan payable at 2% to the organization.  The interest is over 10% below  the market rate, and  will be used to expand loans to other members.  

The credit helps generate new revenue to assist women and expand food production in the Kavayon region.  Lambi Fund is currently supporting  9 organizations, like COFECA, with micro credit funds for over a thousand members to have access to small loans at 2% interest to generate or reinforce their small enterprise.  According to Foreign Policy.com, Haiti registers 75% of unemployment and widespread underemployment (2013). Building one's own enterprise is their income and revenue producing activity that keeps the family fed, the children in school.  It is the way out of poverty.  Creating work that generate an income for families is one of the many facets of rebuilding Haiti in the longterm.  

Leading a COFECA meeting
Leading a COFECA meeting

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Organization

Lambi Fund of Haiti

Washington, DC, United States
http://www.lambifund.org

Project Leader

Marie Marthe Saint Cyr

Executive Director
Washington, DC Haiti

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