The Coronavirus pandemic continues to scar people across Haiti physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. We remain grateful that the death toll in Haiti has not hit the astronomical numbers that we've seen around the world, but financially it has impacted in ways that we could not have anticipated. Farmers left with harvests that could not be sold due to quarantine orders, land that could not be planted on due to lack of financing or access to supplies, families that could not be fed due to lack of financial means. The ripple effect of this pandemic continues to stun many.
This third phase of our COVID-19 response allowed us to distribute an addtional 2,500 masks to organization members throughout the Artibonite, South and Northwest regions as well as materials which enabled them jumpsrat their delayed planting seasons. Additional hand soap, disinfectant and buckets were also distributed to assist our partners in keeping their families and communities safe.
We were able to embark on the support phase which assists farmers in acquiring the materials necessary to begin planting production. This started with 14 organizations (7 in the South, 7 in the Artibonite). Within those organizations, 350 farmers were be able to participate and receive this support. Planting activities have already started with cultures that will not take long (3-4 months tops) to harvest.
We anticipate a plentiful harvest for these farmers as we continue to reach more. It is impossible without your ongoing support!
The women and community members in the village of Gros Mornes welcomed 180 baby goats into this world as of this past summer.These kids came from the first set mothers that were initially distributed at the project's inception. 110 of those babies have already been weaned and placed in their new homes. By the end of fall, 46 others will follow suit.
Your support has made this project so successful that there will actually be a second round of distribution once every member has received a goat. This allows for our partners to gain more economic stability as their goats reproduce; they can sell them and bring in other forms of income.
That's not all! The members continue to give their support and energy towards the project as they assist with the upkeep of the pens. They also bring food to feed the mothers regularly especially when the lack of rain causes scarcity. They have gone as far as purchasing pastures for blocks of time to ensure that the goats do not die of hunger.
Oct 13, 2020
Reforestation through our New Normal
By Katiana Anglade - Project Leader
This year’s challenges have been multiplied with the COVID pandemic. We are beyond proud of our partners in rural Haiti for sticking to their project goals and pushing the much needed reforestation efforts forward. This past month marked the launch of the next cycle in our tree planting movement.
8 organizations (4 in the North and 4 in the South) have partnered with Lambi to plant 1,000,000 trees over the next two years! Reforestation remains our top priority because trees are vital to the survival of many projects that feed many Haitians.
We hope you are just as committed as we are to this project. We are keeping postitive through our new normal. Sending strength and good health to you all.
Together we can continue our mission to plant and reforest Haiti.