Jun 29, 2021

Growth From The Inside Out!

Unrest continues to grow in the streets of Port-au-Prince halting life and the everyday activities of people already struggling to survive.  While the number of kidnappings has decreased, the terror people face has morphed into a new form. The rising insecurity from gang violence has caused so many to be displaced abandoning their own homes because of the constant bullet showers.  These families have had no other choice but to seek safety in public arenas while armed gangsters take refuge in their once peaceful communities. What can the people do when they can no longer count on the Police to uphold law and order? Nothing but shelter in place.  The capital is under seige and everyday we walk past corpses on the streets.  No institutions are currently functioning in the country, including the Police and Judicial system; none can do anything to counter this darkness.  

Along with these threats of physical and political insecurity, no one can forget the growing threat of food insecurity in Haiti.  The people are living in hunger and misery along with an excessive cost of living, which results in the decline of their already thin buying power.  There aren't enough means to purchase even the essential items that are needed to basically survive. What makes all of this worse, is that it is happening while COVID-19 has begun to make its presence greater again across the country.   Hospitals in heavily populated areas are already beyond capacity and do not have the space or infrastructure to accept any other patients suffering from the pandemic's symptoms.  The lack of response from government agencies has left the population to fend for itself - again. 
 
Despite all of this uncertainty and unrest, Asosyasyon Fanm Vanyan Fyèvil (AFVF) continued to show such amazing progress since implementing the changes we discussed in our last report to you.  Several small committees were established  throughout the communities AFVF serves to pay closer attention to the goats' health needs in an effort to produce better results.  The essential medications that were needed are now readily accessible since the organization has made arrangements with the smaller groups to store larger quanitities.  They have established a more streamlined system of distribution to the members as well. 
The goats are doing so well that the members are able to sell the older ones that have been replaced with younger goats.  There were 26 kids that were born during the first quarter in 2021 from the 216 goats the organization had distributed bringing them to 242 goats altogether.  Unfortunately, they ended up losing 38 goats that fell sick, leaving them with 204.  As of today, all 120 members of AFVF have received a goat with 65 of them receiving twice.  It is amazing to be able to share with you that 61 of the goats have already birthed 98 kids! 
What can we say?  The more, the merrier!  

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Jun 25, 2021

Determination & Commitment Remain Essential!

Tending to the seedlings
Tending to the seedlings
Unrest continues to grow in the streets of Port-au-Prince halting life and the everyday activities of people already struggling to survive.  While the number of kidnappings has decreased, the terror people face has morphed into a new form. The rising insecurity from gang violence has caused so many to be displaced abandoning their own homes because of the constant bullet showers.  These families have had no other choice but to seek safety in public arenas while armed gangsters take refuge in their once peaceful communities. What can the people do when they can no longer count on the Police to uphold law and order? Nothing but shelter in place.  The capital is under seige and everyday we walk past corpses on the streets.  No institutions are currently functioning in the country, including the Police and Judicial system; none can do anything to counter this darkness.  

Along with these threats of physical and political insecurity, no one can forget the growing threat of food insecurity in Haiti.  The people are living in hunger and misery along with an excessive cost of living, which results in the decline of their already thin buying power.  There aren't enough means to purchase even the essential items that are needed to basically survive. What makes all of this worse, is that it is happening while COVID-19 has begun to make its presence greater again across the country.   Hospitals in heavily populated areas are already beyond capacity and do not have the space or infrastructure to accept any other patients suffering from the pandemic's symptoms.  The lack of response from government agencies has left the population to fend for itself - again.  

All of the insecurity has caused Lambi significant delays in the evaluation phase of projects, both old and new. The pressure grows even more now while the country lives in constant fear.  Although life is not moving the way it should be, the demands are still flowing in for partnerships with grassroots organizations. Although it has been difficult to get to project sites, Lambi was able to launch 4 new Environmental projects during the first quarter of 2021.  Our Regional monitors have worked tirelessly to make contact with several organizations that were under investigation to work with the Lambi Fund.  The evaluations were delayed due to the lack of safety, but were completed nonetheless.  

The alternative credit project that we partnered with OPK (Oganizasyon Peyizan Kalabat) on, providing them with a 750,000 Haitian gourdes (htg) fund has been quite fruitful. The amount of members that have benefited from this fund continues to grow with 202 benefitting from the merchant credit and 43 benefitting from the planters credit. The organization has already brought in a profit of 308,700 htg and reimbursed Lambi Fund 268,250 htg leaving them with 40,450 htg. Altogether they have 790,450 htg available to continue to circulate throughout their members. 
The wheel of success keeps turning because of your support! Don't forget to share so that it can multiply! 
Transporting some of her merchandise
Transporting some of her merchandise

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Jun 3, 2021

New Life After The Pandemic...

Planting trees helps recover the depleted Haitian terrain for current and future generations. Haiti is still considered the most deforested country in the western hemisphere. Planting trees not only improves the land and soil to assist farmers with planting, but it also prevents natural disaster like land/mudslides from occurring.
Throughout 2019 and 2020, the Lambi Fund of Haiti continued to extend its environmental management framework to community organizations. The goal is to raise awareness on environmental degradation also to take concrete action to protect the environment. Those actions have mainly focused on 1) tree seedling production to assist in reforestation and 2) training programs which are focused on the environment: tree nursery techniques, climate change, agro-forestry. Fourteen organizations received support from Lambi Fund, including ten that already started projects that were underway and four that launched new projects going into 2020.
More than 1,500 members of the grassroots organizations we partner with participated in all of the activities carried out with these projects in the Artibonite and South regions. Some of the shade trees planted were cedar, cassia, chestnut, acacia, pine and mahogany trees. Some of the fruit trees were papaya, orange, grapefruit, lemon, mango, and avocado. The organizations distributed these seedlings to their members as well as public gathering places around their respective communities such as schools and churches. These seedlings were used to replenish space that is needed for either agroforestry or small community forests of approximately 5-10 hectares.
To accomplish all the tasks set forth throughout the year, Lambi’s staff supports the organizations in the planning and implementation of all project activities. A team of nursery technicians also provide them with the necessary guidance in seedling production in nurseries, distribution, planting and in monitoring the trees.
One of our partners that had the largest production goal was KOKAP. This organization had a production goal of 120,000 of coffee and cacao seedlings. The cacao production was completed back in 2019 and they continued to produce 60,000 coffee trees in 2020 despite several uncontrollable delays. Lambi has extended the evaluation period to make up for that lost time and give them a chance to complete distribution to the members as well as the planting of those trees. As of December 2020, KOKAP has distributed 50,149 coffee trees to 150 members. They are distributing the last 9,851 of the 60,000 coffee trees that are left in the nursery.
Hard work is no stranger to our partners and their resilience shows up during the most strenuous times. As we continue to work closely with our partners in rural Haiti, their strength and dedication to creating better lives for themselves and the people in their communities speaks volumes.  

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