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Mar 3, 2020

How Trees Help Gardens

Trees help food producing gardens in three ways:

1) Trees provide shade to plants in a hot, sunny tropical environment. Some plants like coffee beans need shade to survive.

2) Trees prevent flooding and washing away of gardens during heavy storms or hurricanes.

3) Fruit trees provide food for families and revnue when sold at the market.

Every community-led project funded by Lambi must grow trees for these reasons. The tree nurseries produce both forest and fruit trees. The production of fruit trees is both a revenue producing and food provision activity. This year the major focus has been in fruits, especially citrus, orange, lemon and grapefruit followed by mango, avocado, papaya. But the farmers also raise chestnut, calabash, pine, white pine, cedar, and mahogany trees. For the last few years, citrus has suffered with insect diseases that have destroyed many trees. There is an impetus among our partners to renew the citrus species especially lemon, sour lemon, limes and grapefruit that are part of the daily staple used in cooking and feeding in the country.

Feb 18, 2020

Women Raise Goats

Goat Breeding Project

Translated from Haitian Kreyol

 This project was started with a herd of 90 females and 9 male goats, the females being the local breed bought in the area on different markets while the male breeds are an improved breed (Boer breed) that were bought from a specialized animal breeding center in the country. All of these goats were distributed to 9 sub-groups in 9 different locations. Each sub-group received 1 male goat and 10 females.

Since the launch of the Project, the Lambi Fund has given the Organization all its support to help set up the project management team. In this regard a project management committee (7 members) and 9 other small committees with 3 members each were set up to manage goats in each sector. At the same time the Organization also benefited from engaging 2 Veterinary Agents and a catalog for the pharmacy manager.

The Organization enclosed a field in each locality to look after animals and also set up a grassy area for goats to feed safely. Immediately following the purchase of the animals, the Lambi Fund helped the Organization purchase a set of medicines worth $75,120.00 gds ($ 1192 USD) to set up a Veterinary Pharmacy at the headquarters of the Organization, which included necessary medicines to assist the goats if they became ill.

While the Organization was implementing all of these activities, the Lambi Fund assisted the Organization in obtaining a Veterinarian to conduct 2 training sessions for 30 members of the Organization on breeding techniques and how to fight the diseases of goats. more. It was mainly the project management committee members and the beneficiary group members who participated in these trainings. Two veterinary technicians from the Organization were also hired to attend the project and have participated in these training sessions.

Feb 18, 2020

Re-Planting Lost Trees

KPM and  APTK had a joint project funded by the Lambi Fund that sustained extensive damage with the passage of Hurricane Matthieu in the Southern Department a cuple of years ago. As part of these projects the Organizations had to produce 120000 seedlings each and distribute them to members to plant in their fields and make small community forests in several localities. Like many other projects in the Department, these projects were not finalized due to the hurricane that destroyed several nurseries and carried away many Organization staff. As a result, Lambi launched a rehabilitation program in the southern area to help all of the partners who were affected by the Hurricane. 

The objective of this special support was to enable the Organizations to produce 120000 seedlings to replace those lost. It would also help them continue their reforestation program for 9 locations in 2 areas. 

 As part of a planned launch day for each of these Organizations in this rehabilitation phase, the Lambi Fund has been thinking with the Organizations on the following points:

- Redevelopment of existing committees (management committees and local commissions)

- Have an inventory of material needed to conduct the activities;

- Select localities where tree nurseries are set up and select nurses who will take care of nurseries in each locality;

- Identify seedlings the Organization will produce in nurseries;

- Think about water problems and look at the state of the cisterns that should receive water especially in the selected areas.

Following discussions at the KPM assembly, members chose to make approximately 20,000 seedlings at 6 sites.  The Lambi Fund has agreed with the Organization to put more seeds than expected because there are always seeds that do not germinate after sowing. In this sense the decision was made to buy 130000 bags per Organization rather than 60000 which was predicted. Organizations would produce these seedlings in 2 seasons (60000 / season), each season lasting 6 months.

Material Purchases: The Lambi Fund began making the necessary payments so that the Organization began purchasing the tools and materials needed to start the project. The organizations mobilized members of the procurement committee to carry out this task. They bought wheelbarrows, rakes, sprinkler pumps, decoctors, sprinklers and 65000 bags.

 Construction:  Lambi Fund helped the Organization with money to buy the materials they would need to build their nurseries. The organizations were also involved, especially in the excavations and in setting up the framework. The project management committees and the small commissions of each locality performed the mobilization work they had to do in order to get their members involved in their work. Organizations have been conducting multi-day commutes in each of these locations to build upthe nurseriea andit is complete. The accomplishment of this activity was coordinated by the Organization Coordination Committee.

Bag Filling: This activity requires a lot of member involvement because they have to mix soil and manure before they start filling their bags. This activity lasted about a month. Despite the mobilization of the members, many of them were already preparing their land for planting because rainy seasons were coming. APTK went even faster than KPM because for that period it had completed all 65000 bags while KPM had completed the  58963 bags out of the 73800 it had planned to complete.

Seed Buying and Seeding: KPM already had all the money to carry out this activity, so only APTK needed to buy seed. This activity was not achieved at a rapid pace because the Organizations did not reach all the seed needed in the period. Finally, the Organizations purchased seed (fruit and forest trees) that could be  distributed to each locality to begin.

Nursery Care: The organizations completed 6 nurseries: KPM 4, APTK 2, and hired attendants to care for seedlings in nurseries. The main tasks of nursery attendants are to: Look for seedlings to lift, remove grass from the bags, identify emerging diseases, treat them and water the seedlings. Organizations are always asking members to participate in the work they are doing to learn all the techniques, but also to save many dead seedlings in nurseries because of severe drought that has fallen on nursery areas.  There was a great deal of difficulty getting water to water the plants in the nurseries.

In spite of all the provisions of the organization, not all seeds were germinated and the sun also burned many seedlings that had already risen due to the drought. In this condition KPM lost 43310 seedlings out of 74856, or 57.99% of the seedlings that started to rise. APTK lost 21545 seedlings or a 34.75% loss.

Following this poor performance on the 6th month of the project, Lambi and the organizations made arrangements to correct the situation. In this sense, Lambi gave the Organizations another $7,000 gds each to buy more seeds for the bags.

The Organization produced an additonal 46088 seedlings, 24543 seedlings for KPM and 21545 seedlings for APTK. Thus, the Organizations had available to them 135412 seedlings (71512 for KPM, 63900 for APTK) to be distributed to members for planting in the fields. The first part of the production was distributed in the summer and the second part was distributed in the fall. More details to come in next report.

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