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.
Feb 27, 2017

Moving ahead with food, gardens what is next?

Dear Friends:

Three months ago, I related the horrors of post Hurricane Mathew in the South and northwest of Haiti.  An already fragile land and its people are hit by the most terrifying storm leaving a trail of destruction that they had not experrienced in 35 years.

  It is only three months, so we have not fully recovered and did not expect to be.  In face of this major challenge the rural farmer was avid to start planting as you can see.  Let me share with you that there are 1599 farmers who have began all over again.  their gardens are looking well as in the pictures included.  In the Peasant Oganization Of Bois (OPBK), where men, women, children work togerther in their family plots, assisting one another in a Kombit, they are now looking at rows and hectares of green beans. .There will be harvesting by the end of March and April.  They will take local produce to the market. Thanks to all your help.

We have more to rehabilitate.  Among our 27 partners, there are four organizations focused on reforrestation that lost their nurseries of growing varieties that were projected to be planted this spring.  SADN's 120,000 seedlings washed away; KPM's 120,000 as well as  APTK's 60,000 and 20,000 from KAPKAP for a total of 320,000 trees. Our goalis to rehabilitate these nurseries and replant those trees in the neighborhoods now depleted of their previous green cover. Nurseries are being revamped so their communities can recover from their losses. 

It is with your continued support we will have planted 320,000 trees before the rainy season and protect them to the best of our abilities.  I ask you to continue on the journey to bring a green coverage to the South of Haiti.  Together we will fight to improve the environment, doing an agro-forrestry approach will also help regain a protective cover and a recovery of the genre of trees the community has known.  Thank you we are indeed grateful that you have stood with us in solidarity making a difference accross the globe reaching to the people of Haiti.  .

Garden OPBK in Kavayon, a devastated by Mathew
Garden OPBK in Kavayon, a devastated by Mathew
Feb 21, 2017

Getting out from under Hurricane Mathew

Then the eartquake
Then the eartquake

Contributing to long term rebuilding in Haiti has taken many forms since the earthquake of January 12, 2010.  We have experienced various changes over the last six years until Hurricane Mathew hit the South of Haiti on October 4th 2016. In 35 years we have not seen wreck as this from a storm.  Suddenly we are in the mist of debris, bare trees roofless homes; the threath of food insecurity looms ahead with cholera; conditions that present a menace to the most vulnerable and augment the level of poverty to new heights.  

The temptation is to provide relief and much needed relief.  But the reality is relief without long term rehabilitation is simply a relay to worsening the conditions of an already  deprived population.  WIth 1.5 milllions without shelter and more than 1.5 billion in damaged residences, gardens and commercial structures, it is evident that the involvement has to be a long term committment. We have yet to assess as a nation the environmental damage of the coastal reefs and the plight odf the coastal residents in the years ahead.

The Lambi Fund has responded with a cash donation phase for the members of organization partners with dire emergencies within the first two weeks and assisted over 9000 persons.  Our second phase was to help 1599 farmers plant 3000 kawo of land and bridge to the planting season in December working together. Today we are looking at flourishing beans, eggplant, okra and legumes that will alleviate the paucity of food in the local market in the next few weeks.

Our long term project currently is to rehabilitate 27 projects to restore 3 mills for the transformation of cereal; replace oxens in ox-plowing service that mechanize tilling land and increase food production; rekindle the animal breeding where our partners lost 6900 goats and sheeps ;and support the credit fund for women who need to rebuild their inventory and promote their retail sales to creat revenue to care for their families. 

You have been an integral part of the partnership to move forward reaching goals for mulated in unison with rural farmers of Haiti.  It is for this long term phase that we hope you will continue the journey  with us.  We thank you for your continued support and your help.

 

rebuilding giving water
rebuilding giving water
New food production at OPBK after Hurricane Mathew
New food production at OPBK after Hurricane Mathew

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Feb 21, 2017

Project completed

Thanks for all the donations and the visibility that all of you created through sharing "Give Water, Give Life" Campaign. Together we have succeeded in giving water to 7500 families in an area where drought is known to last for months at the time and last two years in 2014 and 2015.

We started with a goal of 20 but we have gone overboard for our life bearing cause and constructed 10 more for a total of 30 cisterns. This is what we can accomplish as we reach to one another and join hands across waters around the globe. That is truly being fruitful and multiplying. 

We could not have done it without your support. Cisterns are gifts that keep on giving and on a daily basis you have given water to the people of Didyet, Mawotye and Lakoma.

Mesi anpil!  Thank you so very much and Blessings be upon you and yours. 

 
   

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