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.
Nov 7, 2016

Renewing Security through Local Food Production

retiurn to our nurseries and reforrestation
retiurn to our nurseries and reforrestation

 Haiti was still timidly on the way to recover from the 2010 earthquake with a fragile infrastructure and unstable administration, the economy was rigged with high inflation, low gross national product, high import and high unemployment creating a highly insecure social political arena.  After a two year drought that nearly crippled the country and highlighted food socereignty and food security issues, Haiti was hit by the most ravaging storm in 35 years.  Hurricane Matthew devasted all but two departments with damages estimated at 2 billion, flatenned the most fertile parts of the country, destroyed the coming harvest and plunged over 1.4 million to a level of fragility and vulnerability unexpected if not unknown. After the earthquake, the southern part of the country received thousands of people among our partners and we assisted thousands to get medical help and survival goods and the Lambi fund expanded food production in the South.  today 27 organizations deemed sustainable are practically devastated by the wind gust and inundation that Huricane Matthew generated.

In the meeting that Lambi Fund organized with representatives from 24 of the 27 organizations. The participants in the meeting were clear about what they wanted: re-start their commerce, cover their houses and plant in their fields in a hurry. Lambi supported this logic because people need to have a place to stay and start to be prepared against the famine (food insecurity) that could come in the next few months if destroyed fields were not repaired and prepared for planting while the rainy season is here.  Our primary focus is to restart the food production and restore the productivity of all 27 organizations serving 11 municipalities.  Our overarching goal is to implement:

The post-Matthew Agricultural revitalization program for 1600 members of Lambi Fund partner organizations

The Lambi Fund staff, the regional monitor for the South and the board members together with the grass root partners develop the strategy to leap into action to not lose the opportunity for this next planting season, which needs to begin by the middle of November, by the very latest the end of November.

The strategy we envision – Phase Two in our post-disaster response – will allow Lambi Fund to have the necessary means to jump start the agricultural economy.  It will also encourage and support collective work where organizational members will use the traditional konbit (collective work groups) for members to work in each other’s fields. This approach empowers them to demonstrate their solidarity for one helping each other in this difficult time but also reduce their expenses they would have during the planting season. 

 Lambi Fund will give 27 organizations, and their membership, the capacity to plant their selective garden products. This strategy will produce food locally, stimulate the local economy, develop work and bring in revenue for the planters.

 In the Restore and Rebuild plan, this revitalization is based on crops that will be ready to harvest quickly, 2 ½ to 3 months such as sweet potatoes, eggplant, tomato, beans, and corn. The planters will decide which crops to plant. Lambi Fund will put in place a monitoring system to see how all members use the funding, which crops they planted most, what impacts the program had on the availability of food in the area. In addition, we will evaluate the organizational reinforcement of all beneficiary organization. This program will last 3 months and in the 4th month, Lambi Fund will conduct a participatory evaluation with all organizations that participated in the program.

It is you, in your human spirit and will to be part of the change around you,  that will make the agricultural revitalization possible. We thank you for joining us to empower Haitian Rural Farmers, who are courageous amid strives, to take responsability to make a difference.  Thank you for your generosity and being part of the solution!

 

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Aug 29, 2016

Keep on Planting

Planting trees, the greening of Haiti is not a time limited activity.  From 2006 sinceThe Lambi Fund of Haiti decided to address the issue of deforestation in Haiti, we embrace the process knowing it is going to be for decades. We believe the environment in Haiti can be remedied but it will take a responsible government, increased awareness of the importance of the environment and climate changes; and committment from everyone including our global partners.

It is not only an instance for each one to do its share, it is more proof that we are in one world no matter where we are located.  For that reason alone, each one of our donor is an active participant in the creation of that change.  This is a year when the people of Haiti who are participants in our funded projected successfully planted  461,104 trees reaching 88.73% of the goal of 520,00 inspite of the worst drought Haiti has seen in 35 years.

We believe that Haiti can make this change effectively, we also know it will take collaboration, investment in humanity and reforrestation.

Organization        Type of project                         Goal                   Produced/planted      

Region Latibonit

 MOTAB              Goat Breeding                           20,000                   22,000

 APEAG               Goat Breeding                          20,000                   22,700

 MOPDAD            Integrated project                      20,000                   19,500

 MPC                   Environment                              60,000                   60,000

OPEMO                Irrigation, farm credit fund          20,000                   17,800

APKB*                  Irrigation, farm credit fund          20,000                   23,140

AGPK                   Reinforce existing fund              20,000                   21,604

OFARIB                Reinforce existing fund              20,000                   19,500

Region South   

GWOFAMIL           Ox-Plow /credit                     20,000                   22,010

UPLADEP              Goat Breeding                      20,000                   17,000

OPDTM                  Goat Breeding                     20,000                    21,285

MOPPAD                Environment                      120,000                  121,268

OBS                       Mill                                      20,000                    16,297

SADN                     Environment                      120,000                    57,000

Total                                                                 520,000                  461,104

 

The amazing component is the increase awareness that makes a young one craddle a little plant found growing on the edge of a ditch , the coalition building and collaboration to keep plants alive during the drought was the work of hundreds of volunteer in the respective neighborhoods.  As we thank you ,we thank them for assuming their responsible citizenship. 

As we reforrest using a method of agro-forestry, we plant species that are familiar to the area and species at risk.  We also plant many fruits trees that will bring nutrition to the areas where planted and produce some revenue.  Such projects like the replacement of colonial coffee plants, not only regenerate the plants but also increase the volume produced, thus the revenue of the farmers.  We train an average of 30 individuals per project who work in the nursery preparation, maintenance and the debt. 

You have helped us reach the dream of a lifetime. We thank you for your help!  Join us to make planting  trees in 2016 a reality!

Tree planting on the local economy
Tree planting on the local economy

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Aug 24, 2016

Life Giving Essential: Water

We are moving forward providing water to the people of Haiti in remote North West.   As you know we met our first goal of 20 cisterns.  We are working on the new set of 10 in the Northwest of Haiti namely in Mawotye.

This project will build 10 4,500 gallon water cisterns in drought-ravaged town of Mawotye. People of Mawotye are very excited especially now is the season that they will collect water with rain and river flowing.  we are adding 45,000 gallons more water for the families of Mawotye.  

Accesibility is a key issue as there are only traces of roads leading to the area.  This project has brought people together.  They have cleared patches of road from the crossing of the river to the hill tops.  They are volunteering to bring all materials up the hill:  cement, steel frame, sand and blocks.  Women have been breaking stone to facilitate the mortar for the construction of the foundation and the base. 

Engineers are working with local mason to not only participate in the construction but also to learn to maintain and repair cisterns thereafter. 

 In its 22 years, Lambi has helped provide millions of gallons of water.  Just in 2015, we help ravaged drought-ridden northwest of Haiti gather today 4500x 20  to so many families,  What better way for you to partner with us to give water and give life, a cistern is really the gift that keeps on giving!

Across waters you have reached to us and we continue to help rural Haiti get closer to self-sufficient. Thanks for making it possible!

 
   

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