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.
Aug 8, 2016

Food insecurity: a growing challenge in Haiti.

The Center for Plantain Propagation has been a core solution in the production of plantain in the artibonite region known  for its "banan Miske".  The latter is a type preferred or its size, taste and texture.  Plantain is eaten at breakfast lunch and diner in Haiti, indeed a main staple in the diet of children as farina (dried and powdered), as porrige eaten at night;  as part of the entree boiled and eaten with meats. When plantain stated getting a fungus it was a major disaster, CPP introduced the FHA21, a type of plantain resistant to the disease Sigatoka.  When FHA21 took hold in the area, it  impacted life for consumers, merchants and producers.  Their economic activities changed for the better.

This is the work of the CPP and over 250 producers, partners who live in the region.  CPP is a project of the Lambi Fund of Haiti.  The CPP has made a difference in the market of plantain in the region by eradicating the grave concern of Sigatoka.  CPP is continuing its impact by strenghtening organizational capacity of the local organizatrions, through training on building collaboration and cooporative.  It supported the production of plantain chips that is in the market and is locally sold in the school yards of many learning institutions.  

The last drought, named the worst in 35 years by the United Nations, was a major threat to any production in Haiti. During this time of severe reduction of production, CPP produced 30,000 plantain seedlings, 8626 new fruit trees that included Mango Cheries lemon nuts, apple cedar and mahogany. With the raining season upon us, new trees are permanently placed in gardens to produce fruits, plantain for consumption in the local market.  

The vision of self sufficiency can become a reality for the CPP as there is interest in the agricultural sector including small family farmers and institutions who expressed interest in generating the new plantain type and CPP is producing new seedlings upon request.  This is one of the strategic solutions that Lambi Fund through CPP brings to expand the local food production in Haiti.the population.

We have succeeded with your help, your generous contributions and your support.   We thank you.

Jun 1, 2016

A new season for planting

In the last nine months, the 10 projects of reforrestation have met tremendous challenges to realize the goal of seeding 20,000 plants each as is required from each organization since 2006 after Hurricane Jeane devastated the planting fields and the rest of the countryside.  The challenge is a drought that has lasted seven months.  The United Nations coined it "the most devastating drought in Haiti in 35 years".  It crippled most farmers who depend on the raining season for their sesonal harvesting.  The United Nations has expressed concern on the nation capacity to feed all its people because of the drought. 

Our projects are affected in many ways:  For example, MOPPAD produced more than 50,000 seedling.  They had distributes 30,000 in sites designated for planting  and 14,000 coffee plants are in the nursery growing to reach time for transplanting.  As of March 2016, the organization lost 25,000 new trees due to the drought. MOPPAD members are starting anew to capture rain for planting now and hope to reach their goal of planting 60,000 trees seven months later.

APKB:  Their nurseries produced 23,140 seedlings, because of the drought only 14,992 survived. APKB distributed 10,562 and 4,430 remains to be located on the sites selected for reflourishing. 

ODEPERIB: Has established two nurseries to spread the distribution of the plants accross the localities.  They prepared 22,500 trees (mango, avocado) and they are growing in the nursery and soon to be planted.  The rain has begun, unfortunately in some locations with so much intensity that we have yet to be able to re-establish the planting pattern in many areas. 

It is our hope to continue planting to reach our current goals however late in the season to come.  We are grateful for a new season and your support is essential to our continued success.  Thank you so much for your patience and solidarity with the peasant farmers in rural Haiti.

May 31, 2016

Infrastructure: Addressing a pressing need

The construction of cistern for the provision of water has been a long term strategy that allows the Lambi Fund of Haiti to contribute to the long term rebuilding in Haiti.

The construction of cisterns in partnership with organizations in rural areas has been named "The Deliverance" translated from the Kreyol "La delivrans" by the farmers themselves.  Addressing the broader issue of provision of water is a national responsibility but the distance between the farmer's needs and the level of involvement is far from being adequate. 

Working with farmers water is essential.  The Lambi Fund in its strategy has selected the construction of cisterns to build the capacity of organizations to be more efficient in obtaining water for multiple use.  Along with capting water, treating water assure the quality of water for consumption.  Lambi Fund has developped a partnership with locol organizations that acknowledge their contributions of land  for the community construction and their labor for the actual building of the cistern on site.  Lambi has built 53 in  the Artibonite Region, 10 in the south 45 in the nordwest region and one sistern in each of the 4 mills in the Artibonite region as well.We added 112 cisterns that holds a total of 504,000 gallons of water for daily use.

In some of the northwest localities, the cisterns are the only source of water that the peasants have.  There is very limited access to water in their immediate surrounding.  They were walking many kilometers a day to seek a water source prior to the cistern project.  Lambi Fund  provides an accompanying training on the treatment of the water as well and how to collect rain water.  

The construction of the water cisterns are done in cooperation with Plan Consult, a firm of engineers who specializes in such constructions. This partnership has been established over the years and it allows for the local people to have substantial participation in the collection of material, mixing mortar, and building the walls of the cisterns.  It is a field of training and it leaves behind skills necessary to provide maintenance and repair if and when needed.  

What has been the results of this long term strategy?  The multiple outcome and impact is of enormous importance to the localities benefitting:  a.  Provision of potable water for thousands; b.  Reduction of gastrointestinal diseases among infants;  c. Girls ability to attend school longer since they are not fetching water                                                         

The provision of  water is an essential component of our work and we acknowledge the need to scale up in these activities to continue to respond to a pressing need.  In the recent years, access to water is exacerbated by long drought we are experiencing as a result of climatic events and changes that is evidenced in the environment in Haiti.  We need your continued support to carry on our efforts to meet the constant demand that we receive.  Thank you for your support in providing a life source to the rural people of Haiti.

We could not do it without your assistance and your help.

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