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 28, 2016

Plowing Ahead, Not Discouraged

Beans garden of CPP
Beans garden of CPP

Antoine lost everything gardens with his new harvest, accross the land he cultivates there were avocado, papaya and mango trees, all producing additional revenue that keeps his two children in school and caring for his older mother now no longer able to farm the land. 

Hurricane Mathews destroyed his  labor, ravaged the land.  It inundated and filled the land with debris.  In the aftermath, it was total disconcertation, upsetness and sadness.  He kept saying "There is nothing left".   It felt like total despair.

Within a week when we met again, he was very clear and shared his plan.  He needed to get back and start removing the rubble, the bolders, the pieces of tree trunk and start planting again.  He also knew he could not do it alone. In a large gathereing of community farmers with the Lambi Fund of Haiti, over 1500 rural farmers made a committment that together working in unison we will plant again.  With the support we are providing, they are taking advantage of the planting season starting the first week of December to start planting.  You have made it possible with your support.

The Lambi Fund of Haiti has already invested $200,000 for planters in the area impacted.  We will repair our sustainable projects and the environment is a priority for the welfare of all the Haitian people living in the South. 

We have lost so many trees in our reforestation efforts accross the South of Haiti. With renewed effort and with your help we have begun to plant again.  Not only will we generate food that can be harvested in the next three months, we will be rebuilding our nurseries to replace the lost.  Each organization will plant 20,000 trees again.

We need your help and your participation to make our goal.  Please join us to plant trees accross the South of Haiti.  Thank you for your committment to the environment and your generosity.

A view of Haiti
A view of Haiti
After the hurricane
After the hurricane

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Nov 23, 2016

"3222 kawo of land cultivated": A New Vision

Haiti prior to Hurricane Mathews
Haiti prior to Hurricane Mathews

In June 2016 when we approach Cayes, one of the major coastal cities in the south of Haiti.  As a haitian woman born in the land located in the heart of Hurricane Alley, all I saw  was a begining of hope as the mountains look green, the water posed in a deep blue as if beckoning anyone to dare change its peaceful demeanor.  Yet today, we seem to have made a full turn where the land seems scorched, the trees bare, the leaves still dark from the swiftness of 145 miles per hour wind that swept the region on October 4, 2016.  For 16 hours, 1000 lives was shattered, over 1.5 millions rendered homeless and the damage estimated at 2 billion dollars. 

Long term rebuilding efforts were just redefined. Every small step from the last five years after the earthquake was lost in the south and northwest of the country.  As discouraging as it may appear over 9 million persons must build again and with resistance, resilience and courage, face the next harvest and the next season of rain.

In the defining stage of solutions, the Lambi Fund and 24 organizations of its rural farming partners came together and prioritize the cultivation of land as a first necessary activity to get farmers back to work.  In a "Konbit" format, 1500 will together till some 3222 "kawo" of land to start planting food products that will be harvested in the span of three months. That can include but not limited to: beans, corn, eggplant, tomatoes, calalou etc.  so when the food relief stop in the next months, there will be local food accessible, affordable hopefully.  

The people affected have the least resources to depend on imported food. So cultivating the land and producing food will serve the community at large.  It will create, really restore farmers to work;  it will serve to stimulate the local market; it will impact food security in a positive way and will protect the land from further erosion.  

This response is far from being the only solution but it is a begining to revitalize the long term needs of the farmers in the south.  We hope you will weigh in with your support and your engagement for the longterm.

Thank you for your concerns and your support.  Your contribution will make a difference.  Double your gift by giving to the Lambi Fund on "Giving Tuesday" and make a bigger difference.  

Giving Tuesday is on November 29th Matching will begin at midnight EST and conclude at 11:59:59 pm EST or when funds run out.  Double your gift and double your impact.Please give ont he 29th of November!

house after hurricane Mathews
house after hurricane Mathews
land and trees destroyed
land and trees destroyed

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Nov 22, 2016

Mission Accomplished

representatives of the region where cisterns a
representatives of the region where cisterns a

The Lambi Fund of Haiti completed 20 cisterns, 10 in Lacoma and 10 in Didyet due to the generosity of all of our donors. Didyet and Lakoma are located in the commune of Jean Rabel.  This area is known for its rigorous dry season and was most affected during the drought of 2014 - 2015.

This area was also hit during Hurricane Mattews.  Although we were also affected in the Northwest of Haiti, we are please that during the visit effected by the Lambi staff on october, there was no reported cases of cholera in the area while the government administration reports 150 new cases emerging in the affected areas, according to the civil protection office.  Having water protected and secure is one of the ways we can reduce the impact of cholera and its spread.  This region now counts 57 cisterns providing water the families living there and you were part of the solution as you helped build 20 of them. 

The work of the Lambi Fund is not finished although this project is complete with the help of many foundations and your contribution we reached our goal of 20 cisterns.  Lambi has already began the construction of 10 more cisterns in Mawotye.  Our sustainable goal of assuring access to water for over 7500 families is well underway.

Thank you for your support. Thank you for choosing to be part of the solution.

One of the  of 20 cisterns built
One of the of 20 cisterns built

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