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.
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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May 25, 2016

You Did It!

Because you care lives changed!  The amazing thing about it is that we will not go back there because not only the strategy comes from the locality that faced the challenge, they together work to maintain the viability of the activity for long term.  

Cisterns for gathering water is sustainable.  The community is organized to share the resource that is water. They have shape a process for surveillance, cleanliness and the gathering of water.  They share the water with all community dwellers and the residents contribute a token (1 gourde) per gallon or pail obtained.  That contribution provides payment to hire a person that is responsible for maintenance, test the potability of the water and assure that the cisterns is cleaned periodically. Lambi Fund has trained community dwellers, members of the organization to deliver these tasks.

People are saying: "Nou gen dlo"  (We got water).  They raise their hands up in praise.  I hve been there sitting with the women in Lakoma and Didyet are not walking for hours to find a pail of water.  Water is within reach.  With the rain, they have water more abundantly. 

The Lambi fund in Haiti will continue to partner with those who have taken charge in rural Haiti.  We also seek partnership with those who are conscious that we are the change we dream and endeavor to make change for all because we are one world, ultimately.

Together our partners and the Lambi fund team say thank you to Global giving for the opportunity and thank you to you for your generosity.  You touched a life and that life has a lasting gratitude that is indelible. 

Together we can continue to make differences accross Worlds and Oceans!

Thanks again.

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

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May 11, 2016

ACHVRO: One sustainable Production of Local Good.

ACHVRO community mill office
ACHVRO community mill office

Asosyasyon pou Chanje Vizaj Ravin Olyann (ACHVRO) a farmer association whose goal is to change the community of Ravin Olyann is supported by the Lambi Fund.  The aim of their project is to increase production of sugar cane and increase the production of syrup used in the area as sugar for food consumption and baking.  In partnership  with Lambi Fund, ACHVRO established a mill and expanded its capacity for production by adding boilers and cultivating more sugarcane in the immediate community area.  It also created two community credit funds, one with the aim of helping farmers cultivate more sugar cane, the other to help women who sell syrup to increase their capacity and their volume sales. Their reforrestation component planted more than 20,000 new sugar cane plants.

Their syrup production increase from 31.50 drums to 63 drums, 100% as they had planned.  Their revenue doubled.  They were able to assist 45 women members with a community loan of HTG 5,000  (gourdes) to buy syrup for resale and 30 planters for the production of more cane.  Their rate of reimbursement is at 100% and with a 2% degressif interest, they are able to increase the number of loans.  The increase in organizational capacity is also evident in the training of 60 members in management, fund management, nursery training.

ACHVRO is one of the few organization who uses the byproduct from sugar cane “bagas” for burning fuel, an effective means of cooking syrup for Haiti that is highly deforrested. ACHVRO began with 90 members and have increased to 125 members, a 38% increase in membership.

Expanding the Local Food production is dependent on many factors,  For ACHRO in Ravin Olyan, It is the climatic changes,(seven month long drought (2015), ravaging hurricane (2014) that shaped its production in the last two years.  Although they reach 200% increase in their transformation and providing syrup for basic necessities, cooking, baking, these two events affected the production of sugar cane.  However, having fully developped the infrastruce and the funding support for their membership, ACHVRO stands to redouble its efforts and reach maximum production with a normal harvest.

Thanks to the support of donors, sustainers and your involvement that we are able, in partnership, to assist ACHVRO and 23 organizations  like ACHVRO reach their sustainability and expansion in their production. 

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Harvest the cane
Harvest the cane
"Bagas" using cane by product for fuel
"Bagas" using cane by product for fuel
Daily work of processing sugar cane
Daily work of processing sugar cane

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