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.
Mar 1, 2016

Moving Ahead Despite of Challenging Climate Change

The community in action for the environment
The community in action for the environment

For many people the notion of climate change is in a distant future For the rural farmer in Haiti where the earth is parched, open in fissures and cracks for the last seven months, there is a stark reality.  These changes have defied common sense and local wisdom.  Each locality has a planting season based on patterns of rainfall that situates the planting, growing and harvesting of food.  Now that the rainy season has become more and more unpredictable, the result is lack or missed harvest, threat of available and accessible food and increased insecurity.  Amid these changes, localities have had to be more than creative in keeping and reaching their goals of reforrestation alive. 

They used dry conconut leaves to make up trellis that shade new seedlings. They gather water, protect young plants under the locally made trellis and maintain the seedling in ideal growth until the replanting is possible with adequate rainfall.

During the challenging drought the organizations :(Sosyete Agrikol Developman Nip (SADN), Association Peasant together in Kavayon (APTK),  Assosyasyon Bwa Bena 4eme Seksyon komin Veret (AB4CV) have prepared and seeded 180,000 new plants that were growing for a minimum of four to six months depending on the specie. 

Organizations have distributed 120,780 fruit and forest trees since January.  A priority is to reforest the area of emergence of springs that provide potable water; protecting the waterbeds. 180,000 new plants added for a total of 300,780 trees to be nursed into maturity.  The community dwellers are engaged and committed after a thorough process of general awareness and education.  They have a trained nursery hand that coordonatesthe activities of the volunteers in their committment to support reforestation in their communities.In addition there are 4 new organizations trained to start new nurseries that is planting 20,000 trees each.

We are well on the way with the new planting season, thanks for your support.  The campaign to plant trees is not a temporary fix, it is a continued effort, in the hope that everyone will join in to change the face of Haiti. 

We thank you and we need your continued support.

community involved in planting trees
community involved in planting trees
caring for the plants is a daily committment
caring for the plants is a daily committment
Mar 1, 2016

Building Organizational Capacity of the Lambi Fund

Training community organization members
Training community organization members

A major event compelled a major shift and greater effort in meeting the needs of a defined constituency.  The earthquake increased the gap in services due to the magnitude of destruction it left behind.  For the last five years, Lambi Fund has expanded its project with great focus on the environment, micro enterprises for women and farmers; increasing training building needed skills in management and specialty needs like mill mechanics, animal handlers and veterinary technicians. 

During 2015 Lambi Fund increased the training capacity of 23 farming community organizations in rural Haiti. 192 members (113 men and 79 women) in 6 projects on animal husbandry, received management training as well as animal care with a veterinarian.  The training last 5 days for the animal care hands on and the management component lasted 2 days4 projects that focused on community loan fund receivedto manage contracts, accounting for loan management and credit portfolio management. 3 out of 3 organizions were women focused and women led.  Trainees numbered 161 of which 15 men and 146 women.  The four sustainable agriculture project trained 139 persons (110 women 29 men) in transformation of fruits and Oxplowing.  The overwheming majority of women are involved in transformation of fruits.  The environment is a major priority and with donor partnership we were able to provide nursery techniques training for 214 persons (114 men and 100 women). 

When Lambi Fund assesses the number of organizations that are functioning over the last 22 years, each trained individual becomes an asset to the community and contributes to its growth.

Without your support it would not be possible.  We join together to echo our thanks.

Trainings hands on
Trainings hands on

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Feb 25, 2016

You made it Happen: 10 more cisterns, 233 families

You have helped the Lambi Fund and its partners in the Northwest of Haiti reach beyond its set goals of 20 cisterns. We have begun the construction of 10 more cisterns with a dimension 18 cubic meter for 4,500 gallons of water each.  The power of the human spirit surpasses overwhelming challenges and make things happen. In this instance it is despite the failure of institutions and woeful neglect of administrators that we, in collaboration and partnership with you and rural community dwellers, have surpassed our goal.  

The locality of Mawotye, in the seventh section of  Port De Paix, will receive 45,000 gallons of water.  The beneficiaries resides in small localities of :  Kolombye, Nan Sonde, Dieu Ki Bay,Odije, Manvaz, Mago, Pilet, Kavaz, Espre and Vye Joupa.   People of Mawotye are active participants.  They have been gathering and breaking in small pieces the stone to make the gravel necessary for the foundation and walls that will provide the life source, water.  They also volunteer their times to carry all construction materials such as cement, bricks and steel metal; water for mortar and repairing walkways and roads to make way for construction vehicles to reach the selected sites. You see the Lambi fund works in the most remote and vulnerable areas and often here are no formal roads to reach destination.

While constructing the cisterns we have the challenge of rising inflation (12.5%) and thus rising cost of construction.  A 100lbs cement container has risen from HTG65 to HTG105 nearly 161% increase in cost. 

We are able to add 10 cisterns because of the will and sharing of People like you.  We are so grateful for your partnership, your trust and your capacity to share in the crutial gift of water for life. 

TOGETHER WE SAY THANK YOU.  CHAPO BA!

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