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.
Feb 11, 2016

A Wining Combination For Expanding Food Production

Members of Moje Planters' Association "OPMO" have arable, fertile land for agriculture, but suffer from low rainfall, which reduces crop output. In order to increase agricultural productivity in this area 150 members (50 female and 100 male) have partnered with Lambi Fund to irrigate 30 acres of land and to reinforce a community credit fund for farmers. The credit fund will provide more farmers with access to affordable loans to purchase tools, seeds, and inputs needed to increase crop productivity, while thepurchase of two mobile irrigations pumps will water fields from nearby rivers.

All these efforts are undergirded with training on credit management, bookkeeping, sustainable agriculture and organizational capacity building with an average attendance of 34 persons. 70 members of the organizations have received micro loans. The utilization of the irrigation service has not only benefited 42 members, there are an additional 8 community swellers whose fields have been irrigated and watered due to the service the community organizers of OPMO have established.


They have irrigated 13 acres of land and has an additional revenue of HTG21,719 during these months of operation. Their project is slated to be fully sustainable in 24 months. For OPMO and their community, irrigation through motorized pumps and community micro credit has been a winning combination for expanding local food production in a time of constant challenge the nation faces in climate change, politicalinstabilty and drought.

Your generosity and your support has made the work possible and OPMO is well underway to manage and support their members to meet their agricultural goals as well as providing  for the basic needs for their families. 

Thank you.

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Dec 2, 2015

Progress in whose terms?

Asking for justice for rural Haiti
Asking for justice for rural Haiti

We are making progress as we undergird our economic development projects with advocacy and voicing the need for equity, parity and justice.  Rebuilding Haiti is not only focusing on re-establishing, schools for education,  housing post eartquake, nor is it provision of water and basic necessities for health, welfare. It is also looking at strategies that will impact life conditions with systemic changes. 

If we have in concert made a valid choice this year,  it is to redouble our efforts for civic education and expand our work on empowerment and advocacy through networking and seeking justice for all people in haiti.  Indeed this is the foundational that is needed for rebuilding in Haiti an institution of justice to uphold the rights of all its people to be treated with dignity and respect.  

Climate change is already a deadly reality in Haiti. Grassroots groups in Haiti are reporting a 7-month drought. Two seasons’ crops have been lost in many parts of the country. While droughts have been a fact of life in the past, researchers have noted a steady decrease in rainfall for each of the past twenty years. And climate change is directly connected to the destructiveness of extreme weather events, like hurricanes.  So the good projects that Lambi empowered our partners to complete are all under threat, said Mark Schuller, Chair of the board of Lambi Fund.

 For these reasons and others, this year Lambi has committed ourselves to reinvigorate the civic education part of our mission. When celebrating our 20 years last year, local partners asked for our support in creating regional networks. We have begun this process of making these connections, to empower grassroots groups to build common ground and a platform. We have supported the regional networks with increasing Civic Education trainings in the South and Artibonite. Combined with continued local development support, this platform will help Haitian grassroots leaders articulate and build a new Haitian society, changing the dynamic between the government and the world economy.  

We are enabled with your support and generosity as you also in your localities become more aware that the world is uniting closer as these global changes ultimately impact everyone on this planet.  Thankyou for your trust, your dedication and your awareness.  You are making a difference in rural Haiti and we want to acknowledge it.  Thank you and have a great holiday Season.

listening and learning
listening and learning
Continue with the struggle for the people
Continue with the struggle for the people
Dec 2, 2015

Together ahead with a new planting season.

Environment At worse
Environment At worse

As I write to you today, Josette said this afternoon. " Oh my god after nearly 8 months without rain, it is raining and we are afraid our trees and new seedling are getting overwatered and may even be washed away".  No exageration it is one of the most difficult season with over half the year emerged in a drought.  The planting season suffered but our environment projects started towards the end of the month of September 2015.  We have three projects of 120,000 trees each.  In addition each project initiated will be planting 20,000 trees as part of their reforestation goal.  Each one has started their nursery production.  As as the Association of Peasant Working Heads Together, referred to as APTK

The environment project of APTK was launched on September 21, 2015.  Training for nursery workers and volunteers took place between the 19th and 20th.  A total of 28 participants (13 women, 15 men) completed the training.  They expended 193,650 gourdes for the construction the trellis in the three localities identified for their reforestation sites.  The locations are:  Besi, gran Plas and Sizon.

The organization works twice a week on the nursery project.  They have seeded 12,000 individual tree seeds in two of the localities. During the first year, they will produce 60,000 trees in three zones. 20,000 fruit trees will be integrated in each 60,000 tree production. This is the rainy season and it is a good time to start before the pending dry season.

With your support we have began to reach our goal of planting 500,000 trees this year ending in 2016.  Our three projects combined will deliver 360,000.  In addition 4 projects in sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry,  micro credit will generate 20,000 each for  a total of 440,000.  This program is possible because of the committment of people like yourself.

We are grateful and wish you a peaceful Holiday Season with your friends and family! 

The hope is in new plant growing across Haiti
The hope is in new plant growing across Haiti
together working for a new look
together working for a new look
 
   

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