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.
Jun 9, 2015

Climate Change Response: Compelled or Planned

Laying a strong foundation
Laying a strong foundation

 The "Conseil National de Securite Alimentaire" (Council on Food Security) projected an increase in food shortage for the coming months.The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture  are conferring on the changing weather patterns, (longer draught, shorter rainy season).  The evidence of climatic events and climatic change are on the horizon in Haiti.  Any plans that are concerned with longterm rebuilding must address these profound lifestyle changes that come with climate events.  For rural Haitian farmers in remote areas the problem is more than a threat, it is already a stark reality that cannot be avoided.

Currently, the Lambi Fund partnered with Northwest Haiti, namely IPTKSK (Organization of Peasant from Savann Karre) to respond to the drought impacting 7,500 families in the Northwest of Haiti.  In a joint effort, we planned to built 30 cisterns to provide 18,000 gallons of water each to support the growing need for water in the neighborhoods of Dityet, Lakoma and Mawotye. With the support of our GlobalGiving supporters, individuals and other foundations, we have constructed 20 of the 30 cisterns. 10 in Dydyet and 10 in Lakoma are completed.  

With 10 more to go, we are meeting a challenge incorporated midstream in the rebuilding of Haiti's already complex environmental profile.  It is a work in progress that compels rigueur and flexibility to work in partnership with the most vulnerable to make a change and improve preparedness of those whose lives are at greater risk with the changes we are experiencing.

We thank you for your involvement and continued support in focussing some of our activities on matters of rebuilding Haiti - a longterm effort that requires thoughtfullness, community participation and engagement from all concerned.  

Share your thinking by emailing us at info@lambifund.org or meeting on our blog page.  I look forward to hearing from you!

  

Time to rehydrate!
Time to rehydrate!
No more trips to those mountains in the back!
No more trips to those mountains in the back!

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Jun 9, 2015

What People in Dityet Are Saying!

When the hands are many, the load is lighter!
When the hands are many, the load is lighter!

A few months ago, women started gathering basic materials, small rocks and sandy soil and a committee of local managers began the purchasing of cement, iron for grids, blocks and PVC piping for the construction of ten more cisterns underway.  I noted the involvement of women, since they are the initiators of the project, as a response to the extended drought in the northeast of Haiti.

This project which initiated last year is in its second phase.  The residents of Lakoma have worked with Pro Consult, the engineering group, to complete the first ten cisterns.  This phase is focused on the completion of 10 cisterns in Dityet.  At the end of the month, we will have a total of 20 completed cisterns gathering thousands of gallons of water as the rain begins to fall. 

People in Dityet are relieved and excited.  I was talking to Marguerite, one of the women from the area of Jean Rabel where Dydiet is located, and her is what she said:  "In our meetings, women are talking about saving."  I asked in what way?  She said "it saved the strength of women and girls who were carrying the water before the cisterns were built. Another thing is protection.  The water we maintain in the cisterns is treated.  As the rainy season begins, the rate of cholera is already increasing.  So, treated water protects the most vulnerable, the elderly and the young ones."  

She also added one element that did not occur readily to me.  She said that pregnant women are especially protected with the addition of the cisterns.  The vulnerability of the babies to Diahrea and other gastrointestinal issues, like worms, are greatly reduced.  

I am elated, and you should be too, for having an active part in these changes.  Having clean water and access are only two of the outcomes that are desirable but the impact over time will be a critical element for us to assess.  

I am in Haiti and I am happy to have had internet access long enough to upload this report.  Yesterday there was a conference for the students in school.  It speaks to climate change, a world phenomenon.  The drought is one aspect of growing concern in Haiti and now there is a projection of greater food insecurity as the drought continues to intensify, meaning longer dry periods.  The cisterns are one aspect of the solution.

Thank you so much for your participation in making these 20 cisterns a reality.  Ten more to go!.

A short musical interlude between the hard work
A short musical interlude between the hard work
Some of the rocks gathered by the women
Some of the rocks gathered by the women

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May 14, 2015

Expanding local Capacity to increase Food Security

AJSDC
AJSDC's Mill

"Three years ago, I walked or paid a motor taxi to go to the next two towns to mill rice without a guarantee that I would be able to complete the task within that day.  I could not count on going to market that day or return to cook some rice and feed my children.  Today, I could put the water to boil while I run to the mill to prepare some pods to feed my children after school."  

The Saint Martin Youth Association for Community Development (AJSDC)  assures services to the local farmer and expands the local market capacity to provide food for purchase in the area of Saint Martin where they have situated the mill.  Initially set to mill corn, this site is now milling, rice and millet as well and is providing a needed service that expands food production and improves quality of life for the consumer and the producer.

Since its inception in 2011, farmers have milled 1,078,335 pounds of cereal (597,170 rice; 267,655 millet and 213,510 corn).  In spite of a six month drought in 2014, they transformed and placed 157,058 lbs of the most consumed cereals in the area - rice, millet and corn.  

AJSDC is  sustainable, having created revenue to sustain itself, hired mechanic operators and managers, expands a rebate to their members and substantially improving their clientele.  Currently their consumers are made up of 70% neighborhood farmers rather than the members that made up 100% when they first started.  Service impact is beyond the membership of their organization and they continue to grow as an enterprise.  

Your investment,  the farming organization's efforts and the support that the Lambi Fund has in their partnership has improved conditions of life for their farmers and contributed to the growth of farming in the region.  For that,   we are more than grateful for your participation.

Thank you for joining us in our steadfast committment to assisting rural famers in changing their lives.

Our Haiti Director
Our Haiti Director's hands on approach!
And then there was rice!
And then there was rice!

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