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Build 20 Water Cisterns for 1800 families in Haiti

by Lambi Fund of Haiti
Build 20 Water Cisterns for 1800 families in Haiti
working together to make a difference
working together to make a difference

We are here because 99 donors read about our projects and encourage by persons like you through Global Fund gave  over $9,000.  The people of Haiti together contributed the land and their strong arms efforts carrying rocks, sand, cement, a labor of love while getting instruction from engineers from Plan Consult.  Working together 20 cisterns is providing water for 5000 people in the northwest of Haiti.  

Not only did we complete the cisterns, but the training was provided to maintain the water safe. We have joined hands across oceans, at multi dimensional issues, providing solutions in this instance  80,000 gallons of water ready for usage, we are touching 5000 and more lives. 

We are ready to scale up this model of collaboration and trust that has made the partnership of rural farmers and the Lambi Fund of Haiti vibrant in the last twenty years.   Enter the next decade with us in partnership to touch more lives in a positive  development manner at which junction we can all say with dignity and honor that "we have done our best"

 Thank you so much for being part of this project giving life, and giving water!  let us envision the next project together as we make our way forward to a true democracy in Haiti.  Then rural farmers will have not only their field, but their voice will matter and will reflect in the way they live.  

Incremental as it is, we are growing and we see it in the face of our constituency, in their progress with individual business as well as common activities.

We thank you so much and wish you a peaceful Holiday season!

Completed with dignity and pride of a community
Completed with dignity and pride of a community
Thank you
Thank you
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preparing mortar
preparing mortar

Three months ago, I told you that we had 10 more cisterns to go.  Well we are done.  People came together created hand in hand access to 315,000 gallons of water for 2222 families.  It started long ago last year when the earth parched, the trees wilted; the leaves remaining became encrusted with a grayish cover thirsting for a drop of water.  It has long past the four months that we named a dry season but this one continues and seven months later we had to admit we are in the middle of a drought but not one alert came from the institutions of care and not one bucket of water was brought in as an alternative or option, when the rivers stopped flowing.

In a country where people have been said to be "resilient", the most resilient people are not often visible.  But they are thinking, on their feet, in remote villages formulting strategies that work.  They came to Lambi Fund, in partnership,  having defined their primary need: "access to water".  It is their initiatives that build a bridge to survival.

We are so grateful that 133 persons joined you in partnership with the Lambi Fund of Haiti and made their effort possible with our collective resources.  The communities of Mayotye, Lacoma and Dytiet have changed for the better because we unified forces and made it happen.

Peole in Lacoma are saying "Chapo ba" a term of reverence for the goodness of you and the sharing that it dignifies and the partnership that will sustain overtime.

Because of your generosity and the generosityFamily and the foundations that joined us, we are now adding 10 more to finish in November of this 2015.  We are so grateful!

Thank you.  Let us remain in partnership supporting creative local solutions in rural Haiti.

cisterns in construction
cisterns in construction
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prepare mortar
finishing touches
finishing touches
complete and drying
complete and drying

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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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cistern in construction

Time passes quickly.  It seems that it was just a few days ago I was asking you to support the cistern to give life to those families facing drought in Jean rabel!  

 We are progressing to meet our goal as we are framing the contracts for the construction of the next set of ten.  

I met Sonia no further than 20 feet from one of the 4500 gallon cisterns.  She is much older than the women present in the open air meeting with our delegation of visitors.  She decided to tell us her story.  She started with a long statement on her gratefulness, and I was waiting to hear her since she is of the age when she can no longer tend to the goats and till her own soil.  "I am old, too old to fetch water" She said  "but I live so close to the cistern that I can wait and ask any of the neighbors or any of their children to pull me a pail of water."  "They do it willingly," she continues.  "When I think of the trip up  the mountain to fetch water, how would I have survived without the cisterns?  So I am so grateful.  I have four children, you know, but the harshness of living has compelled them to go away to look for work to survive.  Now I have no one near.  Thank you for giving me water and for those who help me, thank you."  She relayed this with so much passion that we were all in tears.

Thank you so much for assisting us in availing life-giving water to Sonia and thousands of others like her. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to add 10 more cisterns that will be constructed by the end of Spring!

The Lambi Fund coordinates visiting delegations where donors, supporters and advocates spend time with beneficiaries to share their life experiences and learn from their diligence and devotion to create change in their respective communities. We hope you will join us in the field in the future.

I look forward to reporting the completion of the cisterns before the fall of 2015.

 

Thank you.

just a pause
just a pause
Strong foundations....
Strong foundations....
Everyone  helps!
Everyone helps!

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Let's get started!
Let's get started!

On November 27th 2014, the leadership of the grassroots organization receiving the cisternsin the northwest region of Jean rabel,  met to contract the start up of the cistern project.  Two women, Marceline and Erzulia, and one man, Joseph, met to review the contract, their contributions in rocks and stones, labor, the preparation of the road for the delivery of the materials and the purchasing list for the construction.

This committee represented each of the localities benefitting from the cisterns: Dityet, Lakoma and Mawotye.   

The local contribution is as follows: gathering of fine sand for mortar, breaking pebbles in 12 cubic meter pieces per cistern for the mortar, assuring access for cement and other material delivery, transporting material to sites; working with the engineers and identified trainees for management of the water system.

There are already some positive outcomes from the time that the cisterns were announced.  In the form of a konbit, a community's most reknowned  workgroup format, the residents have gathered and mended the roads so that the materials can arrive. These localities are removed and road access is difficult at best.  They have been working to make the ditches more passable so that the trucks could reach further in order to deliver.  In cases of inaccessible paasageways, the residents will carry the materials to the sites.

The Lambi Fund has contracted the firm Pro Consult to build the cisterns.  At the initial preparations, the training is availed to local residents.  Each training is delivered to a minimum of 30 persons and will address the collection, treatment and maintenance of the cisterns.  

This begins an exciting year for Jean Rabel and its localities where the hope for water and improved life has become a reality due to your initial gift.  You gift has inspired 113 people and  5 foundations to give $93,818.50 which we have received to complete this project in turn we will "Give Water and Give Life" to 7,500 people.

Thank you for making this project possible!

Have a healthy and Happy Holiday season!

All hands on deck!
All hands on deck!
A similar cistern
A similar cistern

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Lambi Fund of Haiti

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Marie Marthe Saint Cyr
Executive Director
Washington, DC United States

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