Build 20 Water Cisterns for 1800 families in Haiti

by Lambi Fund of Haiti
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We are moving forward providing water to the people of Haiti in remote North West.   As you know we met our first goal of 20 cisterns.  We are working on the new set of 10 in the Northwest of Haiti namely in Mawotye.

This project will build 10 4,500 gallon water cisterns in drought-ravaged town of Mawotye. People of Mawotye are very excited especially now is the season that they will collect water with rain and river flowing.  we are adding 45,000 gallons more water for the families of Mawotye.  

Accesibility is a key issue as there are only traces of roads leading to the area.  This project has brought people together.  They have cleared patches of road from the crossing of the river to the hill tops.  They are volunteering to bring all materials up the hill:  cement, steel frame, sand and blocks.  Women have been breaking stone to facilitate the mortar for the construction of the foundation and the base. 

Engineers are working with local mason to not only participate in the construction but also to learn to maintain and repair cisterns thereafter. 

 In its 22 years, Lambi has helped provide millions of gallons of water.  Just in 2015, we help ravaged drought-ridden northwest of Haiti gather today 4500x 20  to so many families,  What better way for you to partner with us to give water and give life, a cistern is really the gift that keeps on giving!

Across waters you have reached to us and we continue to help rural Haiti get closer to self-sufficient. Thanks for making it possible!

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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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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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
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
prepare mortar
prepare mortar
finishing touches
finishing touches
complete and drying
complete and drying

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Lambi Fund of Haiti

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.lambifund.org
Project Leader:
Marie Marthe Saint Cyr
Executive Director
Washington, DC United States

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