Members of the Center for Plantain Propagation
Lambi Fund staff and board members recently returned from a field visit with partner organizations in Northwest Haiti to assess how communities are doing post-quake. This was a wonderful opportunity to talk with locals about the earthquake’s impact on their communities and how local organizations banded together to respond accordingly.
Lambi Fund talked with Mr. Josephat, a member of the Center for Plantain Propagation who recalled tearfully, “I had 21 people, relatives and strangers staying with me and my family. We did not think twice about welcoming them but we had not yet figured out how they would be cared for or how they would be fed. When we heard about the Lambi Fund’s program to help impacted families, I was so happy that I cried. I cried because I was touched and shocked that people who had been at the center of this disaster, had time to think about us. I was so proud to be the member of a strong organization, and I really deeply understood why being organized is the path to a better life. We would have been left to our devices without the Lambi Fund’s support.”
Mr. Josephat and members of all the communities visited reiterated that the emergency response grants that Lambi Fund provided to grassroots organizations allowed its members to provide urgently needed food, water and medical supplies for earthquake survivors seeking solace in their homes.
The farmers assistance program that provided farmers the capital needed to purchase more seeds and tools for their crops was a great success as well. Rural communities that were faced with expanded populations seized the opportunity to plant more crops and produce more food. Bountiful harvests of peas, vegetables and corn have been reported- which locals have been using for consumption and sale in local markets.
Please continue to support Lambi Fund’s efforts to expand small business enterprises in rural Haiti and provide even more communities the opportunity to see bountiful harvests and recover post-quake.