This year has been one roller coaster ride after another for everyone around the world including our partners, our supporters and our Lambi family. While the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in Haiti continued, we dealt with a huge loss. One of our dearest founders, Dr. Marie Marcelle Racine, transitioned from this world in July. We were heart-broken by this deep loss. Her DNA still runs through Lambi's veins as we press on and continue the great work that she helped to start and grow over 25 years ago. Dr. Racine believed in the Haitian people and their ability to succeed. Every time the road might seem a little bit tough, we remind ourselves of her resilience and conviction; we will continue to draw strength from her and our partners in rural Haiti.
The pandemic was certainly an unexpected surprise that took the world for quite a spin, but it did not stop our partners from moving forward in the field. With your support, we were able to take the necessary steps to reach out to our partners and their communities and provide them with the knowledge and tools needed to fight the spread of this disease. Handwashing stations were built, face masks were distributed, disinfectants were provided and a level of peace was restored in the minds of the people we serve.
We can all say that we hope to close this chapter soon, but surely we will not let it hinder our work in Haiti.
Lambi Fund is continuing all our re-building work because it is vital to the survival of many Haitians. Since Haiti has few health care networks and even less infrastructure,Lambi Fund is taking a proactive approach to prevent the spread of coronavirus.Lambi Fund needs face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer for its interactions with community groups. Lambi Fund staff is providing training to each organization on ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus, such as the importance of washing hands and working in smaller groups. We are also producing mass communications such as radio spots to raise awareness among the rural areas.
One of the biggest changes is the re-formatting of Regional Trainings projected for 2020. In an effort to reduce exposure, we are doing small trainings of less than 30 people for each individual group, rather than large regional gatherings. This, of course, places more time demands on staff, who are already working at survival paces.
We are sad to report that the mother of our Reginal Monitor Pierre St. Cyr passed away last week. She was a matriarch in her community in the Sud and was always ready to lend a hand or open up her house for the displaced. After the big earthquake in 2010, many people lost their homes and she filled her house with them, sharing food and shelter. When her house was full, she looked for other places to house them.
She did this after every disaster thereon, whether it was hurricanes, flooding, or droughts, and especially for this current project of long-term rebuilding in Haiti. She offered her support, wisdom and food to the many who are rebuilding Haiti. She was a model for many and we hope that her geneorosity inspired more to follow in her footsteps. We know she raised her son Mr. St. Cyr with these virtues because he is still working hard with peasant groups to contribute to long term rebuilding in Haiti.
Members of the Organization ODRO have been involved in rebuilding the grain mill that was damaged by the hurricane. They feel satisfied with the work and are able to grind their grains again. Now they are expanding some space that can allow them to do many different things (store grains, use as a meeting space, and use as a waiting room if there are several customers waiting to grind their grains). The members brainstormed more thoughtful steps to make the mill more profitable, such as:
. Create a credit fund to lend to women in the Organization to trade milled products
. Create a credit fund so farmers can invest more in agricultural production
. Continue the development of a storage space that will allow them to be marketed while they are being milled
The organization finished rebuilding the mill but will continue expansion of the meeting room and the storage warehouse.
The country is facing much political chaos but farmers keep meeting the challenge to produce food for the people who cannot afford the cost of imported goods.
Lambi Fund staff and partner are very grateful for the support to complete the repair of 21 project damaged under Hurricane Mathew. These projects have returned, to normal functioning, with community farmers accessing mills to refine their grains, storage for the market and reestablishing their small trade in the local market producing revenue to alleviate the level of poverty.
Farmers and community dwellers have seeded 316,482 trees of many species.Many members are active in the monitoring and assuring the strategic placement of each tree within selected areas to protect water source, improve green coverage and assuring the continuation of species specific to their localities.
Food production increased with the reopening of two mills, seven Ox-plowing services and micro-funding for retailers and planters in rural communities in Haiti.
Every project build is completedwith access to water if not running water a system to gather water in a cistern. They also have multiple toilet within an enclosure room and covered roof.
Lambi Fund held 14 training sessions averaging 31 participants each. There were 439 participants in total. Among the training for organizational capacity building, management capacity, storage of grain, techniques for animal husbandry, there were 4 special two-day training for nursery building.
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