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.
Accomplishing the work of sustaining long term rebuilding is an esential step toward sustainable development. Often difficult for small organization but do-able with partners looking into the future of communities beyond individual and personal activities. To accomplish this important step, the methodology of the Lambi Fund requires that investment is made into the community through established local organization whose mission is to grow communities and meet community needs working together.for example, establishing a mill that allows all farmers to have guarantee of production and organizing community membership to support the operationn of the meal is a win win for the community and the organization.
This year Lambi Fund is completing 21 projects that we have taken from disaster relief, recovery and now completing rehabilitationn post the devastating Hurricane Mathew in 2016. Today we have completed the evaluation of the [rojects. They have recovered 100 % production level lost in 2016, assuring that the community dwellers are able to produce, transform grains, stok grains and supply the local market. These were capacity lost and regained in 2019.
The evaluation of these projects is an essential tool for growth. Using a participatory process, the Lambi Fund has evaluated the projects to assure lessons learned are shared; The management of organizations improved based on the learning experience and the improvement procedures are incorporated in the practices of the farmers involved.
. The Lambi Fund supported 9 credit fund with an average of 50 persons each starting or restarting their small business in a country where unemployment is over 50%. This is their only chance of getting a loan at 2% interest to create self-employment. Community members started 320,000 seedlings to improve reforestation. We make a step forward everyday in a country where beating the odds can be challenging.
On this 2019 that begins the 25th year of a long term committment, a true engagement between rural farmers and the Lambi Fund of Haiti and the silent partners that you have been. You have supported this committment for 9 years since we set this goal to help us produce sustainable infrasructures like mills, revenue producing individual enterprises and agro related activities that take people step by step further from poverty, closer to food security for their communities, animal husbandry that help with saving for future endeavors and meeting basic family needs..
379 of you gave 591 donations has taken us close to meeting our goals. We are $285.00 away thanks to all of you 379 persons who made this choice among so many people striving to change our world. You are indeed a change agent.
Your generosity has marked lives that you have never seen but have surely touched.
We joined together to thank you and to let you know that our mission is vibrant and relevant. The Lambi Fund will continue to move forward in its partnership with rural Haitian farmers. We look toward to building a home office and training space that will help us lower cost of operations over time as we build the capacity of the Lambi Fund.
We will uphold the principles of bottom up projects, build the voice of the partners through training and education; do economic development with full involvement of the beneficiaries in the decision making through grass root organizations.
Thanks a Bunch and hope you continue to travel with us on a most exciting and complicated journey to greater dimensions of freedom.
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