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.
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