Since the earthquake last year, Lambi has provided $90,000 USD (8,730,000 Haitian gourdes @ 97HTG/$1 USD) to small farmers and women-led projects to help them resume their economic activities.These funds allowed the small farmers to resume production of fast-growing crops (some of which have already matured and harvested) and assisted women-led organizations in replacing merchandise that was lost during the earthquake. A total of 478 members of grassroots organizations have benefitted from this program: 352 farmers and 126 women from organizations across the rural south.
As a result of the earthquake, several organizations had irrigation systems and potable water systems damaged. There have been many difficulties in these areas for organization members to get potable water.Members usually walk more than 1 hour to find water from 2-3 sources that have been channeled in the areas. At times, there is a lot of fighting at these locations because the people are desperate to get water to bring back to their families.
Lambi Fund’s Regional Monitors sat down with several of those organizations who were victims of the earthquake in Okay. The goal was set to provide water towers for the organizations that were most severely affected by this problem, as this system was the most expedient to implement and most cost-effective at that time.These towers collect rain water to be filtered for drinking and everyday use. Since Lambi did not have enough funds to dedicate to this project to each organization, the monitors chose only 2 among them to have benefit for a total cost of $30,000 for 20 water towers.The 2 organizations were RPP and AFGDL.RPP was provided with 12 water towers and AFGDL 8.Each water tower holds 1000 gallons each.More than 300 members of the 2 organizations will have access to the water from the towers. Some of the towers are already in place today and are currenlty collecting rain water. The installation of the water towers is nearly completed.
In addition, $22,500 USD has been awarded to 9 organizations to help their members with the reconstruction/reparation of their homes.The plans are underway and will be completed in early March.
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