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Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti

by Lambi Fund of Haiti Vetted since 2008 Top Ranked
Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti
Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti
Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti
Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti
Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti
Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti

   Since the earthquake of 2012 the Lambi Fund has been focused in rebuilding for long term impact in communities in rural areas with minimal infrastructure and inadequate planning.  The lack of integrated multi sectorial plans to address the needs of the remote communities with which we are working in partnership is relatively non existent. It has been both a learning experience, and a challenge to obtain sustainability and achieve capacity building in meaningful and continuous success.  We have encountered barriers and conditions that require constant attention and flexibility to improve skills and local capacity so as to make a difference.

A.  Climate changes shift best practices and forces redefinition of strategies

      There was a time not less than 10 years ago that we could predict harvest timing and relatively plan a year of agricultural production among hard working rural farmers.  The shifts in timing and unexpected weather patterns have altered these strategies and made best practices unreliable.  In many ways we are redefining the methodologies and creating other options to assure production. Yet the lack of national resources and support makes it a challenge to make ajustments.  Compounding the problem is the state of the environment in Haiti.  As we progress in reforestation, we can have a visual in many of the communities touched; yet a national plan is still the intensifying factor that can help the wave of the climactic shifts occuring today.  We remain hopeful because these communities constantly are opting to work together, identify a critical issue and present a strategy that Lambi Fund supports in partnership to resolve the identified issue.

B.  Migration Patterns

      The migration from rural areas to some of the coastal cities and the capital is a threat to agriculturally relevant activities because it adds to a lack of food security.  Primary and secondary migration adds to woeful neglect of the agricultural sector in the rural areas resulting in the greatest barrier to long term rebuilding efforts. There needs to be more actionable projects to combat this detrimental issue that may lead to less food production and more expensive imports in the near future.  A cultural and dialogue shift from "priority in word" to "priority with implementation and measurable results"  must be embraced by all sector and issure a Private Public Partnership (PPP) to make a difference.

C.  Revenues and agro related production

     As previously discussed, migration and climatic change impact rural communities.  The reduction of revenue associated with family plot production is symbiotic and generates more food insecurity.  Finding alternatives (cistern for water retention) (identifyings critical geo center for sustainable communities) and supporting activities (grain storage for example) can provide new approaches to overcome the impact and support the population.  A PPP is in order to make sustainable and critical shifts in outcome.

D.  Partnership and development 

The work of partners coupled with local activities identified by local partners is critical to support economic development and its impact on communities int he rural area.  Yet the impact for urban cities cannot be ignored as rural haitian motivators say in their motivational singing  "without us, cities wont be fed" (san peyizan yo pa manje). 

As we continue to work, we acknowledge the long term support. Over these year you have remained committed in solidarity with us to find some solutions based on the experience that we share to make a difference.  Although it is a slow cumulative process, we are making a difference. Rural peasants, farmers and the Lambi Fund thank you for your faithfullness and your support.

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building nurseries for reforrestation in Haiti
building nurseries for reforrestation in Haiti

The contribution to longterm rebuilding in Haiti, after the eartquake, was ccentered on building shelter, provide water, feeding people who were under tents.  Unfortunately there are still a few thousands of person who are still living under a tent.  What was a temporary situation has become a permanent one.  A s we work mostly in agriculture, food security and skills development, we are very aware that the environment namely reforrestation in Haiti is a priority indeed.  Surviving to rebuild longterm means that the environment that support our food production, our shelter from the natural elements is a major priority as we assess haiti's level of erosion, draining of the soil must be addressed to aarrive at the goalof long term rebuilding and rekindle hope among the most affected people by the devastating earthquake.

Towards this goal, the Lambi fund has been involved in reforresting in partnership with rural farmers whose lives continue to be impacted and whose vision is longterm rebuilding. In 2018 the hope is invested in the planting of 406,000 of trees.  Here is a profile of each of our partners and their set goals.  As we move through the midyear, we are on target having seeded 65% of our goal for 2018.

Organizations    Type of project   Schedule production  Production to date 

 AFTA                 Credit                         20,000                          15, 397    

COPADET          Oxplow-credit fund        20,000                           11,321

SADN                 Reforestation               40,000                           26,000

KOKAP               Coffee and Cacao       120,000                          60,000

APTK                  Reforestation               60,000                           40,000 

KPM                   Reforestation                60,000                          65,000

OPDERGM          Credit Fund                 20,000                           16,020

OPGDSC            Mango Production        66,000                            30,725                 

TOTAL                                                 406,000                          264,463

 

 Without a healthier environment there is no hope for food security in Haiti,  The partnership between rural farmers and the Lambi Fund envision a remedy in the conditions of the environment to make a difference as we move toward long term building in Haiti.

We could not complete these nurseries without your support. Thank you so much for your commitment and your generous giving,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OPBC members working  during planting season
OPBC members working during planting season

We are mid-way through 2018 and so far, the goal to complete 38 projects by the end of the year is well underway. The current work of the Lambi Fund is entrenched in maximizing the production of food and increase the level of revenue producing activities to decrease the level of poverty and improve food security in Haiti. These are long-term building goals for partners in Haiti and as previously stated, this path begins by providing its citizens with the proper tools to determine their future. We take pride in knowing that all of our partners are being given those tools to have that opportunity for themselves, their families, and community.

The 2018 Lambi Fund portfolio contains the following projects:

1) Animal husbandry- 7 Goat breeding

2) Sustainable agriculture- 5 Ox-plowing; 3 mills; 1 mango production; 1 coffee production; and 1 CPP legumes production

3) Environment- 4 production totaling 240,000 trees

4) Alternative Economy- 8 micro-loans for women and 8 credits for planters.

Each project improves partners’ livelihoods and income. Below is a breakdown of how the projects promote long-term building and the number of lives that benefit from those projects

  • Animal Husbandry- goat breeding projects allows partners to gain income and economic versatility. Owning a goat is an asset in Haiti. The goat can be used as a food source such as milk, cheese, and meat for personal use or sold. When the goats begin to have offspring, those can be sold or used to grow the partners’ food source enterprise.
  • Sustainable agriculture are projects that encompass ox-plowing, mills and fruit and vegetable production. Using an ox-plow allows faster preparation of land for planting resulting in crop yields to increase and overall improve food security. Mills allow partners to transform their cereal to edible grain that is eventually sold at local markets providing food to the local population at a cheaper price then imports. Fruit and vegetable production is another means to provide goods to the local population at a cheaper price and increasing food security.
  • Environment project specifically planting trees helps recover the depleted Haitian terrain for current and future generations. Haiti is still considered the most deforested country in the western hemisphere. Planting trees not only improves the land and soil to assist farmers with planting, but it also prevents natural disaster like land/mud-slides from occurring. Trees are a needed natural resource that allows life to flourish.
  • Alternative economy in terms of micro-loans for women, it allows partners to establish other sources of income increasing their revenue stream. Small enterprises help stabilize families and brings in much needed income to reduce poverty. The credit loan programs for planters provides partners to borrow money at a fair interest rate so that they can buy the seeds, tools, or other items needed for successful crops. The added money to increase crop production improves partners’ ability to sell more goods and increases food security.

Please see attachment (pdf):  2018 List of Direct Beneficiaries of Projects 

As you can see, thousands of lives are touched by each project and the long-term benefits of such programs allows families and communities to thrive. We are so grateful for your continued support and ask you to share our projects and share our continued vision for 2018.

KAPKAK seedlings ready to be planted
KAPKAK seedlings ready to be planted
OPDTM members caring for their goats
OPDTM members caring for their goats

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list of project in need of support
list of project in need of support

Often the major component of the Hurricane that is visible, concerning and emotionally compelling is the stark destruction of nature in the first days of the event.  In the aquamarine blue of the tropical coast of carribean countries, it is difficult to maintain a relative understanding of the long-term aspect of the process of an adequate response.  Beyond the urgency to save lives, recovering livelihood, there is also rehabilitationGoing back to where the people's operations, land, environment was before the disaster. With a dynamic media with more gust for trivia, we lose sight of so much. For countries like Haiti in the thrust of the natural events like earthquake and hurricane, storms, they take a serious step back in every aspect especially that of survival and development..

Long term building was redefined when the earthquake hit in 2010.  However, since the earthquake, Haiti has suffered many other  hurricanes like Sandy, Mathews, Maria that further destroyed the land, reduce the housing stock, increase lost of property and increase poverty. 

We have created a partnership that is facilitating our long-term rebuilding objectives.  The W. K. Kellogg Foundation join in partnership to enhance revenue producing activities in a region of the South Department where we have 21 projects distressed by hurricanes from 2016 and still in disrepair.  This new partnership gives the Lambi fund the opportunity to operationalize 9 projects and recover their revenue activities to :

  • return them to the previous level of activity lost two years before in 2016.
  • decreasing  level of poverty in the area
  • Improving production of food and transformation of goods
  • increasing grain storage capacity in the area.

The following organizations with a membership of  1241 (1241 familieswith an average of four children for a total of 4964 lives touched) will increase their production capacities as indicated below:

  • Union des Planteurs pour le development de PICO (UPLADEP) for grain storage and Ox-plowing capacity
  • An Chanje Lakay Pa n (ACHLAP), Mouvman Fratenite Major (MFM), TKL Romero, Movement Peyizan Lafrezilye (MPL), Oganizasyon Peyizan Bercy Kloma (OPBK)  for  Ox-plowing
  • Oganizasyon Peyizan pou devlopman Twa Mango (OPDTM) for animal Husbandry goat breeding
  • Koordinasyon Peyisan Mak (KPM) for environment, reforrestation
  • Oganizasyon pou devlopman Robert (ODRO) for milling rice

It is your donation that has enabled the Lambi Fund to provide the training and the administrative support needed to realize the goal of improving those organizations, these ffamilies and these communities.

THANK YOU for helping us have a successful journey to fuly recover from the storms.

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transform the grain and feed the people
transform the grain and feed the people

For 23 years, Lambi has made it its goal to help strengthen civil society in Haiti as a necessary foundation for democracy and development. This goal has translated into providing life-giving water to communities via cisterns, sustainable livelihoods to partners through community projects, and ensuring lush fertile land for future generations by way of environmental projects. Our partners are the catalyst to the long- term building in Haiti. From the launching to the evaluation portion of each two year project, partner organizations participate in every aspect. This bottom-up approach allows them to carve their own futures through the projects and accompanying trainings.

As 2017 comes to an end, it marks another busy and successful year to improve lives. Our overall 2017 portfolio comprised of 28 projects. The portfolio includes 21 projects that must be rehabilitated due to Hurricane Matthew’s destruction. Currently 16 of the 21 have been launched. Aside from those projects being rehabilitated, Lambi launched and is monitoring 12 other projects for 2017. In the Artibonite region, Lambi has 2 community micro-credit projects, 1 goat breeding project, and 4 environmental projects consisting of planting fruit and forest trees, establishing a mill for rice transformation, and production of plantains. In the South, Lambi has 4 community micro-credit projects and 1 environmental project comprised of planting trees. Every project includes trainings for partners.  

Looking ahead, our partners still need assistance to return to a sense of normalcy post-Hurricane Matthew. Our priority is to rebuild the following:  3 mills, 7 ox-plowing services, 5 nurseries, 2 goat breeding projects and 4 community funds. The path to long-term building in Haiti begins with providing its citizens with the proper tools to determine their future and here at Lambi we take pride in knowing that all of our partners have that opportunity. This opportunity would be impossible without generous supporters who donate to our various projects. This act in itself adds to long-term building in Haiti and we hope that you will continue to support us.

building is a family and community affair
building is a family and community affair
AFTA women conserve for tomorrow in local markets
AFTA women conserve for tomorrow in local markets
nurseries initiated
nurseries initiated

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Lambi Fund of Haiti

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.lambifund.org
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Project Leader:
Marie Marthe Saint Cyr
Executive Director
Washington, DC Haiti
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