Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti

by Lambi Fund of Haiti Vetted since 2008 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
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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Joining hands to reflect on the changes
Joining hands to reflect on the changes

 Reconstruction is not automatic in Haiti,  As resources diminish, land demarcation shifted and coastal cities threatened due to rising sea level, responsible leadership and institutions must reassess strategic location of projects for maximum impact to improve survivability of the community. Such was the focus of our last gathering on July 24th of this year.  There is growing evidence of change occuring in the weather patterns, pluviosity and droughtThese patterns changes are affecting the number of harvest, the volume of production, thus food security and food sovereignty where over 70% of the population depends on small family plot to earn a living and secure the well being of an average family of four.  

As a small organization that has partnered with over 250 organizations with membership totaling over 10,000  families and having impacted the lives of more than 2 million Haitians. The Lambi Fund is making it  a priority to create an awareness campaign and reconsider the criteria for supporting infrastructure for agricultural growth, such as mills, canals for irrigation, reforresting areas to protect water beds.

Establishing this dialogue is the first step in mobilizing a network of the farmers/partners, an essential component to building a consensus on advocay and improved awareness and developping a shared strategy for an adequate response.

Hurricane Mathews was devastating to the South of Haiti.  8 months later, the amazing greening of the South and the soft lime green of the bourgeoning trunks of once devastated trees are signs of hope that we must come together to reduce the devastation that threathened us all.

Your participation in the work of the Lambi Fund has made it posible and we are thankful.                                                                                                                                                                                          

Mathew disturbing the environment
Mathew disturbing the environment
Coastal devastation
Coastal devastation
new leaves sprouting
new leaves sprouting

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Still moving trees,debris getting to food gardens
Still moving trees,debris getting to food gardens

Hurricane Mathews has placed the people of Haiti in a deficient position as we regressed in the environment due to the added ecological destruction it brought with burning winds and increased innondation, the harvest for a second planting season is threatened.  In an area already threatened with erosion and prone to natural disasers yearly.

Long term rebuilding brought to bear important reflection in the criteria considered for rebuilding.  The coastal area of the South is damaged beyond recogntion in some parts, we begin to ask the questions:

Can all the mills and gardens be restored

What are the risks of surviving another storm?  leading to the questions on standardization to  resist weather of this magnitude force? 

We have restarted three nurseries that lost all their plant productions (180,000 trees) but there is greater work to be done on collaboration with other organization to reforest and recover from the lost of so many trees.  The lost of so many trees resulted in increasing the vulnerability of the population to natural elements

The challenge is to redefine some of the criteria for project approval looking at options that will primarily increase resilience not only for the organization/applicant but for its community at large. Can we create a geographic demarkation for coastal organizations in coastal cities that are more vulnerable and thus are a "risky investments".  As we are moving towards the rehabilitation of 21 organizational projects, it becomes essential that we reconvene with our leaders and partners to reconisder the criteria and decide on issues of priority for rebuilding and making organization that are supported more resilient facing climate change.  We will also consider models for improved stored of grains and food in times of natural dissters.

We have supported over 2605 farmers to get back to their planting and some have harvested their first food since the Hurricane in October.  Thank you for making it possible. As we move forward, we continue to  need your help

 

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women working to produce local food for security
women working to produce local food for security
nurseries initiated
nurseries initiated

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Lambi Fund of Haiti

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