Contribute to Long-Term Rebuilding in Haiti

by Lambi Fund of Haiti
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Haiti prior to Hurricane Mathews
Haiti prior to Hurricane Mathews

In June 2016 when we approach Cayes, one of the major coastal cities in the south of Haiti.  As a haitian woman born in the land located in the heart of Hurricane Alley, all I saw  was a begining of hope as the mountains look green, the water posed in a deep blue as if beckoning anyone to dare change its peaceful demeanor.  Yet today, we seem to have made a full turn where the land seems scorched, the trees bare, the leaves still dark from the swiftness of 145 miles per hour wind that swept the region on October 4, 2016.  For 16 hours, 1000 lives was shattered, over 1.5 millions rendered homeless and the damage estimated at 2 billion dollars. 

Long term rebuilding efforts were just redefined. Every small step from the last five years after the earthquake was lost in the south and northwest of the country.  As discouraging as it may appear over 9 million persons must build again and with resistance, resilience and courage, face the next harvest and the next season of rain.

In the defining stage of solutions, the Lambi Fund and 24 organizations of its rural farming partners came together and prioritize the cultivation of land as a first necessary activity to get farmers back to work.  In a "Konbit" format, 1500 will together till some 3222 "kawo" of land to start planting food products that will be harvested in the span of three months. That can include but not limited to: beans, corn, eggplant, tomatoes, calalou etc.  so when the food relief stop in the next months, there will be local food accessible, affordable hopefully.  

The people affected have the least resources to depend on imported food. So cultivating the land and producing food will serve the community at large.  It will create, really restore farmers to work;  it will serve to stimulate the local market; it will impact food security in a positive way and will protect the land from further erosion.  

This response is far from being the only solution but it is a begining to revitalize the long term needs of the farmers in the south.  We hope you will weigh in with your support and your engagement for the longterm.

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house after hurricane Mathews
house after hurricane Mathews
land and trees destroyed
land and trees destroyed

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When 2015 closed, Lambi had completed 7 sustainable agricultural and economic developent projects in rural areas in the Artibonite and southern regions; with an additional 18 in process.  Our projects run 24 months.   WIth high unemployment climbing above 40%, the urgency to establish sustainable revenue producing projects cannot be overstated. Towards this end, the  Lambi Fund supported 6 community Credit funds. The credit funds benefitted 619 individuals that comprised of 510 women developing small enterprises and 109 men whose loans were dedicated to expanding their farming especially ox-plowing services. 

Loans are given at a fixed interest rate of 2% with the return expected in six months.  The community credit has been successful at a return rate that ranges between 90-100% at the exception of Oganization Peyizan Boular (OPB), whose rate of reimbursement is at 60%.  OBP has a fund for planters who have lost three harvests in less than two years and were unable to reimburse their loans due to lack of revenue.  The organization, lender, reached a strategic solution with the group of planters.  They renegotiated the loan to extend for a year.  The repayment process is dated beyond the next harvest at the same fixed rate of 2%.  The lambi Fund has assisted organization investing in the local agricultural production as well as the local retail market with an infusion of 2,925,000 HDG (Haitian gourdes); that has generated revenue of 296,000(HDG) to the organization members that is re-loaned to other members.  The total fund value for the current year is 3,221,000.00(HDG). The credit fund benefitted 619 individuals.

The alternative economy projects are very visible due their revenue producing nature.  We also see the high level of  interest  from community dwellers to join these organizations.  In the last evaluation of the revenue producing projects, beneficiaries noted their improved ability to send children to school, to diversify their retails due to needs in the time periods.  For example many women who sell clothing or soap, toiletries or cooked food, invest in school supplies in September to prepare for school entry and boost their daily retail activities.  Organizations reported building additional internal structures to monitor not only the interest for membership but also establishing processes to vet new members.  One strategy is recommendation from members and a long term service prior to eligibility for loan. 

 This is one more way we can improve Haiti.  You have made it possible.

Join us and with your contribution and help us rebuild Haiti.

We thank you for joining us in our effort!

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The construction of cistern for the provision of water has been a long term strategy that allows the Lambi Fund of Haiti to contribute to the long term rebuilding in Haiti.

The construction of cisterns in partnership with organizations in rural areas has been named "The Deliverance" translated from the Kreyol "La delivrans" by the farmers themselves.  Addressing the broader issue of provision of water is a national responsibility but the distance between the farmer's needs and the level of involvement is far from being adequate. 

Working with farmers water is essential.  The Lambi Fund in its strategy has selected the construction of cisterns to build the capacity of organizations to be more efficient in obtaining water for multiple use.  Along with capting water, treating water assure the quality of water for consumption.  Lambi Fund has developped a partnership with locol organizations that acknowledge their contributions of land  for the community construction and their labor for the actual building of the cistern on site.  Lambi has built 53 in  the Artibonite Region, 10 in the south 45 in the nordwest region and one sistern in each of the 4 mills in the Artibonite region as well.We added 112 cisterns that holds a total of 504,000 gallons of water for daily use.

In some of the northwest localities, the cisterns are the only source of water that the peasants have.  There is very limited access to water in their immediate surrounding.  They were walking many kilometers a day to seek a water source prior to the cistern project.  Lambi Fund  provides an accompanying training on the treatment of the water as well and how to collect rain water.  

The construction of the water cisterns are done in cooperation with Plan Consult, a firm of engineers who specializes in such constructions. This partnership has been established over the years and it allows for the local people to have substantial participation in the collection of material, mixing mortar, and building the walls of the cisterns.  It is a field of training and it leaves behind skills necessary to provide maintenance and repair if and when needed.  

What has been the results of this long term strategy?  The multiple outcome and impact is of enormous importance to the localities benefitting:  a.  Provision of potable water for thousands; b.  Reduction of gastrointestinal diseases among infants;  c. Girls ability to attend school longer since they are not fetching water                                                         

The provision of  water is an essential component of our work and we acknowledge the need to scale up in these activities to continue to respond to a pressing need.  In the recent years, access to water is exacerbated by long drought we are experiencing as a result of climatic events and changes that is evidenced in the environment in Haiti.  We need your continued support to carry on our efforts to meet the constant demand that we receive.  Thank you for your support in providing a life source to the rural people of Haiti.

We could not do it without your assistance and your help.

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Training community organization members
Training community organization members

A major event compelled a major shift and greater effort in meeting the needs of a defined constituency.  The earthquake increased the gap in services due to the magnitude of destruction it left behind.  For the last five years, Lambi Fund has expanded its project with great focus on the environment, micro enterprises for women and farmers; increasing training building needed skills in management and specialty needs like mill mechanics, animal handlers and veterinary technicians. 

During 2015 Lambi Fund increased the training capacity of 23 farming community organizations in rural Haiti. 192 members (113 men and 79 women) in 6 projects on animal husbandry, received management training as well as animal care with a veterinarian.  The training last 5 days for the animal care hands on and the management component lasted 2 days4 projects that focused on community loan fund receivedto manage contracts, accounting for loan management and credit portfolio management. 3 out of 3 organizions were women focused and women led.  Trainees numbered 161 of which 15 men and 146 women.  The four sustainable agriculture project trained 139 persons (110 women 29 men) in transformation of fruits and Oxplowing.  The overwheming majority of women are involved in transformation of fruits.  The environment is a major priority and with donor partnership we were able to provide nursery techniques training for 214 persons (114 men and 100 women). 

When Lambi Fund assesses the number of organizations that are functioning over the last 22 years, each trained individual becomes an asset to the community and contributes to its growth.

Without your support it would not be possible.  We join together to echo our thanks.

Trainings hands on
Trainings hands on

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Asking for justice for rural Haiti
Asking for justice for rural Haiti

We are making progress as we undergird our economic development projects with advocacy and voicing the need for equity, parity and justice.  Rebuilding Haiti is not only focusing on re-establishing, schools for education,  housing post eartquake, nor is it provision of water and basic necessities for health, welfare. It is also looking at strategies that will impact life conditions with systemic changes. 

If we have in concert made a valid choice this year,  it is to redouble our efforts for civic education and expand our work on empowerment and advocacy through networking and seeking justice for all people in haiti.  Indeed this is the foundational that is needed for rebuilding in Haiti an institution of justice to uphold the rights of all its people to be treated with dignity and respect.  

Climate change is already a deadly reality in Haiti. Grassroots groups in Haiti are reporting a 7-month drought. Two seasons’ crops have been lost in many parts of the country. While droughts have been a fact of life in the past, researchers have noted a steady decrease in rainfall for each of the past twenty years. And climate change is directly connected to the destructiveness of extreme weather events, like hurricanes.  So the good projects that Lambi empowered our partners to complete are all under threat, said Mark Schuller, Chair of the board of Lambi Fund.

 For these reasons and others, this year Lambi has committed ourselves to reinvigorate the civic education part of our mission. When celebrating our 20 years last year, local partners asked for our support in creating regional networks. We have begun this process of making these connections, to empower grassroots groups to build common ground and a platform. We have supported the regional networks with increasing Civic Education trainings in the South and Artibonite. Combined with continued local development support, this platform will help Haitian grassroots leaders articulate and build a new Haitian society, changing the dynamic between the government and the world economy.  

We are enabled with your support and generosity as you also in your localities become more aware that the world is uniting closer as these global changes ultimately impact everyone on this planet.  Thankyou for your trust, your dedication and your awareness.  You are making a difference in rural Haiti and we want to acknowledge it.  Thank you and have a great holiday Season.

listening and learning
listening and learning
Continue with the struggle for the people
Continue with the struggle for the people
 

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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
$87,800 raised of $100,000 goal
 
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