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Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!

by Lambi Fund of Haiti
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Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Let's Plant Trees in Haiti, Together!
Tending tree nursery
Tending tree nursery

Lambi Fund helps community organizations with two types of tree planting projects:

1) Projects whose main focus is another area such as ox plowing, grain mills, micro-credit or goat breeding are required to implement a small project planting 20,000 tree seedlings for reforestation.

2) Large scale tree planting projects whose main focus is the operation of a tree nursery and planting 40,000 to 200,000 trees. Coffee and Cacao require shade trees so reforestation is also a major component of those sustainable development projects. And some organizations are raising fruit trees, such as mango or plantains, for food and those are major tree projects where the trees are not raised to reforest areas but to feed people. 

To illustrate, below is a chart that displays both types of projects and their anticipated number of tree seedlings planted:

Project                              # Seedlings

Micro-credit for women     20,000 

Ox-Plowing                       20,000

Reforestation                     40,000 

Coffee and cacao.           120,000 

Reforestation                    60,000 

Reforestation                    40,000 

Micro-credit for women   20,000

Mango trees                    60,000 

Mango by  grafting          6,000 

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The organizations Lambi funded had concrete goals to plant 438,000 new trees over a period of 24 months. Over the past 15 months, farmers and community dwellers have seeded 316,482 trees of many species, comprising 65.1% of the goal. The remaining production of 34.9% will be part of the focus for the current participant partners.  In addition 2019 projects will be added to the projected goal for 2020 as they are approved and initiated.  During these seasons over a 26,000 km2 of land, we have experienced drought and rainfall sometimes so excessive to create flooding. This year we lost 4.2% of the new seedlings due to lack of rainwater and drought.  The example of KOKAP (Koordinasyon Kafe aK Kakao) was one that shows the challenges and the creative strategy of the farmers in order to survive.   

Going to Petit Trou de Nippes was a long day travel starting at 7 in the morning.  Once off the main route, we traveled miles in a bus on a winding path that barely fit two cars. We crossed rivers to avoid deep ravines. We barely made it climbing one major hill in a river crossing.  A motorcycle came by and honked. We stopped and there in the front of the driver was our spare tire.  The spare had falling in the river and we were embarking on the road unknowingly.  How grateful we were to the moto driver.  After a two hour slow ride on the bus, we arrived and met the members of KOKAP.  In their elaborate reception, they shared about the project, their excitement and their work.  We began walking down the roadand turned right into a tiny pathway. Going down was staggering but landing down next to the bed of the river we saw the many seedlings growing. "Why there?" I asked.  

"We can always get water," one member said.  There were drums filled with water by the volunteers who not only made sure that the drums were full but they fetched the water and followed a schedule to water the pants. There were literally thousands of cacao trees sprouting and growing.  It was clear that the community cared and will assure the growth and regeneration of the cacao.  This year the focus is on the coffee trees.  Many members are active in the monitoring and assuring the strategic placement of each tree within selected areas to protect water source, improve green coverage and assuring the continuation of species specific to their localities.  

Through this visit, board and staff are well versed on the efforts that the community invested in reforesting and caring to make their community green again.  We hope the model of collaboration and cooperation is one that is viewed and adopted broadly in Haiti for more reforestation nationwide.

The changes in climate are continuing to impact with unprecedented winds, rain and changing periods for planting.  We realized we are learning along with our partners as we improve awareness in our trainings and education sessions and regional trainings. The continued dialogue between monitors, agriculturist and the board of the Lambi Fund is an important aspect of our continued growth.  All board members attended the meeting and partook in the visit to KOKAP.

The nurseries have produced both forest and fruit trees. The production of fruit trees is essentially a revenue producing and food provision activity.  This year the major focus has been in fruits, especially citrus such as orange, lemon and grapefruit Others planted include mango, avocado, papaya, chestnut, coffee and cacao, calabash, pine, white pine, cedar, and mahogany. 

For the last few years, citrus has suffered with insect diseases that has destroyed many trees.  There is an impetus among our partners to renew the citrus species especially lemon, sour lemon, limes and grapefruit that are part of the daily staple used in cooking and feeding in the country. 

 

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nursery of new seedling

Planting trees remain a priority year in and year out.  Assessing the need for reforrestation in Haiti has not changed.  For many communities however, the level of green is changing.  As per the south where Mathew destroyed the green cover, what a change we have seen with the returning of the green cover.

Currently the Lambi Fund has 8 active projects in the south of the Country with a goalof planting 486,000 new trees. The goal of each organization varies from 20,000 to 120,000.  Consider KPM, Kombit Peyizan Mak, who fell in love not only with the concept of reforrestationn but also with the changes it made in their community.  For one thing sharing the nursery experience with community dwellers raised considerabe awareness.  It is not unlikely for a youngster to see a growing orange tree and not take it,  wrap it and replant it where it would be protected till maturity.  They understand that every tree counts and they have responsibility to keep the community green.  

 KPM had a goal of planting 60,000 new trees.  At the end of their projected first year they produced       71,512 over 19% of their from 11 species of trees, familiar to the area.  They distributed a total of 31,446 new seedlings ready for transfering to their permanent location; and  24,543 last December.  91 members of the organization and other community members benefited. They encountered a period of time off drought where rain was scarse and they lost nearly 32% of the new plants.  As the weather conditions changed, a new set goal of producing 40,000 trees was envisioned.  The mobilization has started to prepare the seedling bags.  There are 17,500 ready to be seeded.  the goal is to seed 2000 mahogany  and two pound of coffee to germinate.  As of today, 143 small coffee trees are already in seedling forms.  By the end of May all the seedlings would have been planted.

KPM is one of the 8 projects that will continue to evolve with the hope that we will see greater greener both i forest ans fruit trees serving the purpose of improved lives in Haiti.

Thank you so much for being an active part of the change we live everyday.  Thanks for your help and your support.   

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Greetings,

We are experiencing a great silence on the conditions of the population in Haiti, rural and urban.  That is since February 7th when the people seem to  have decide to march by the Thousands accross the country bringing Haiti litteraly to a halt.  

You might be thinking what does that have to do with planting trees?  Often we are walking miles, traveling with an all ground vehicle, motorcycle and then on foot, to get to the field to water the seedling; to gather the water from the river beyond.  Our partners who plant the seedlings and maintain them by the thousands leave their homes before the sun rise, as it breaks on the horizon line, before it blazes its heat.  They often fetch water or pump from the river if there is no rain. 

Our office has not opened in 7 days because the streets are blocked with rows of tires burning, blocking the main through ways.  People are calling are for change.  They are against corruption, gross neglect admnistration after administration with many claims but no deliverables. Haiti is at 60% unemployment with a rampant rate of inflation and those unable to make ends meet are at the end of their ropes.

The thousands of seedlings that are growing must be supported by watering, treating against vermine, moving to expected site for longterm growth.  They will not wait for the end of the protest!
Even with clear warning that no one should be doing anything in the streets except protesting, our partners does the most early morning trip to keep caring for their nurseries.  They cannot afford the lost of any potential trees even at the cost of  $.35 a seedling/tree.  As each one take the risk for a better tomorrow , we urge you to support the efforts to plant 300,000 new seedlings to growinto fruit and forest trees in farming communities during this 2019.

You have made this effort possible and we thank you for your continued participation.

https.//www.facebook.com/cnn/videos/1333627470110342/.  for more information on the protest

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Growing nurseries

Recent reports on climate change and observations in Haiti continue to  support our concerns for the environment.  Since 2016 the position of the Lambi Fund of Haiti has been three prong.  Even with our limited resources, we have maintained the environment as an essential priority, requiring:

 1.   Increased awareness of the role of the environment in our lives and our reponsibility to maintain the essential life resource for future generations

2.  Local contribution to add 20,000 trees for each project supported

3.  Developing nursery building skills in the respective communities served

The goal for 2018 was to plant 320,000 trees in the communities where projects are implemented.  As of this month of November, the profile of our reforrestation efforts is as follows:  

Organization    Type of project         projected                  planted                             Note   

1.  AFTA           Micro credit                    20,000                     15,397  
2.  COPADET    Ox-Plow                        20,000                     11,321                     impacted by drought
3. SADN           Reforestation                  40,000                    26,000 
4. KOKAP         Cafe and cocoa           120,000                      60,000
5. APTK            Reforestation                 60,000                     40,000
6.  KPM              Reforestation                60,000                     65,000
7. OPDERGM    Micro credit                   20,000                     16,020
8. OPGDSC       Mango                             60,000                    34,714

                                    Total                    320,000                      268,452                         

Our partners in the south and the latibonit region are at 83% of their production goal.  Copadet is the only organization that faced  months without rain.  They continue with their planting of trees in critical areas. 

Thank you so much for joining us to plant trees in Haiti, bringing greater awareness and with great hopes to change the course of reforestation in Haiti.

APTK's nursery
APTK's nursery

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Josette Perard
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