Flooding in Haiti from Sandy (photo by EFE)
Typically, the Lambi Fund of Haiti uses these project updates and an opportunity to highlight progress on specific projects and how your support is working to move Haiti forward. Setbacks in this type of work are inherent though and hardworking Haitians have been dealt a very harsh blow by Hurricane Sandy.
As I am sure many of you are all too aware, Hurricane Sandy tore through the Caribbean and then continued onto the Eastern Coast of the United States wrecking incalculable damage. In Southern Haiti, it rained unrelentingly for four days straight. In a country riddled with severe environmental degradation and soil erosion, the flooding was severe. Initial reports from our project partners in the area are speculating that famers lost over 90% of their crops and livestock. Homes were destroyed and roads were washed out. For a nation already struggling to feed itself, this news is just devastating and the country is now facing a severe food crisis. On top of that, Haiti's already meager water and sanitation infrastructure is severely strained. The excess of flooding and standing water is escalating fears of a spike in cholera infections and other water-born diseases.
As such, the Lambi Fund of Haiti is working hand-in-hand with community organizations throughout rural Haiti to aid in recovery efforts. Seeds, tools and fertilizers are being provided to farmers so that they can quickly replant crops, community credit funds are being replenished, livestock replaced and much more. Building latrines throughout the region will be a critical part of recovery efforts.
It is setbacks like these that make our work in Haiti heartbreaking and trying at times, but in witnessing the unbreakable spirit of hard-working Haitians, we continue to move forward. Please consider supporting Lambi Fund’s Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts which are urgently working to fight the looming food crisis in Haiti and help get families back on their feet.
Mesi ampil and our thoughts are with the thousands of families in the Caribbean and across the U.S. who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. May your recovery be swift.