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“I was so proud to be a member of a strong organization, and I really deeply understood why being organized is a path to a better life.”

Its time for yet another newsletter chock-full of stories from Lambi Fund’s partners in Haiti. While the majority of these stories detail triumphs in earthquake relief and how organizations are working together to rebuild Haiti, Lambi Fund would like to take a moment to update you on the cholera outbreak sweeping the country.

This deadly infection strikes fast – over 1,000 have died and now that it has reached the capitol, the death toll is sure to rise.

These are heartbreaking circumstances for a country that has already faced an unimaginable year of hardships. Many of Lambi Fund’s grassroots partners in the Artibonite Valley, where the first cases of cholera were reported, have lost dear friends, family, and loved ones. Needless to say, this is indeed a very serious and stressful situation – Lambi Fund would like to extend our solidarity and condolences to our staff members, colleagues, and partner organizations during this difficult time.

If you would like to support Lambi Fund’s efforts to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to the people of Haiti, please lend your support now.

Thank you and enjoy the newsletter!

Haitian Farmers Report: “The Lambi Fund Saves Lives!”
By: Leonie Hermantin
In an effort to assess the lingering impact of the January 12, 2010 earthquake on Haiti’s rural communities, the Lambi Fund of Haiti’s team of staff and board members embarked on a fact finding journey which took them to the departments of the Artibonite and Northwest.

Post-earthquake statistics indicate that over 600,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) left Port-au-Prince and migrated en masse to Haiti’s provinces with the great majority heading for the Artibonite, the North and the Northwest.

The First stop in an itinerary that took us from Port-au-Prince to Haiti’s most Northwestern town, Mole St. Nicholas, was at the Center for Plantain Propagation….Read More.

Strong Women Build Sustainable Communities
By: Sarah Leavitt
A powerful women’s movement, which today is more than 4,000 women strong was founded over 20 years ago in June 1986. This dynamic group, the Coordination of Women from Tet Kole- North West (KFTK-NW), is located in Haiti’s Northwestern penisula and is comprised of 600 groups of women of about 5 to 15 members each scattered throughout the region.

In addition, KFTK-NW is also affiliated with one of Haiti’s largest peasant organizations- Tet Kole ti Peyisan Ayisen (TKPA) also founded in June 1986.

Women formed this coalition to create an avenue for women to discuss problems specific to women and to develop strategies to resolve these problems….Read More.

PROJECT UPDATE:
Center for Plantain Propagation
The Center for Plantain Propagation (CPP) has just moved into its third phase with a landmark grant from Lambi Fund for $53,000. For over four years, the center has been a training space for community organizations to learn plantain cultivation using the cutting edge PIF method and to purchase healthy plantain trees.

Since plantain trees never form seeds, they cannot self-produce. Thereby it’s an absolute necessity that farmers learn an effective way to manually cultivate plantain trees. The PIF method ensures farmers have a reliable source of new plantains to plant from season to season…Read More.

WHY WE GIVE
Paddling for Haiti
In early Fall, a team of eight adventurous canoeists set out to paddle the Mississippi River – all 2,320 miles of it from Lake Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. This ambitious team calls themselves ‘Paddle to Haiti’ and hopes to canoe the Mississippi River in the course of nearly three months and raise $50,000 for Lambi Fund to support earthquake reconstruction in Haiti.

Read more about their journey here.

Table of Contents
MEMBER PROFILE
WOMENS UPDATE
IN THE NEWS
FIELD REPORT
BUILDING STRONG COMMUNITIES
PROJECT UPDATE
WHY WE GIVE

Quick Links
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MEMBER PROFILE
Menira Jean- Baptiste
Son of KFTK-NW member
Menira Jean-Baptiste, age 15, is the son of KFTK-NW member Yvenesse Etienne. Menira is an 8th grade student at a local school in Northwest Haiti. He loves to study, play soccer and explore the neighboring hills with his friends.

Since he is the oldest son in a family of six children, Menira holds important responsibilities at home. He helps his family get the water they need to cook and bathe and has also been charged by his mother with helping process the corn she cultivates in the family plot….Read More.

UPDATE:
Continued Support for Women’s Groups in Port-au-Prince
It has been over nine months since January’s earthquake sent Haiti reeling. Aid and rebuilding have been painfully slow as international agencies and Haiti’s crippled government have struggled to provide effective relief for more than 1 million Haitians who lost their homes in the earthquake.

Two women’s groups KOFAVIV (The Coordination of Women Victims of Violence) and FAMAB (The Organization of Brave Women) are living in the heart of this chaos – striving to survive in the tent cities….See How Lambi Fund is Helping.

IN THE NEWS

Lambi Fund Speaks at Human Rights Conference

In July, Lambi Fund of Haiti Board President, Marie Marthe St. Cyr spoke at the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) conference held in New York City and introduced the US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor- Mr. Michael Posner.

Lambi Fund Speaks at UN Foundation

Deputy Director, Leonie Hermantin, spoke at the United Nations Foundation and Women Donors Network to discuss “Haitian Women & Girls: Building a New Future of Equality” in September. This provided an important opportunity to demonstrate support for women’s programs in rebuilding Haiti.

A Very Big Thank You!

Lambi Fund would like to extend our warmest gratitude to Julie Meyer and Nadege Clitandre- two board members who have recently rotated off the Lambi Fund Board of Directors. We are deeply appreciative of both Julie and Nadege’s dedicated commitment throughout the years. Mesi Anpil!

Your support can help bring projects like these to life.

Plant a Tree, Offset Your Carbon!
Being carbon neutral has never been so easy! Simply use Lambi Fund’s Carbon Calculator to figure out your carbon footprint. One ton of CO2 is offset by planting one tree in Haiti. Each tree is $22. Why so much for one tree you ask? $22 provides all of the seeds, tools, and training necessary to ensure that a tree sapling reaches a sustainable level. So rest easy knowing every tree purchased reaches its oxygen loving, CO2 absorbing potential!

Sell Goods on eBay and Do Good.
Need to clean out the garage? Been meaning to sell that old set of skis? Now any item you list on eBay can benefit Lambi Fund! Simply visit eBay Giving Works. From there, you can decide to donate anywhere from 10-100% of your profits from items sold on eBay. Earning a little cash and supporting grassroots organizations in Haiti- now that’s an idea!

http://www.lambifund.org
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3 responses to this post.

  1. Melange of Cultures's Blog…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

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  2. Hi,

    We just saw this post, and we just want to reach out to thank for talking about eBay Giving Works in your blog! We are always thrilled to see people writing about the great ways to support charity on eBay and we want to encourage you to continue promoting The Lambi Fund of Haiti through eBay Giving Works. There are different ways to raise funds through eBay Giving Works that you might want to check out. You can browse listings that support your favorite nonprofit, sell and donate 10%-100% of your sale to a nonprofit, or save nonprofits as your favorite so you can give at checkout all year round! We highly recommend that you link the “About My Nonprofit” page of the Lambi Fund of Haiti in your blog, as well as tell other supporters to save The Lambi Fund of Haiti as their favorite nonprofit so they can give $1 (or more) every time they make a purchase on eBay using PayPal. Don’t forget to visit our site regularly to check for exciting auctions that benefit charity, too. Blogging about the cause, as well as the auctions can definitely help The Lambi Fund of Haiti raise more funds, and fulfill its mission.

    Again, thank you so much for writing about eBay Giving Works in your blog! We are so happy that you’re with us in supporting this cause!

    -From your friends at MissionFish and eBay Giving Works 🙂

    Reply

  3. Friends of MissionFish,

    I am so honored to post this information on my blog. Thanks for you r kind words.
    Nicole Weaver

    Reply

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