Lambi Fund of Haiti Launches `After the Storms` Emergency Fund, Focuses on Rebuilding Sustainable Development Projects in Haiti
Released on: October 3, 2008, 10:46 pm
Press Release Author: Blueprint Creative Group
Industry: Non Profit
Press Release Summary: Lambi Fund’s “After the Storms” emergency fund will invest in and support rebuilding efforts that addresses food security, sustainable agriculture, reforestation, and community investments.
Press Release Body: MIAMI, FL, October 8, 2008 – Haiti’s recent hurricanes killed over 500 people, destroyed thousands of homes, and displaced a reported one million Haitians. Perhaps, more crippling to the local Haitian economy, the recent hurricanes also destroyed hundreds of peasant led projects supported by the Lambi Fund of Haiti, which provided food and income to thousands of families. Meanwhile, many of the Lambi Fund’s partner organizations also lost crops and livestock, including goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, and cows- all of which were a part of the non-profit organization’s sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry, and sustainable development programs that focused on self-sufficiency and economic empowerment of the Haitian people. The island nation also suffered contamination of its water supply and experienced significant tree damage. Consequently, in an effort to fund and support the rebuilding of peasant-led sustainable development projects destroyed by the hurricanes, the Lambi Fund of Haiti has launched the “After the Storms” emergency fund and will focus on helping the people of Haiti become self-sustaining as soon as possible.
In keeping with the Lambi Fund’s bottom up approach to development, the disaster relief and reconstruction model adheres to basic principles that rely on relief and reconstruction operations conducted within the context of sustainable development and self-sufficiency of the Haitian people. Through the “After the Storms” emergency fund, Lambi Fund of Haiti will aggressively support programs based on these basic principles. The non-profit’s community microcredit program will help members of peasant organizations buy food and other necessary items (not as a loan) vital to their rebuilding. Lambi Fund will recapitalize microenterprise funds run by peasant organizations so that its members can secure microenterprise loans to replenish and continue their small businesses. The non-profit will also purchase seeds and tools for the farming organizations whose crops were destroyed as well as purchase pigs, goats, and chickens for quick recapitalization of the livestock that was washed away from the storms. Furthermore, Lambi Fund will continue its reforestation project in partnership with the Green Belt Movement founded by Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, and continue planting trees as part of its one million trees goal. Ultimately, by rebuilding the local agricultural economy and addressing the root causes that leads to significant devastation by storms, Lambi Fund of Haiti looks forward to supporting Haiti’s efforts towards food security and helping its partner organizations, families, and Haitian communities become self-sustainable.
Lambi Fund of Haiti is seeking donations and funding from organizations that provide emergency and disaster relief funding to assist rural partners as they rebuild their lives and re-engage in activities that will sustain their families and their communities. To support the sustainable development efforts of Lambi Fund of Haiti, please visit LambiFund.org and make an online donation or mail a check to Lambi Fund of Haiti, PO Box 18955, Washington, DC 20036.
About Lambi Fund of Haiti
Lambi Fund of Haiti supports and invests in grassroots efforts focusing on sustainable development, environmental integrity, and social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people. Their programs include community micro-credit, animal husbandry, reforestation efforts, and organizational and leadership training.
Fabiola Fleuranvil of Blueprint Creative Group for Lambi Fund of Haiti (404) 437-0078 Fabiola@BlueprintCreativeGroup.com