December 19, 2012 - The Lambi Fund of Haiti's efforts to respond to Hurricane Sandy has been swift. Field Monitors in both the North and South have met with community organizations throughout the country to asses damages. Unfortunately, the impact of Sandy is proving to be quite severe. Widespread loss of crops and livestock has been reported, rainwater cisterns and irrigation canals were damaged and tree seedlings planted for reforestation efforts have washed away. Lambi Fund staff members also estimate that the overall pace of projects, organizational capacity, and economic conditions in these communities will be negatively affected.
As such, Lambi Fund has been working with community organizations throughout the country since the storm. So far, 13 grassroots organizations have been provided emergency relief grants. These grants are going straight to Haitians hit by the storm to help:
- Rapidly replant crops to increase their resilience to the famine that experts predict will occur in Haiti within the next few months
- Accommodate short-term family needs
- Allow the organization’s community-run enterprises to get back on track
- Prepare soil for planting
- Repair irrigation canals as necessary
- Purchase seeds that do not require a long time to harvest (such as beans, vegetables and corn)
- Groups with animal husbandry projects will also be provided with funding to replace lost livestock
In addition to this, Lambi Fund’s field monitors have been in contact with over 50 other community organizations that may qualify for similar emergency relief. Once initial assessments are complete, these groups will be provided with the resources necessary to get back on their feet as well.
For each and every one of you that donated to Lambi Fund's emergency relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy, a very big mesi ampil is in order. Your support is helping Lambi Fund respond swiftly and appropriately to communities in need. Hopefully through concentrated efforts like these, we can work to help curb the impending food crisis as much as possible and keep impoverished Haitians’ incomes flowing.