Why I Give
By Désirée and Silvio, Rome, Italy
I was first introduced to the Haitian culture several years ago through Lucina De Martis, my teacher of Afro-Haitian dances in Rome, Italy. Fascinated by the evocative side of these ritual dances I started deepening my interest in Haiti's culture through its rich literature. I began reading Jean Jacques Alexis, Jacques Roumain, Lyonel Trouillot, René Depestre, Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Dany Laferriere, Gary Victor, Edwige Danticat, Micheline Dusseck … and still I cannot stop. I am completely overwhelmed by the gentleness and creativity of this charming people!
This is why Silvio, my husband, and I decided to look for a Haitian NGO. After some research, Silvio found the Lambi Fund of Haiti and we soon understood how precious the job is that they are doing. Their philosophy of trusting in and engaging with local movements and communities, empowering women, caring for the environment and their reforestation efforts are critical for a suffering yet still wonderful country.
In few words, we were awed by Lambi Fund's overall approach. We sent an email and a few days later we started supporting the organization.
Finally, last February Silvio and I had the opportunity to visit Haiti for the first time and our good feelings towards this country and the Haitian people were confirmed. Josette and Marie Marthe warmly welcomed us and took us around to visit projects. We met members of two peasant organizations (one a women's organization) they were proud and resourceful and supported in their efforts by Lambi Fund.
It has been an unforgettable experience that has strengthened our trust in this organization and that, together with Haitian kindness, we are deep, deep in our hearts grateful.