Annual Report 2010
To say 2010 was a challenging year is an understatement. January's earthquake left Haiti upturned and in complete disarray. Tons and tons of rubble littered Haiti's streets, phone lines were down, homes destroyed, livelihoods ruined, countless individuals injured and far too many lives lost.
The Lambi Fund of Haiti was very much in the heart of this disaster — our office building in the center of Port-au-Prince sustained damages and staff suffered injuries and losses. Somehow though, in a measure of supreme good fortune, all staff members survived and none sustained life-threatening injuries. In the days following the quake, having all staff members relatively healthy proved to be a critical blessing as we rallied to provide urgent emergency relief.
To say this was easy would be a lie. Lambi Fund is not a first responder and this was uncharted territory. So, we did what Lambi Fund does best: we turned to our partner organizations throughout the country. Sixteen years worth of relationships with these communities proved invaluable.
Lambi Fund convened regional committees of peasant leaders throughout the country and asked: What are your needs? What can be done? Local leaders reported that the exodus of earthquake survivors from the city to the rural provinces was putting an immense strain on families.
Household sizes doubled overnight as survivors sought refuge with friends and family: each one needing food, water and shelter and many needing medical assistance.
These conversations directly shaped Lambi Fund's relief strategy which consisted of a series of emergency grants (you can read about our response in full in this report). In essence, Lambi Fund's earthquake response reaffirmed our conviction that meaningful partnerships with local organizations are at the cornerstone of progress.
In follow-up discussions, members stated that Lambi Fund was the first and in many cases only responder in their rural communities. The emergency grants gave each family the flexibility to purchase supplies specific to their needs, while at the same time stimulating the local economy.
So, it is with great thanks that this was made possible. The outpouring of support was both heartwarming and humbling. It is thanks to you that goods and resources were provided on a scale previously thought unimaginable — mesi anpil.