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The Lambi Fund of Haiti

Supporting economic justice, democracy and sustainable development in Haiti

October 31, 2014

2014 New Projects

Build 20 Water Cisterns For 1800 Families In Haiti

Summary

This project will build 20 4,500 gallon water cisterns in drought-ravaged Northwest Haiti where the burden of collecting water falls on the girls and women. Mesie walks six hours each day to collect water for her family. She cannot go to school. In its 20 years, Lambi has helped 2,000,000+ Haitians become more self-sufficient, and planted 2,000,000 tree seedlings. To celebrate 20 years of service, we ask you to Give Water, and in so doing, to Give Life to the women and girls of rural Haiti.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
98% deforested, Haiti is vulnerable to climate change-induced drought: Haiti's Northwest received no measurable rainfall between 8/2013 and late 5/2014. Cholera too has gripped Haiti since the earthquake. Girls and women are responsible for gathering water which may take as much as six hours per day. Young girls cannot go to school; women can do little else to help their families.

How will this project solve this problem?
Water cisterns capture rain during the rainy season, bringing clean water to communities during the long dry season and freeing girls for school, and women to help their families prosper. Each cistern can support up to 90 families, 450 people, during the long dry season, literally freeing up the labor of thousands of girls and women from the daily chore of gathering water. Young girls can go to school; women can engage in other activities to improve the well-being of their families.

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Potential Long Term Impact

Families join a cistern by giving $0.10/month to hire a "water management attendant" whose responsibilities include water treatment and cistern maintenance. Built with the financial support of western donors, and by the hearts, heads and hands of the communities that benefit from them, the cisterns are maintained as a life-giving resource long into the future of the communities they benefit. 20 cisterns will be built, each of which supports 90 families. 9,000 individuals stand to benefit.


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