Are you looking for an organization that you can truly believe in? Are you tired of giving money to charities that have way too much overhead? If you answered yes to either question, may I suggest that you check out the Lambi Fund of Haiti.
The Lambi Fund came into existence in 1994, founded jointly by Haitians and Americans. The goal of the organization is to help strengthen civil society in Haiti.
Money donated to the Lambi Fund is wisely used to finance the following projects:
- Sustainable Development — Food security and income are generated through agricultural projects.
- Community Micro-credit — Members of a community come together and determine needs. Based on those needs money is allotted so recipients can start self-sustaining projects.
- Animal Husbandry — Pigs and goats represent wealth in rural Haiti; unfortunately over the years because of so many wicked weather conditions, the amount of livestock has diminished greatly. With the help of the Lambi Fund, pig and goat breeding is making a huge comeback.
- Environment — Of the upmost importance, the Lambi Fund’s main project is to conserve Haiti’s natural resources; consequently good solid cistern and irrigation systems will make it easier to provide communities with safe and clean water.
Luckily, the rural areas suffered very little damage during January’s earthquake; consequently over 500,000 people fled Port-au-Prince for the rural communities in Haiti. The Lambi Fund is working very diligently to meet the demands of so many people relocating to the countryside. So far, the Fund is working on building 880 latrines to help meet the needs of people left homeless after the earthquake.
In a very weak economy in the United States, many people are skeptical about donating to charity. I continue to give to the Lambi Fund because I know every cent is being used to help those who need it the most.
The Lambi fund is unusual in that, if you want to see firsthand how your money is being used, you can travel with a delegation to Haiti. Currently a visit is planned for October 25-29. There’s more information at the Lambi Fund website.