Macaya LLC has partnered with and is a proud supporter of The Lambi Fund. The Lambi Fund is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with rural grassroots organizations to support economic justice, democracy and sustainable development in Haiti.
At least 5% of the purhase price of every Macaya sale will be donated directly to The Lambi Fund to aid in their mission.
The Lambi Fund's mission is to assist the popular democratic movement in Haiti. The Lambi Fund provides financial resources, training and technical assistance to peasant-led community organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people.
The Lambi Fund supports projects from peasant-led organizations that are non violent, non partisan, and community based, promote the advancement of women, use education and training for empowerment, and promote the overall democratic movement. Integrated into all Lambi Fund projects is the opportunity to reinforce indigenous democratic practices. The Lambi Fund focuses on the grassroots level through four mechanisms: community organizing, organizational development, civic participation, and promoting leadership by women.
The Lambi Fund of Haiti was founded in 1994 by Haitians, Haitian-Americans, and North Americans. The Lambi Fund draws its name from the lambi (pronounced lahm-bee), the Haitian Creole word for conch shell, which was blown as a horn and used during the slave rebellion against the French colonialists in 1791, to alert the slaves to impending danger and the need to assemble. The symbol of the lambi was chosen to represent the Haitian people's hope, strength, resistance, and struggle for self-determination.
The Lambi Fund is supporting 24 projects based on the following Program Initiatives:
In 2006, with support from the Lambi Fund, 24 rural development projects were carried out by Haiti's popular organizations. Twelve new projects were initiated in 2006, including potable water, grain mills, pig and goat breeding, organic farms, and micro lending projects, among others. Twelve small-scale economic development projects became self-supporting in 2006, including organic community farms, ox plowing services and pig raising projects. Over the past twelve years, Lambi Fund has supported over 150 peasant led projects, reaching over one million Haitians.
In 2006, Lambi Fund's Haiti Director Josette Perard, was named one of the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century by Women's eNews. One of the few women leaders of an organization in Haiti, Ms. Perard was also selected among 30 grassroots women environmental leaders worldwide to participate in a global green strategy meeting in Mexico City.
According to a recently conducted evaluation of our first ten years of work, studies showed that Lambi Fund projects involved 76,896 entrepreneurial participants whose collective enterprises impacted 1,222,145 Haitians! Researchers found well-documented evidence that Lambi Fund projects create change with: improved economic conditions, increased availability of food, reduced soil erosion, improved environment, increased availability of potable water, increased gender equity, improved democratic functioning, increased management capacity of organizations, and increased collaboration among grassroots organizations.
Community based peasant organizations in rural Haiti.
Together, we can help Haitian society, through its young people, regain a sense of national pride and unity and forge a new path for the next generation.
Learn more at www.lambifund.org.
If you'd like to make donations directly to The Lambi Fund, please visit their website at www.lambifund.org, or send checks or money orders to Lambi Fund, PO Box 18955, Washington DC 20036. For credit card donations click here.
Many companies will match an employee's donation. Check with your employer to see if a matching gift program is available.
Lambi Fund is a non-profit charitable organization with tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
On behalf of Macaya LLC, Lambi Fund, and the people of Haiti, we thank you very much for your support in helping to rebuild Haiti!
- The Haitian people claimed their independence in 1804, and Haiti became the world's first Black Republic.
- Pic Macaya is one of the largest mountains in mountainous Haiti
- Macaya National Park is the only section of land in Haiti sanctioned by the government for preservation.
- The name Haiti means Land of Mountains
- Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the same island of Hispaniola
- Population: 8.4 million
- Capital: Port-au-Prince
- Area: 27,750 sq km (10,714 sq miles)
- Major Languages: Creole, French