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  • Writer's pictureMissy Hangartner

We are thrilled to announce our first annual Giving Day on March 15th! Giving Day will take place each year in honor of our founding anniversary in March.



With your help, we can reach our goals for 2024:



  • Sponsor an added 7 students with school tuition through our


  • Learn more about our recipients to serve them better


  • Share more stories from the people we serve in Haiti

 

To prepare for Giving Day and help us reach our goals, we ask that you please set a reminder for our Giving Day, consider how much you are able to give, and think about who you’d like to invite to be a part of Giving Day with us. We’d love the chance to share our work in Haiti with your family and friends!

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  • Writer's pictureMissy Hangartner

Haitian music is vibrant, easy to dance to, and influenced by French, Spanish and African music. Music is a large part of celebrations like the Haitian Carnival and Rara, which is a week-long festival beginning Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter. Haitians are also known to sing spiritual hymns and songs, performed by themselves and in groups, throughout daily life.



Haitian drums (called tanbou) are important in preserving Haitian culture, and those that are barrel-shaped are recognized as the national musical instrument. The body of the drum is constructed from wood. The head of the drum is made from animal skin, usually skin of a cow or goat.


Each drum is crafted by hand and according to tradition, baptized for use in dance, healing, and merry making.


The tanbou drum is used in many music genres of Haiti and has been influential in the rest of the Caribbean and Latin American world.


The rich musical history of Haiti continues to bring people together!




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  • Writer's pictureMissy Hangartner

 

We are so grateful for your partnership supporting our efforts in Haiti. Our goals would not be realized without you! Unfortunately due to limited resources, we were forced to pause our Men Kontre (Helping Hands) food giveaway program in November.


As you may be aware, Haiti has been experiencing a tremendous amount of political unrest. The situation there has resulted in already hard-to-find items, like food and water, becoming even scarcer. We caught up with our Port au Prince Liaison, Gregor Moreau, and asked him about the impact of pausing our Men Kontre Program. 




 

“After our president’s death in July 2021, the situation of Haitians became worse in all aspects of life. In terms of security, we are defenseless, gangs are everywhere, they kill, burn and kidnap when they want and the worst, the national police can’t or doesn’t want to do anything. Because of that we are living as prisoners in our own areas, we can’t stay too long in the streets. We are afraid because at any time we can be victims.”

 

Gregor goes on to say,

 

“Our social life is 100% impacted by this situation. Economically, even for those of us who are working, it is very complicated, because the inflation rate increases day after day, we can’t afford the same goods we used to buy in the past. It is a big challenge for us. Politically, I can just summarize it by using these words: ‘It is total Crisis’ 

The government has no plan nor projects to help us. Our politicians often just think about their well-being and their family. Unfortunately, our reality is sad. The only thing that works well in Haiti is the sun. It rises every day normally. “


While it is difficult to hear these sobering words of what is unfolding in Haiti, we take comfort in the fact that we can take action  today to help struggling children and families. Now more than ever, providing essential resources like food and nutrition is desperately needed.  


Please consider joining us as we resume our food giveaway program and help lighten the burden for our friends in Haiti!


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