For Immediate Release – The Diaspora Travels: Haiti 2015 Production Trip Talk Back

Photo by Vanissa Chan
Photo by Vanissa Chan

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
Unit 2
163 STERLING ROAD, Toronto, Ontario
6pm

This year was our 2nd Project Trip to Haiti. We were able to continue to follow the Haitian Diaspora to the Ground in Haiti and follow grassroots reconstruction efforts after the Earthquake.

We landed in Haiti February 4th and were able to stay there with your support till April 27th. We were in Port au Prince doing follow up interviews from our last trip had our office and continue to build with Maurice Sixto (MOY). The Maurice Foundations promotes Education and Haitian Culture, and has campaigns against the Restavek system, and has a community school for rescued children in Port au Prince. Their School is still being restoration from the destruction from the Earthquake.

A restavek (or restavec) is a child in Haiti who is sent by his or her parents to work for a host household as a domestic servant because the parents lack the resources required to support the child.

We also went to Melissa’s Hope Foundation is an orphanage, school, and camp in Haiti. Our mission is to give hope and love to the future. Melissa’s Hope symbolizes, which is run by former Diaspora Haitian who returned to Haiti, Pascal Bain, because he spoke English he was able to advocate for alot of Haitians around him in gaining resources, after the Earthquake.

We also returned to FONDASYON FELICITEE and did a follow up interview with Haitian Historian Bayinnah Bello, who does monthy free educationally workships in Port au Prince. http://www.fondasyonfelicitee.org/

In Jacmel we were following the efforts of Earthship Haiti which coordinated a build of Amphitheatre and Community School called Sa-K-La-K-Wel. We will be speaking with the lead Builders of the Site this year. (Robert Negron, Oja Vincent, and Marita Marisine) as well as Denise Rodriguez who was an International Volunteer on the Build.

We had the opportunity to meet Reginal Turnier (Diaspora who moved back in 2002 to convert an alley full of Garbage into an Art Gallery, Bar Restaurant Vatican, in downtown Jacmel, which was our production office, we are also continuing to build towards an ongoing partnership in an interactive project called Musse Mobile.

We travelled all the way to Anse d’hainault to see the start of a Permaculture Centre called Opapam.org. We will speak with the founder Nadine Dominique who will speak about the importance of developping Permaculture and localized agriculture in Haiti.

We are speaking with Kara Lightburn part of Social Tap, Inchttp://www.socialtap.org/, The Haiti Initiative.

COMMUNITY ASSET MAPPING, CAPACITY BUILDING, & DEVELOPMENT
Our approach in this core initiative is born out of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach that Social Tap Inc. was founded on. We believe that community development is most sustainable when the change is facilitated by community partners who have a real stake in the community.

Through partnering with local organizations, we seek to recognize and connect the various strengths within the community to build a strong capacity for change and empowerment. This approach also emphasizes facilitating groups who wish to come to Haiti and help by partnering them with the appropriate organizations, institutions, groups, and individuals.

Kara was recently in Anse-a-Pitre which is located in the South East Department of Haiti right on the border with the Dominican Republic. A reported 31,175 Haitian/Dominicans have ‘voluntarily deported’ themselves according to Dominican Immigration services since June 17th traveling across the border to Haiti. Those who arrived in this region from the #DRhave been setting up camp in Parc de Cadot right outside of Anse-A-Pitre on the #Haiti side…. It is a desert waste land that has been designated for these #stateless individuals and families.

WE CONDEMN the Actions of the Dominican Republic government, and ongoing violence that Haitians face in the Dominican Republic.

Come and hear about the 2015 Production Trip.

We continue to build long term relationships and strengthening Diaspora networks that reach directly to the ground and the people of Haiti, and go beyond barriers that Haitians have to face in their daily lives.

The Diaspora Travels: Haiti Crew.

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This event will be recorded and streamed.

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