Saturday, February 21, 2015
Diaspora Travels returns to Haiti four years later, to continue to their working in exploring Haitian and Haitian Diasporic driven initiatives after the Earthquake, we are here for the second time. Our first trip was in February 2011, and now we are back doing follow up interviews in Port au Prince as well spending most of our time in Jacmel following the Earthship inspired build Community Centre, Amphitheatre and School Build called Sa-K-la-ka-Wel (means: If you survive it, you will see it) in the Oban, Community in Jacmel, Haiti.
The Diaspora Travels: Haiti The aim of the feature documentary film and digital interactive project is to explore Haitian and Haitian Diasporc reconstructions projects after the Earthquake (January 12th, 2010) to counter the mainstream media’s portrayal of Haiti which often leaves out the local story and omits the rebuilding efforts of Haitians are doing themselves to rebuild. The film explores Haitian Resilience and asks the question how do your rebuild when 300,000 people die in a moment. For full back ground on the project please go to https://thediasporatravelshaiti.wordpress.com
Diaspora Travels in is a collaborative project between a docuvixen film (Malinda Francis), Alliance of Conscious Documentarians (ACD Media) (Oja Vincent), and Anaconda Motion Pictures (Michel Dessources Jr), just joining the team is Shana McCalla is Salem Script Productions as another producer. As well as Vanissa Chan also apart of (ACD Media) in the Production Office as well as Photographer/Illustrator.
Since January 12, 2010 Earthquake, which was the biggest show of international support ever in history globally we have since seen the majority of billion dollars of foreign aid has evaporated into the non-profit industrial complex. This is how Haiti has become know as the “the Nation of NGOs.”
The movement for sustainable living has become ever more urgent. Here in Haiti they say Haitians pay to be in darkness, the average being 5 hours a day or every other day, as well a gas prices have been going up, probably the only place in this Hemisphere, making life for Haitians very hard. This makes movement towards Environmental and Social Justice one in the the same. This lack of access to energy for Haitians makes solar and sustainable energy very urgent.
The majority of the 13 billion dollars of foreign aid has evaporated by the non-profit industrial complex and haven’t made it to the ground, so all the grassroots organizations we work with there are no salaries given to Foreign Workers this is done strategically to prevent corruption. All money is spent locally all resources are brought directly to the ground, if there is foreign participation, usually though paid volunteer positions which then is funnelled back into the local economy.
In Haiti they say Haitians pay to be in darkness, the average is having power 5 hours of day, to every other day for the average Haitian, which makes solar energy every more crucial to be made accessible to Haitians. This makes the movement towards Environmental Justice and Social Justice one and the same. This movement it is direct challenge to “Disaster Capitalism” (illustrated by author Naomi Klein) directly on the ground in Haiti. Earthship Biotecture Humanitarian builds, including the one here in Haiti works through participatory construction gives training directly to Haitians, and breaks conventional notions of who can build.
The Community Build of Sa-k-la-k-wel is in the Oban, Jacmel Community that is taking place is collaboration between Sa-K-la-k-Wel http://sa-k-la-k-wel.org/ ,Indy Convergence Haiti http://www.indyconvergence.org/haiti/ and Ayiti Ini/Haiti Uni/United Haiti http://www.ayitiini.wordpress.com/. The collaborations work on the principal (If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because you liberation is bound up with up was mine, then let us work together.”LW).
Sa-K-La-K-Wel lost their rented space so the Earthship inspired Build is a space where collaboration and space to skill share between Haitian and International artists, coaching and educators. There has been english and music classes, along with a Football (soccer) team and dojo. Dieudonne Cyprien the Executive Director of the school, a Haitian who donated his families’ land and Robert Negron who is the International Liaison for Artist Collaborations both say that it is urgent for the Amphitheatre and School get constructed so hat collaborations can begin agin. In Feb-March of 2014 the crew laid the foundation down and this year Feb-March 2015 the second stage of the build where the Amphitheatre, seating and on class room is going up.
Diaspora Travels is also seeking support for their portion of the Build as well as supplies, such a tools, boots for volunteers. To donate directly please go to our Go Fund Me and give directly to the work done on the ground. (http://www.gofundme.com/thediaporatravels) You can give also to the production of the feature documentary, The Diaspora Travels: Haiti the film, and our ongoing work in Haiti with the digital interactive project which is an ongoing mapping of Haitian and Haitian Diasporic Restruction Projects, please go to IndieGoGo (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-diaspora-travels-haiti-2nd-trip).
Here is our Video Pitch for your support:
Thank you to all who already supported and continue to support the project. “Men anvil chat pa lou” (Many Hands Make the load Lighter.)
Don’t hesitate to ask for more information on how to get involved and other ways you can support. If you have any media inquiries, please contact: Shana McCalla at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
The Diaspora Travels: Haiti Crew
Malinda Francis (Producer, Co-Director)