ThinkGlobal Arts is working in partnership with several prestigious organizations to
support the music opportunities for impoverished children and youth in the small village of Pierre-Payen, Haiti – a place with very few resources. As you may be aware, Haiti is undergoing multiple overlapping challenges with political unrest, armed gangs, extreme violence, kidnappings, and has also been plagued with large scale natural disasters.
The music program that once had about 85 children participating in it has now dwindled to a scarce 35. Parents are afraid to send their children out of the home, and teachers are reluctant to commute to the village from neighboring cities such as Port-au-Prince. Thus, the children not only lack a space to practice and enjoy music, (currently they use the premises of a church basement), but they also have fewer working instruments, no repair facilities, and no salary in sight for the teachers. It is indeed a very sad situation. We are working with David Ferdinand, a trumpet player and Teacher at the Pierre-Payen Music Academy to lift the music programs out of the doldrums, as they have been battered by the danger and violence that surround the village. Organizations such as Blume Haiti and Rotary Clubs in Naperville, Illinois and in Tiburon, California have joined hands with us to help with this effort. We are grateful for all of the support that we are receiving and thank you for your caring and generosity towards this effort.
Music has the magic to overcome cultural and societal barriers, while bringing hope and encouragement to the children and the youth in this impoverished region..
The children and youth in this small village thank you for your caring and generosity,
your donations of cash or in-kind will go a long way in lifting their morale and giving
them a reason to live and flourish.