We are currently working with Janet Anthony at ‘Blume Haiti’ 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 maybe aware, the news from Haiti is not great at the moment what with the presidential assassination in early July, the earthquake/tropical storm in August and the continued gang violence and kidnapping.
We are working with David Ferdinand, a trumpet player and Teacher to lift the music programs out of the doldrums, as they have been battered by the danger and violence that surrounds the village. 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 music program that once had about 85 children participating in it has now dwindled to a scarce 35. 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.
I invite you to join us in helping the children and youth in this small village, your donations of cash or in-kind will go a long way in lifting their morale and giving them hope!