This Monday marks the five year anniversary of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. Over 250,000 people lost their lives, and millions more were left homeless. Amidst the tragic loss, the Haitian people came together, risking their lives to rescue loved ones and strangers, sharing food and resources and finding strength in each other, in their faith and in music.
To honor those who perished in the earthquake and to reflect on the impact it continues to have on the Haitian people, local non-profit BLUME Haiti will host a screening of the 2011 film Kenbe La-Hold On.
Filmed before and after the Jan. 12th, 2010 earthquake, Kenbe La chronicles the work of musicians and teachers of the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince and the Dessaix Baptiste Music School in Jacmel. Their experiences illustrate the ways in which music education contributes to building strong character and supportive communities to help combat the intense needs that exist throughout the country. These stories reveal music's ability to heal and unite even amidst the most challenging circumstances.
Freewill donations will be accepted before and after the film screening to benefit BLUME Haiti (Building Leaders Using Music Education in Haiti), a registered 501(c)(3) organization. BLUME Haiti seeks to use music as a tool to change the life trajectory of Haiti’s children, helping them transform themselves and their communities. From its headquarters in Appleton, Wisconsin BLUME Haiti reaches out to individuals, foundations and corporations willing to support our mission and collects materials and supplies (instruments, sheet music, music-stands, strings, reeds, etc.) which are then distributed to various programs in Haiti. This year BLUME Haiti will reach over 5,000 students at eighteen music programs from throughout Haiti.
If you didn't get to read our most recent newsletter you can still access it here. This edition features stories about the documentary Kenbe La- Hold On, Giving Tuesday, board member Scott Harrison, and donors The Loft Violin Shop & Antonio Violins. We would also love for you to join our mailing list! We understand how busy life is and we try not to flood your inbox, so we typically only send 5-6 e-mails a year.
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Click the map to see which music programs BLUME Haiti serves. Our reach spans 17 programs across the country.
Check out Board member Lindsay Schwartz's experience at the Holy Trinity Music Camp in Cange. Hear about her work with the very large "Petit Orchestre de Chambre" group, getting chikengunya, hikes to the river, and students hungry to learn. Click here to read!
We are happy to announce that our Spring Newsletter is now available for your reading pleasure! Read about upcoming summer music camps in Haiti, get to know BLUME Haiti Board Member Ricardo Lesperance, and learn about one of our amazing donors, Stringworks of Appleton, WI. We're also announcing a benefit concert called "Music for Haiti" which will take place June 14 at Harmony Cafe in Appleton, featuring the Lawrence Faculty Jazz Trio, a silent auction and lots more! Click here to read our 3rd newsletter. And if you like what you're reading, sign up to receive future issues here!