Our "Oboe for Haiti" campaign is really taking off and we are so grateful to all the people who have contributed. A special thanks goes out to Lynn Zetzman and the faculty, staff and students of Saint Francis Xavier High School in Appleton, WI. They held a soup dinner fund-raiser for BLUME Haiti that brought in $1000.00 for this campaign!
If music has touched your life in some way, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support this campaign! Learn more by clicking the box to the left.
Exciting news! BLUME Haiti was recently featured on Winifred Flint's Haitian Education blog. She writes "In keeping a pulse on the education sector in Haiti I have observed a number of NGOs (Non-Governmental Organization) of all sizes and types. I have seen few organizations devoted to the arts so I was intrigued when I discovered BLUME Haiti..." Read the full article here!
Cemuchca (Cap Haitian): June 21 - July 12
Holy Trinity (Cange): July 12 - August 3
AMOJ (Croix des Bouquets): July 26 - August 16
Dessaix-Baptiste (Jacmel): August 3 - 22
Othello Bayard (Les Cayes): August 3-15
And more to come!
Click here to read our most recent newsletter! This issue features articles about Haitian luthier Tchoupy Hilaris' apprenticeship in Cremona, the Holy Trinity music school, board member Lindsay Schwartz, and generous donor Double Reed Girl. To make sure you receive future issues please sign up here!
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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Building Leaders Using Music Education in Haiti