Above: Some members of the Community2Community team on the ground in Haiti.
On Friday, May 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM Community2Community (C2C), a Brooklyn based nonprofit service organization working to help Haïti regain self-sufficiency, will launch “Hope and A Future” – A Celebration of Haïti, at Christian Cultural Center (CCC), 12020 Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.
“Hope and A Future” – A Celebration of Haïti is an inspirational, cultural experience that officially inaugurates May as Haitian Heritage Month and introduces C2C’s “Ayiti Marché”. The festive “Ayiti Marché” (Haitian Kreyòl for Open Market) will bring a multitude of Caribbean and American businesses and organizations together for a cultural exchange of information and services of interest to the Caribbean community. Attendees can partake in the taste and sounds of Haïti while exploring Haïti’s rich artistic and cultural contributions through various vendors and artisans. Festive Haitian music will be playing throughout.
Sponsored by Christian Cultural Center, New York Daily News, WBLS FM/WLIB AM, Amour Creole, Positive Community and New York Amsterdam News, the Celebration will feature international cultural artists Belo, Haitian Jazz Ensemble Mozayik, Melanie Charles and others soon to be announced. In addition, the festive event will also include “Friends of Haiti” - an array of local artists, presenting an eclectic mix of inspirational, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, rap and Haitian music, spoken word and dance expressions along with special vignettes spotlighting Haitian culture inclusive of a narrative on the significance of water.
Themed Building Forward Together, proceeds from the celebration will help Community2Community continue its ongoing efforts to restore clean water to the towns in and around Petit Goâve. Launched in April 2011, C2C’s Water Initiative is designed as a gravity-fed water distribution system that will give their partnering mountainside community access to clean, potable water. It has already helped a densely dry population of approximately 16,000 gain access to water. In 2012, C2C completed Phases 1 and 2 with the goal of completing the system by the end of 2013. In addition, C2C has worked with another partner community to complete the building of 15 latrines. The C2C Water Initiative is of crucial importance as it is the first step in creating the community’s health and sanitation infrastructure. The completed system will directly impact the regions current incidents of cholera and other water-borne diseases.
“The most pressing challenge Haïti faces moving forward is clean water,” said C2C CEO + FireStarter Marie-Yolaine Eusebe. “This event highlights C2C’s and our partners’ efforts in making a real difference on this issue. I invite everyone to come learn how they can help Haïti move forward by volunteering, providing technical assistance or becoming a C2C Neighbor. So, join us and let’s build forward together!”
Community2Community (C2C) is a non-profit, service organization whose vision is creating self-sufficient communities by working with the community. Mobilizing resources to support the transformation of developing international communities into healthy, self-sufficient communities through the C2C Haïti Restoration and Transformation Pilot Project (HRTPP) is their mission. “Hope and A Future” – A Celebration of Haïti is a free public event celebrating Haïti and the Caribbean Diaspora. For more information visitwww.Community2Community.info.