Hello Bel Son Supporters,
It is hard to believe, but it's been almost a year since the Jan. 12, 2010, Earthquake. I know that it will be a hard day for many of us, and I think it is a time for all friends of Haiti to come together in support. We have finished the film and are submitting it to film festivals. (Thank you to those of you who made end-of-year donations towards the cost of festival applications.) To honor the hundreds of thousands of lives lost last year, we will be showing the film at local non-profit Harmony Cafe Fox Valley on the anniversary of the quake. We will also be discussing the progress that has been made and the ongoing struggles. Below is more information. If you don't live too far away and are able to make it, please come spend Wednesday evening with friends. Also feel free to share this invitation with other friends and family members.
What: Haiti Earthquake Anniversary and Remembrance
When: January 12th, 2011 6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Harmony Cafe Fox Valley, Appleton, WI 54914
Wednesday January 12th, 2011, marks the one year anniversary of the 7.0 Earthquake that devastated Haiti and claimed the lives of over 220,000 people. Millions more were left homeless and continue to struggle for everyday essentials like water, food and shelter. Please join us at Harmony Cafe Fox Valley for a special event to honor the lives lost, and to look to the future of Haiti with hope.
The Appleton community has strong ties to Haiti. For almost 15 years musicians from Lawrence University and Appleton schools have been volunteer teaching at music programs there. After their beloved Holy Trinity Music School was destroyed in the earthquake last year, they put on a series of benefit concerts with Lawrence University, Harmony Cafe, and WLUK Fox 11, that raised over 40,000 dollars. The outpouring of generosity from the Appleton community was truly inspiring. This year on January 12th, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the great work that has been done, but also to raise awareness of the intense needs that still exist.
Harmony Cafe will be showing a documentary film made by one of our team members Carolyn Armstrong and her colleague Stephen Anunson. "Kenbe La- Hold On" tells the story of music education programs in Haiti. The film centers on the Holy Trinity music school in Port-Au-Prince, and the lives of the students, teachers, and volunteers that make it a reality. It is about an exchange of ideas through music, and the relationships built by this exchange. After the disastrous January 12th Earthquake, these relationships hold the musicians together despite the loss of their beloved school, instruments, friends, and family members. Filmed before and after the earthquake, this powerful story displays the strength and resilience of the Haitian people. There will be a short discussion with the filmmakers after the film. Visit this website to learn more about the film:
This event is free and open to the public. Free will donations will be accepted for the Holy Trinity Music School Rebuilding Fund, and on behalf of Partners in Health.