Celebrate Haiti

BélO’s on the cover of his album “Natif Natal.”

Community2Community (C2C) will kick off its 6th Annual “Hope and A Future” — A Celebration of Haiti (HAAF) on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at noon. The event, which takes place at BRIC Arts Media House, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY, will end at 5 pm.

This year the C2C Ayiti Marché spills out onto the street just outside BRIC with live performances, DJ, dance, artwork, tastes of Haitian cuisine, family fun and more, all in support of a worthy cause.

The highlights of extending the Marche outside will be the Water Walk by C2C Collective Partner Dlo Pou Viv. In the Water Walk, guests move from being spectators to participants through the experience of carrying buckets of water for at least half a city block a mere fraction of the distance members of our Partner Communities in Petit Goâve travel to get clean water daily. O ther interactive exhibits will invites attendees to engage in the C2C Reforestation and Education initiatives.

There is an urgent need to replace the temporary school shelter recently destroyed by Hurricane Erika in 2015 with a permanent building. “Our goal on the 14th is to generate awareness and participation, thus enabling C2C to reach its goal of raising the $400k needed to fund the construction of a permanent school before the 2016 hurricane season,” said C2C CEO + FireStarter MarieYolaine Eusebe. This year is C2C’s “Year of Scholarship,” and thus the celebration will focus on creating a solid educational foundation for the children of Petit Goâve, Haiti.

C2C’s multi media theatrical production, “Men Anpil” (Haitian Kréyol for “Many Hands”), will star Haiti’s musical ambassador, award winning, guitarist and singer BélO, himself a humanitarian along with Brooklyn’s own Christian Cultural Center (CCC) BOOTS Step Team and the Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir.

“We are excited about the progress of the water distribution system in 2015 and grateful to our C2C Neighbors for making that progress possible,” said MarieYolaine. “Now, we must shift our focus to providing for Haiti’s future; it’s youth.” Proceeds from the 6th Annual “Hope and A Future” — A Celebration of Haiti will go towards completing C2C’s Education Initiative and building a permanent school building in Petit Goâve, Haiti.

“Hope and A Future”— A Celebration of Haïti (HAAF) is a fresh paradigm, where for one Saturday afternoon in May, New Yorkers will actually engage with the work C2C and their C2C Neighbors (monthly contributors) do with their partner communities in Petit Goâve, Haiti.

The C2C Ayiti Marché is free and open to the public. Tickets for “Men Anpil” are $35 for adults and $15 for youth (under 18) and seniors, and can be purchased at www.Community2Community.info. To participate as an vendor in the C2C Ayiti Marché, contact Midea Stewart at midea@community2community.info. Community2Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, service organization whose vision is creating selfsufficient communities by working with the community.

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