"There is a brokenness out of which comes the unbroken. There is a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable...there is a hollow space too vast for words through which we pass with each loss, out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being."

Ayiti Resurrect is a team of visionary artists, community builders, holistic healers, and organic farmers with bloodlines in Haiti and the African Diaspora, working in collaboration with a rural community in Leogane to support the healing and upliftment of the survivors of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti.


5 years later… our resilience continues to rise

Jan 10, 2015 05:44 am
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In this 5th year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated to Haiti, we have launched a fundraising campaign to offer our communities an opportunity make a difference in the continued work and progress of Ayiti Resurrect, a unique model of community resilience and trans-local solidarity, refreshingly distinct from the NGOs that have overwhelmed the nation with dependency and domination.

Ayiti Resurrect is a visionary project presided by earthquake survivors dedicated to collective healing, diasporic collaboration, social transformation and self-determination. Core collective members, Beatrice and Naima, are in Haiti right now planning the next delegation in collaboration with our Haitian partners.  Thank you for bearing witness to the work, contributing in any way you can, and keeping Haiti in you hearts especially in this 5 year anniversary (Jan 12 2015) of the earthquake that has aftershocks to this day.

We are grateful for your contribution of any amount to make an investment in the limitless possibilities born when people come together in true partnership with one another!

Haiti Rising! connect. create. heal

Sep 13, 2014 04:42 am
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AR Benefit 2014 graphic


Ayiti Resurrect is organizing an inspiration-packed fundraiser
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
celebrating trans-local solidarity and community resilience.

In support of Ayiti Resurrect’s commitment to collaborative healing in Haiti, the event will feature stunning performances, moderated dialog with AR collective members, a panel of experts demystifying current realities in Haiti, a chance to hear live from our partners in Haiti, and short film screening.

There will also be a silent auction of art from Komye artists and some distinctive items from AR supporters.

Haitian hors d’oeuvres crafted by renowned Chef Davidson D. Destinoble
and La Caye’s signature ginger mint sangria will be served to our early arrivals!

9/27/14 @ La Caye
a gorgeous Haitian restaurant and bar
with spacious garden in the back
35 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY

$25 Admission
with additional tax-deductible opportunities to give via check, cash or credit

purchase tickets here

if you cannot join us donate here

This fundraiser will help raise funds for not only our planning and delegation trips this coming year but also to support long term investment in the many initiatives designed and lead by the Komye community. We are asking all supporters and people interested in this work to make an investment in our five year vision!

Performers include:

Lenelle_gold_WEBMaya Azucena – MTV Made’s Award winning singer-activist and cultural ambassador making soul music that matters. link

Lenelle Moïse – author of Haiti Glass, and an award-winning poet, playwright and performer who creates jazz-infused, hip-hop bred, politicized texts about the intersection of identity, memory and spirit. link

Naima of Climbing PoeTree – internationally renowned spoken word poet, lyricist, and co-creator of Hurricane Season, award-winning multimedia theater about unnatural disaster. link

Goussy Celestin – ASE Dance Theater Collective member, composer, vocalist and dancer whose artistic mission is to highlight the influence, connection and beauty of Haitian culture in the Americas. member of and ¡Retumba!

Strings ‘n Skins – play rhythmical interpretations of North African and South African improvisational styles. Their Afro-Asian hybrid beats are played on traditional instruments.


Speakers Include:

Michelle Karshan – Founder and Director of Alternative Chance and Li Li Li! Read. Michelle has worked on Haiti over the past 28 years in a variety of contexts, including as a radio journalist, a US-based solidarity activist, and served as the Foreign Press Liaison for Presidents Aristide and Preval for 9 years in Haiti.  Karshan is founder and director of Alternative Chance, which provides services and advocacy for criminal deportees from the US. She is Vice President, and former Haiti Coordinator, of Health Through Walls, an NGO working to reinforce the delivery of health care in resource poor prisons – including in Haiti’s national prisons. Following the earthquake, Michelle and her daughters founded Li, Li, Li! Read, a storybook reading out loud program in Haiti’s tent camps.

Selome Araya- Social Advocate, Reiki Healing Practitioner, and Postpartum Doula, Selome served as the Emergency Response Development and Communications Manager for Action Aid Haiti after the earthquake. With a Master’s in Public Health in Forced Migration, she has also served as Project Coordinator for Speak Africa at UNICEF Ethiopia, Project Manager for South Los Angeles Health Projects, Communications Consultant for Fahamu Networks for Social Justice, and Refugee Youth Program Manager African Community Resource Center.

& Ayiti Resurrect collective members, delegates, and partners!

Back from Ayiti! Ecstatic to share our 2014 Report Back!

Jan 29, 2014 08:50 pm
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AR 14 Report Back GraphicWe are moved, grateful, and honored to have just completed our 4th delegation (Jan 4-15, 2014) in which 22 Ayiti Resurrect delegates teamed up with numerous healers, artists, farmers, and community organizers in Komye (Leogane, Haiti) guided by our hearts and a commitment to reciprocal healing, teaching, and learning. It was truly incredible what we were able to accomplish in our days together, and so thrilled to report back to all of you who have supported us from afar!

We implemented health and dental clinics, facilitated arts and sustainability workshops at the local school, led herbal medicine classes, women’s empowerment circles, sexual health and reproductive justice dialogues, community workshops (including yoga, percussion, song, children’s field games, sculpture, photography), and peer-to-peer artist skill shares. Together we also commemorated the 4th anniversary of the earthquake, produced a community concert and cultural celebration, built a solar mango dryer, and weeded, gave compost, and water to hundreds of tree seedlings planted last year. Read all the details here!



Dec 25, 2013 03:57 am
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Thank youWe are so grateful for everyone who contributed generously so far to Ayiti Resurrect’s January 2014 delegation!!!! We’ve received monetary contributions, medical and dental supplies, lap tops and some workshop materials. We are honored and blessed with your support and belief in our work!
We are about 60% funded toward our modest goal of $5,000 for this year’s programming.
Please note that your funds will be going directly to this year’s projects and to support our community partners and leaders in our collaborative programs. Check out other ways to support here.
*** Every drop counts, every share matters, your help is appreciated! ***
With your support, we know that our grassroots healing work will continue!
We look forward to keeping you posted on our progress and work during and after the delegation!

Indiegogo Campaign Launched for Jan ’14 Delegation

Nov 21, 2013 10:30 pm
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Ayiti Resurrect 2014 postcard 2

Ayiti Resurrect is gearing up for it’s fourth delegation coinciding with the 4th anniversary of the earthquake, to activate the next round of projects that focus on the arts, health, and sustainability.

Check out the VIDEO we created to garner support for the next phase of our partnership with the Komye community, and please contribute to our Indiegogo campaign by making a donation and spreading the word.

We are fundraising for the supplies needed for our project areas, support for the local community and our partners, as well as translators, healthcare workers, and other professionals in Haiti who will be joining us. Thank you for standing behind us! With your help, Ayiti Resurrect’s commitment to supporting the health and resilience of this incredible community will continue.

Read more about this year’s project here.

Next delegation January 2014!

Oct 03, 2013 05:37 am
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IMG_20130223_183259Ayiti Resurrect is gearing up for it’s 4th delegation to work in solidarity with Komye residents around some exciting initiatives in arts, health, and sustainability. This year’s collaboration will feature creative arts classes at the public school, yoga practice, professional artist skill shares, women and girl’s empowerment circles, a mobile health clinic, and preventative heath workshops. We will also build a solar mango dryer, nurture the fruit trees we planted last year with a compost application, and commemorate the 4 year anniversary of the earthquake. We are honored to return to this beloved community. Read on here!



Returning to Haiti Friday!

Jul 09, 2013 09:16 pm
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Leah (who is now a core collective member of Ayiti Resurrect!) and Naima are returning to Komye this Friday to do preparation work for Ayiti Resurrect’s next delegation in January. As always we are committed to supporting the community in achieving their self-determined goals and taking directions for our project planning based on our collaborative possibilities. We will be  hosting an open “town hall” meeting where we will discuss the project proposals that we generated based on surveys that went out after our last delegation. The projects we will be discussing range from building rain water catchment systems, to teaching art classes in Komye schools, to creating a community garden of vegetables and healing herbs!


We will be sending updates when we return and letting you know the direction for the next delegation. If you want to make a contribution to Ayiti Resurrect’s continued support for the Komye community please do! Thanks for your solidarity with the work!

Awesome Article on Ayiti Resurrect!

Jul 09, 2013 09:11 pm
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Ayiti Resurrect was featured in The Nobantu Project is a dynamic online magazine highlighting the art and life of the African Diaspora and other peoples of color! Click here to read “Loving Haiti: Ayiti Resurrect and Healing in Post-earthquake Haiti,” a beautifully written and thoughtful article by Kemba Banton.


 “Nobantu” is a Xhosa word meaning “mother of the people.”

The Nobantu Project aims to invite dialogue while creating spaces for healing, transformation, and empowerment, according to 5 Principles: Ancestral Roadways, Political Awareness, Art Healing, Self-Empowerment, and Collective Sensibility.

REFORESATION PROJECT IN EFFECT! Ayiti Resurrect back in Cormiers!!!

Feb 19, 2013 02:25 am
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This week Naima and Leah Penniman, 8 high school students from NY, and our Green Haiti partners, Ulky St. Ville and McEvans Francois are planting 500 fruit trees with young people and other community partners in Leogane, to provide shade, erosion control, water purification, pollution control and income to the community.

Stay posted on the trip on the blog maintained by Leah and her students!

And Facebook users check out the photos being uploaded daily to this album! They will also be added to this site as well at the end of the trip.

Thank you everyone for your support!!!


Tree-planting Trip & Request for Support post-Hurricane!

Nov 01, 2012 08:14 am
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STILL MARCHING ON!!! (photo credit Anthony Moultry)

We hope this message finds you blessed, and all of your loved ones safe in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. As you may know Haiti is reeling from impact of the Hurricane, as this latest disaster piled upon disaster killed 54 people, left more than 200,000 homeless, and devastated crops last week before going on to hit the U.S. With hundreds of thousands of people still living in tents and temporary camps after the earthquake in 2010, Haiti was hardest hit by the storm that compounded the housing crisis, and worsened the threats posed by cholera and food shortages nationwide.

We urge you to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Ayiti in this vulnerable time!

We are writing to update you about exciting next steps with our partnership in Cormier, as well as two situations confronting our partners that could all benefit tremendously from your support!!

1) Leah and Naima are preparing to return to Cormiers in February to help facilitate the planting of a 500-tree mixed fruit orchard by ten high school students from New York teamed up with a group of young people from the community. Reforestation is a long term pro-active solution that lessens the impact of hurricanes!

2) Ayiti Resurrect’s partners from Ujaama Works in Port-Au-Prince, who have volunteered their plant medicine and health services in both delegations, are in an incredibly difficult situation after Hurricane Isaac rendered their home unlivable. Hurricane Sandy has made matters worse.

3) Our dear friend and lead partner from Cormiers, Dimmy Sanon, was in a horrible motorcycle accident and is in need of support with medical expenses.

We have set up 3 donation links for each of these causes. Please read more about the circumstances around each plea below, and contribute as much as you are able. Your assistance makes a huge difference in the lives of some truly incredible individuals, families, and communities with limited access to the resources we often take for granted.

Thank you so much for your generosity and continued support in both these difficult and promising times!!!

With Tremendous Love,

Naima, Beatrice, & Angelique
Ayiti Resurrect Core Collective


Thumbs Up for Trees!!! (photo credit Anthony Moultry)


EXCITING NEWS! Ayiti Resurrect delegate, Leah Penniman, and Green Haiti partner, Ulky St. Ville, are taking leadership with with the Mango Growers Association (APMKL) to implement a reforestation project in February 2013. We are raising money and resources to plant a 500-tree diversified mango forest spanning the farms of several community members to provide shade, erosion control, water purification, pollution control and income to the community. The children from the local school in Cormiers are starting some of the seedlings in the nursery (others will be purchased) and the compost is being made in the community as an outgrowth of the workshops Leah, Mouriel and Wislerson lead during the January 2012 delegation. Ten of Leah’s students from Tech Valley High School are raising the funds, co-planning the initiative, and traveling to Haiti to help with the planting! Learn more and donate to this effort HERE.



Our dear friend and lead partner, Dimmy Sanon, who has served as a primary liaison and community organizer around Ayiti Resurrect’s delegations was in a horrible motorcycle accident with a bus in which his brother, Duckens passed away. We mourn Duckens’ loss alongside his family and the entire community who remembers him as “a strong piece of the soul of Cormiers.” Dimmy made it successfully out of intensive care, but is still struggling with intense head and eye pain that has persisted for 11 months. He is hoping to get support in affording a head examination, which costs $400. Please be willing to contribute something toward this medical  expense for somebody who has dedicated countless hours and immeasurable heart into serving his community through the Mango Grower’s Association & Ayiti Resurrect.


Mdm. Wilner (in yellow shirt) with youth after leading a herbal medicine walk in last year's delegation. Photo: A. Moultry


After tropical storm Isaac hit, the roof collapsed on the house where Ayiti Resurrect partners Dr. Robert and Madame Wilner and her three children were living. Thankfully no one was hurt, but the hurricane compounded already difficult circumstances wrought by the earthquake, and they are struggling with needs for food, housing and school fees. The family is staying together, sleeping outside on a small porch succumb to insect bites, and no one is getting proper rest or nutrition. Dr. Robert leaves every day seeing patients, unfortunately many of them are unable to pay anything, so many times they all go without eating.

We are trying to help with an effort to raise enough money for this generous family that offers so much to the community they are part of, to buy food, rent another house and send the kids to school. The costs are as follows:

To rent another place: $2,000
School fees, books, uniforms for all 3 children: $1,500
Lunch & transportation expenses for school: $300
TOTAL: $3,800

Please donate here


PLEASE NOTE: Our goal is to create sustainable support for the long term, and build relationships to combat the root of the issues. While we want to honor the request for emergency financial support, we are well aware that Dimmy will likely accrue more costs for treatment post examination, and economic hardship is an ongoing problem for Dr. Robert and Mdm. Winer’s family. For this reason we are also putting out the request for other forms of aid that people might have access or connection to! For example, ongoing direct care for Dimmy with a partnering doctor/physician or support for the holistic approaches that have helped his healing process, or access to affordable
housing in Port Au Prince, or scholarships to school. We welcome your offerings and ideas to support our allies in the most significant way possible. THANK YOU!