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.
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!
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!
with additional tax-deductible opportunities to give via check, cash or credit
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!
Maya 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.
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!
We 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!
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.
Ayiti 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!
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!
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!!!