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.
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!!!
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
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.
SUPPORT FOR UJAAMA FAMILY!
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
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!
We are so grateful to everyone who donated items or money to send supplies to our sister and brother’s in Cormiers, Leogane, Haiti! Callie took off this morning with an enormous suitcase filled with novels and poetry books, Spanish, French & Kreyol dictionaries and language learning books, notepads and notebooks, sheets and pillow cases, and LOTS of first aid/medical supplies and baby care products. We are so grateful for your generosity and for those that helped spread the word!!! The drive continues for the next trip, so please keep us in mind if you have a working laptop, sheets, books, etc to share. See full list on the Contribute Page. MESI ANPIL!
Members of Konbit Shelter, our allies who are responsible for building the community center, are going back to Cormier on June 18th. Dear Callie is willing to bring some supplies on Ayiti Resurrect’s behalf to support community members’ ambitions for sustaining the wellness clinic, establishing a language center in the community center, and starting computer classes. We write to see if you are able to donate any of the following supplies, or make a monetary contribution to enable their purchase!
- First aid supplies
(i.e Iodine. Alcohol, Gauze, Band-aids, bandages, things to sterilize, stuff for sprains)
- Massage oils
- Birthing kits
- Laptop computers
- Spanish and English books (esp. language learning books or dictionaries)
We must receive donations by Sunday, June 17th!!!
Please mail supplies to Naima Penniman, 395 Ocean Ave #3S, Brooklyn NY, 11226
OR write firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange pick up!
We realize this is a short window! Contribute if you can. We will also be doing an ongoing drive for materials to bring down in future trips, and raising funds for other supplies (from cots to chalk boards) that are too big to carry.
Thank you for helping sustain Ayiti Resurrect’s commitment to continuing a relationship of support and solidarity with our growing family in Cormier! Men anpil chay pa lou!