We visited Timoun Yo Se Espwa Ayiti (Children Are Haiti’s Hope) orphanage in Carrefour to meet the beautiful children who lost their parents in the earthquake of 2010. We gave them their own flutes and their excitement was priceless.
We sat down with the staff of Haiti Scholarship Association and discussed the numerous projects they are involved in: from the primary schools and music school to the feed-a-kid-a-day program and annual medical check up program that HSA coordinates.
We visited Cite Soleil to examine the outreach center and construction projects taking place.
Unfortunately, prior to our arrival, the children and faculty of the Cite Soleil School of Music were held up at gunpoint by local armed gang members and the initial musical instruments were confiscated.
In order to keep the kids safe from such gang activity, the music school was moved to Léogâne, outside of Cite Soleil.
We successfully brought 240 flutes to all the 240 kids at the new music school in Léogâne, along with 20 extra musical instruments for the music school itself, including: trumpets, a saxophone, an accordion, some violins, a guitar, and an array of African percussion.