Haitian Help

I received this information in an email last week, however giving recent events in Haiti, I thought it should be shared so that others could have the opportunity to support this well established endeavor.

Meet, Eat, Drink, Dance, Donate!

Bead and sequined banner: "La Sirenne"What: The 8th Annual Merci D’Avance Dance
(Thanks in Advance Dance)

Where: Messina Italian Restaurant
When: Saturday 16 January 6 pm – midnight
Cost: $20 at the door; Italian buffet and 2 raffle tickets

Every year our winter dance fundraiser ensures that the small, rural community of Matènwa, Haiti will continue the economic development and education so crucial to their growth and survival.

Matenwa is a small, rural Haitian community in the mountains of Lagonav, an island in Haiti’s great, blue bay. Life on Lagonav is spare and hard. Poverty forces deforestation that ruins the balance of nature, eroding away the topsoil – which in turn washes down to the sea killing off edible fish.

The village of Matenwa has survived for generations by farming small family plots and slowly turning trees into charcoal for sale. Women and children travel miles to collect precious water from a scattering of mountain springs. It becomes more and more difficult to survive by doing things the old ways in a region largely abandoned by the Haitian government. There is a constant struggle to afford rice, fuel and medicine. Women, who do much of the labor and child-raising, battle to keep their families fed, often depending on other family members, or men who have less work as traditional farming methods fail.  Learn More.

In case of a blizzard, please consider donating by check

or on our website.  Thanks in advance!