Congratulations to the Cine Institute, winner of our audience poll and recepients of our $2000 grant. Check out their site and the other wonderful organizations below working for the future of all Haitians.
AFRICAMERICA FOUNDATION WEBSITE
Born of a double friendship, one that binds both Haitians to the land of Leopold Sedar Senghor and one that weaves a rich tapestry daily between Canada and the French island of Haiti, the Foundation AfricAméricA casts a rainbow bridge over the Atlantic. Our business scope is divided into three modules, which are: training, promotion and dissemination of contemporary art. Our field of action does not exclude any type of media, from publishing a classic book to the festival, through the new digital applications and the Internet, all this, in order to promote contemporary art in all disciplines together. One of our main achievements is the AfricAméricA Cultural Center in Port-au-Prince.
Ciné Institute provides Haitian youth with film education and edutainment, technical training, and media related micro enterprise opportunities. We integrate educational film screenings into classrooms of public schools, train aspiring filmmakers in all aspects of production, and develop and produce films of all kinds in partnership with our students and graduates. The Institute also promotes excellence in Haitian cinema domestically and abroad and holds weekly entertainment screenings of films from around the world at its theater. Using the power of cinema, integrated educational programming, technical training and media production support, Ciné Institute educates and empowers Haitian youth who seek the creative, technical and business skills necessary to grow local media industries that can provide jobs and spur economic growth needed to improve their lives and the lives of others.
The Support Group for Returnees and Refugees (GARR) is a platform of associations and NGOs working on migration issues. While not excluding the other poles of migration, GARR focuses on the Dominican Republic, where many Haitian immigrants are living in extremely difficult situations. GARR was born in August 1991, following the decision of the President of the Dominican Republic at that time to expel from its territory a person suspected of Haitian nationality. Between June and September 1991, more than 75,000 people were thus expelled. Faced with this emergency, a dozen Haitian and foreign NGOs had decided to unite their efforts to contribute in managing this situation. Since, remittances have never ceased. GARR aims to promote respect and defend the rights of immigrants.
Created in 1983, MUDHA is a non-profit NGO that promotes democratic, supportive, sustainable, and fair development, as well as respect for human rights. The movement, which includes women from Haiti and Dominican Republic who have Haitian ascendance (many of whom are workers in sugar mill communities), advocates the tolerance of differences among people, like gender and race. MUDHA’s intention is to influence public policies to promote change in the national legislation to support its commitments; and to support the women involved in the organisation by conducting training and community health plans and programmes aimed at improving their living standards and those of their communities. MUDHA also promotes the strengthening and development of sugar mill communities in general, advocating the leadership of working women in these communities.
Need more ways to support, perhaps even donate some finances to help in the recovery? Well, we suggest you do some research first. Here is a helpful article from Charity Navigator to get you started. And if you find other reliable ways to support the Haitian recovery please share with us on Facebook and Twitter, and we will pass it on!