Deschapelles survived Hurricane Matthew (see update below) but our hearts go out to the people in Haiti’s southern peninsula. Many of our donors have asked how they can best help the people there. We recommend two organizations with which we are quite familiar:
The International Rescue Group, which has transported items to Haiti on their 56′ ketch Tandemeer for SCEH projects, has embarked on another voyage to the southern peninsula to bring needed supplies. If you are interested in helping with this cause, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/stormmatthew.
You may also wish to consider donating to the Haitian Health Foundation, founded by Dr. Jeremiah Lowney, a Connecticut native, that has served the southern peninsula since 1985. http://www.haitianhealthfoundation.org
Our relationship with the International Rescue Group was featured by WTNH News Channel 8. (Since that broadcast, Tandemeer has sailed but they do need financial donations):
MUSIC PROJECT UPDATE
Who would have dreamed that the first efforts of Sister Cities Essex Haiti’s music project in 2012 would result in the first-ever performance in Deschapelles of a classical chamber concert with six musicians from the Ecole de Musique from Ste. Trinite in Port au Prince? To learn more, click here. CROSS CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROJECT Essex Elementary School students and students in Deschapelles continue to exchange their experiences and learn about one another’s culture. To learn more, click here.
SISTER CITIES ESSEX HAITI RECIPIENT OF SCI 2014 INNOVATION AWARD!!
Sister Cities International selected Sister Cities Essex Haiti as the recipient of their 2014 Innovation Award in Youth & Education for a population of less than 100,000!!! The award was given for SCEH’s Early Education Teacher Training Project. SCI established the Annual Awards Program in 1962 to bring international recognition to “exceptional sister city programs”. We are extremely grateful to have received this award. To learn more about the award, please click here. And to see a video about the Teacher Training Project, click here!
SISTER CITIES HAS A “HAITI SHELF” AT THE ESSEX LIBRARY
Want to know more about Haiti? The Essex Library now has a “Haiti Shelf” just opposite the circulation desk. There are fiction and non-fiction books about the history, culture, and people of Haiti. Come check it out!