Agents of Change: Ayiti Resurrect

Happy Friday to all!

I would like to attempt to make your Friday a little brighter with Naika in Balance's first feature! This blog is about finding balance through arts, culture, and natural health.  I feature tips for achieving a balanced and holistic lifestyle, suggestions for places to go and things to do, information about Haitian natural resources, as well as information about natural hair (natural/organic product suggestions and reviews). 
The other major part of this blog is about engaging. I created this blog with the intent of providing a space to engage in dialogue about all sorts of topics, make connections, and feature organizations and individuals who are doing great things.  I want these features to be about Agents of Change, Move-Makers, and Taste-Makers. A major goal of mine is to highlight the works, talents and stories of people of color, but more specifically, those of *Haitian* descent, since as you know, I am of Haitian descent.  I would hope that by highlighting those who are doing great, unique, and creative things on behalf of Haiti, that I can promote a fresh, fly, talented and dynamic image of Haiti and Haitians/ Haitian-Americans.

Ayiti Resurrect is "a team of visionary artists, community builders, mental health specialists, and holistic healers with bloodlines in Haiti and the African Diaspora, working in collaboration with local Haitian organizations, to help address the psychological and spiritual healing of the survivors of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti."  I came across Naima of Ayiti Resurrect when I started working with this incredible Haitian non-profit. I was checking my email one day and received a message from Naima about Ayiti Resurrect's Holistic Health Fair, an event aimed at promoting self-healing in support of Ayiti Resurrect's upcoming January delegation in Haiti.  The event was comprised of yoga, reiki, herbal nutritional counseling, and much more. I was so intrigued by the organization's mixture of holistic healing, art, and of course Haitian empowerment.  I not only replied to Naima's email with haste, but I attended the event, supported in my own capacity, and almost went on the delegation with the powerful team! Most importantly, I became friends with someone I now consider to be a soul-sister, Miss Naima.  I am excited to present to you an organization with a mission that I feel resonates with that of Naika in Balance.  So, without further ado, I present to you Agents of Change: Ayiti Resurrect.

Tell us about yourself!
I am a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional artist, activist, and educator committed to social, environmental, racial, and sexual justice, planetary health, and love expansion. I am so grateful to be alive and am determined to always live my life on purpose, knowing we were born right now for a reason. I strive to lend my creative life force energy at the service of my vision for peace, justice, ecological sanity, generosity and a new open-heartedness among the world's people. I am infinitely inspired by my friends, comrades, kindreds, tribe, and freedom-fighters across the globe who are vessels of this great shifting, by all of our fore-mothers and fathers who have paved the way with lives of liberation, and by the spirit of the future generations who incessantly beckon me to move forward. I am a dreamer, believer, creator, builder, painter, planter, lover, peace-maker, healer, designer, culinary composer, fire starter, star gazer, water worshiper, dancer, activist, magician, music addict, meditator, sun disciple, social architect, and poet who believes that creativity can overcome destruction.
I love the quote on Ayiti Resurrect's website. It stuck out to me because it highlights this beauty of resilience, rising up through struggle, and ultimately positivity coming out of negativity. Can you tell us a little more about the quote and the inspiration behind "Ayiti Resurrect"? 
I love it too! It is by Rashani, an incredible engaged artist and social activist. My dear friend Marie shared that poem with me not long before the earthquake, and I read it like a mantra every day after.

I was in India at the time, when I first heard the news about the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that decimated my grandfather's homeland. On the overnight train from Kerala to Goa, we were given a newspaper with morning tea. I hadn't seen any headlines since I left the U.S. Even though the article was tucked in a tiny corner, my eyes have a habit of auto-scanning for news from Haiti. The word stands our like "Love," or "Free Food," or my mother's own name. As soon as the article's words came into my eyes, before I even understood what they meant, I was overtaken by a profound grief: deep, raw, and sudden. I can only compare that completely visceral reaction to something so far beyond me, to the unavoidable sobbing that smacked me when I walked into the slave dungeons in Cape Coast.

The news rocked me, to say the least; and I was far away from anyone I knew or that knew me, or any Haitian community. So I started reading that poem daily, with that conviction deep in my heart, that through darkness we are sanctioned into being. In the midst of so much devastation, I prayed that Haiti's resulting resurrection outweigh the current catastrophe.

I had recently learned the truth of this poem in my personal life. At the time I was just emerging from a time of great internal disruption and depression, and from the depth of the pain I was reborn with a faith, self-awareness, and profound gratitude that far surpassed the memory of grief. From destruction comes an opportunity for creation. In a time of so much devastation across the globe, it is important that we embody this truth, that we were born right now for a reason to take part in the shift that is happening, and transform the story we are walking into: like a lotus rising from the mud.

The earthquake left more than 300,000 dead and over one million displaced and homeless, and scores more living in impossible conditions. With the vast majority of families struggling to secure humane living conditions and their basic human rights, the necessary grieving process was interrupted by the sheer need for survival. I couldn't stop thinking about the magnitude of the post-traumatic stress of so many people having abruptly lost loved ones and life roots.

How could the brokenness of the earthquake be a catalyst for a wholeness? I challenged myself to think about how to enact that prayer, give one drop to the ocean of that conviction. Growing up with a mother who struggles with severe mental health issues and with a strong focus on healing from trauma in my life's work (utilizing art to help heal from the violence of poverty, racism, displacement, the prison system, sexual abuse, and state oppression), I am sensitive to the invisible distress that impede's our ability to rebuild, re-imagine, and get free. I began reflecting on the that tools I have, and the tools my community uses to deal with trauma: art, culture, meditation, music, cathartic dance, story telling, theater of the oppressed, grief rituals, creating safe space and sanctuary to evoke healing, witness, and imagination. 

In the days following the quake, I started having vivid dreams with crystal visions that took place in Haiti. I saw outdoor expressive arts-based reunions with quake-survivors, making beautiful creations out of trash, hanging colorful prayer flags and hand-made lanterns from a tree, planting vegetables, flowers, and herbs for healing. I started writing vision plans immediately. On January 18th 2010 I wrote: "By the one year anniversary of the magnitude 7.0 earth quake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, I will organize a grassroots delegation of visionary artists, community builders, and holistic healers with bloodlines in Haiti and the African Diaspora to work in collaboration with a community in Haiti. We will use art as therapy, creativity as an antidote to destruction, and story telling as movement building, with the aim to help release trauma and heal psychological and spiritual wounds exacerbated by the quake but festering long before its break."

The following months I refined my ideas and talked to as many people as I knew who were connected to Haiti. I was searching for potential partners and collaborators, and as many perspectives as possible to ensure the project's inception be grounded in Haitians’ needs, ideas, and visions for healing. I was so blessed to be joined by Angelique Nixon that spring and Beatrice Anderson later that summer, who rallied behind the vision and committed themselves fully to seeing it's fruition. Together we formed the core collective of Ayiti Resurrect, and would go on to forge powerful relationships with individuals and organizations in Haiti and the diaspora. 

How did you come to work with this specific community?
Our first trip to Haiti was made by Beatrice, Angelique, and I along with Patricia Javier from Ayiti Cherie Healing Project (ACHP)\- who we partnered with to realize our shared mission. This initial trip was to meet potential partners, build relationships, find out what was most needed, and determine a location for the work to take place.

My original vision included building a public outdoor gathering place where all the programming would occur. I had visions of many people working together using natural building techniques like adobe to create the community "reunion" space, skill-sharing around sustainable and self-reliant rebuilding in the process. But that became the most challenging part: how to get legitimate access to land in post-quake Haiti that would not be transitory, and be safe and protected. We returned to New York with a deepened sense of the reality for Haitians post-earthquake and what international solidarity could look like in this context, but no clear idea of where we would make it all happen. 

It was nothing short of a divine blessing when I discovered that a dear friend and phenomenal artist, Caledonia "Swoon" Curry had been hard at work through a parallel story, building a community center in Cormiers, a rural area in Leogane, the epicenter of the earthquake. In response the the housing crisis, she founded Konbit Shelter (, a sustainable building project that uses the wood-free super-adobe technique of earth-bag architecture to construct creatively-designed homes and community spaces. The first project was to build a community center, and she was collaborating with friends and artisans, builders, and farmers local to Cormier to construct it, literally while we were in Haiti searching for ground to plant the seed for what Ayiti Resurrect would become.

I called her right away and we were equally ecstatic to learn of each other's endeavors since we last were in touch. I explained that we were looking for a home for this work, and asked her if the people she'd been collaborating might be interested in partnering with us to host art and cultural programming focused on emotional healing from the earthquake.

She put me in touch with one of the leaders, and within a week Patricia was the in Leogane on behalf of our collective (AR & ACHP), interviewing folks to see what some of the most pressing issues were and what kind of support folks needed. Through these intimate, and sometimes heartbreaking conversations, Patricia reported back that the community most needed support in the form of psychological healing and permanent housing. Many people were enthusiastic about working with AR and ACHP to assist in their healing process and to facilitate a channel to honor and remember the victims that were forgotten in the chaos of the earthquake.

We set plans into motion for the first delegation which coincided with the first anniversary of the earth quake. To make it happen, we worked in partnership with the Assocation Planteur Mango de Comier Leogane (APMKL) which is a local community organization that formed to plant and care for thousands mango trees in the area. Since the earthquake, APMKL has been a serious organizing body to address the needs of the community, including water purification, housing, and food distribution. It's been incredible collaborating with people in Cormiers, because there are so many people involved in community affairs through APMLK and the Peyisant Movement, and because there are so many artists there! 

Between December 27, 2010 and January 16, 2011 four members of AR and ACHP worked in partnership with APMKL, and collaborated with local artists, builders, and healers to commemorate the anniversary of the earthquake, build a monument to honor its victims, implement a mental wellness clinic, and facilitate art and music therapy workshops for youth. The last coat of paint went on the inside of the community center the day after our arrival, and the workshops and the clinic were the first activities to happen inside its walls. (You can read more about the first delegation at

The intention written a year prior manifested, and it was only just the beginning! 

Ayiti Resurrect returned to Haiti for a 2nd delegation this past January. What was that experience like? Your delegation was comprised of some amazing, beautiful, talented, powerful, and visionary individuals. Tell us about the magic!
Ayiti Resurrect's January 2012 delegation was an incredible confluence of dedicated individuals coming together across nations to make an offering toward social, spiritual, emotional, physical, and environmental health in Haiti. A powerhouse team of holistic healers, artists, musicians, dancers, yoga instructors, permaculture gardeners and environmental innovators from the Haitian and African Diaspora travelled to Leogane to work in partnership with artists, healers and community organizers living in Haiti.

Core collective members Angelique, Beatrice, and I were hard at work throughout 2011 planning for the 2012 delegation: communicating with partners over the phone and email, traveling to Ayiti to meet in person and ensure community input in the planning, devising a model for sustainable programming, fundraising for ground expenses, and assembling our team of delegates.

The 2012 delegation was a powerful culminating moment of two years of relationship-building and grassroots organizing. Our fourth collective trip to Ayiti since the earthquake, this time we were accompanied by 17 people who share our vision for cultivating genuine people-to-people solidarity among members of the African diasporic family while reinforcing the strength and autonomy of the Haitian community. Over the course of three weeks coinciding with the second anniversary of the earthquake, we deepened relationships, exchanged knowledge and resources, carried out health services and trainings, and organized cultural and environmental education programming that served hundreds of people daily.

My sister Leah and I went down a week early to meet with our partners and collaborators in Cormier and prepare for the delegation's arrival. The first morning after the delegates from the U.S. and across Haiti arrived, community members led an orientation to the locale showing us visitors important features of their neighborhoods: the temple, sculpture studios, the composting pile, Ducken's tombstone, the thousand of mango trees they planted on the hillside. There was a tremendous feeling of graciousness, pride, and connection.

The next two days were the bedrock for the powerful collaborations that would arise: a healer from Harlem working alongside a healer from Port Au Prince, a farmer from Grafton trading knowledge with an agriculturist from Bigonets, a mask-maker from Leogane facilitating a workshop with an artist from the Bronx, a yogi from Les Cayes co-teaching with a yoga instructor from Los Angeles. We met met in our facilitation teams to plan the workshops and services, gather materials, determine the sites, and spread the word through megaphones, sign boards, and door to door publicity.

The three days that followed were the culmination of our efforts during which we implemented a holistic wellness clinic, carried out an environmental sustainability education project, and facilitated art and music therapy workshops with and for quake survivors. Every morning the clinic offered free services to community members: Massage, reflexology and Reiki; Birthing and reproductive health; Plant medicine; First aid and emergency medicine; Sessions with a professional psychologist; and Re-Evaluation Counseling, a peer-supported model for healing from the hurts of oppression, violence, tragedy, poverty and loss.

The afternoons were filled with creative activities and skill-shares including: Haitian and African Diasporic Dance; Story Telling, Performance Art and Poetry; Mask Making to Express Emotions; Drumming for Freedom; Yoga and Meditation; Stone Sculpture; Self-Esteem, Natural Self-Care, and Body Awareness for Women; Theatre; Women’s Empowerment Circles; Herbal Medicine Walks; Sustainable Agriculture Skill Shares; Recycled Arts and Crafts; Solar Oven Making; and Composting Toilet Construction.

On January 12th, the two year anniversary of the earthquake, we hosted a commemoration to honor those that passed in the earthquake, offering ceremony to those Spirits whose final rites of passage was interrupted by the chaos of massive devastation. And to celebrate the resiliency of those who made it through-- still breathing, still living, still laughing, still loving.

People wrote their dreams for their futures and the future of Haiti on colorful strips fabric and adorned the tree in the middle of our gathering place. We raised new flags on the monument we built in collaboration with Ayiti Cherie Healing project and Cormier residents last year that honors the names of the community members who passed in the quake. As the Haitian and Pan-African flags lifted, we sang Haiti's national anthem followed by a song composed from concepts developed by young children who participated in the workshops. Fanm Haïtienne drew a vévé (a graphic prayer symbolizing a lwa) on the earth with cornmeal and wood ash, and enlivened the space with drumming and dancing as a rites of passage for the ancestors born of the quake. Workshop participants had the chance to share what came out of our time together- performing poetry and theatre, drumming, dancing, and demonstrating yoga postures, for example. It was a powerful demonstration of creativity arising from the aftermath of widespread destruction.

Once the week was over, we had a meeting between the co-organizers, facilitators, and volunteers to evaluate how everything went and to talk about how we could sustain the momentum of our time together for ongoing programming and service. It was such a beautiful assembly overflowing with gratitude and inspiration, and ripe with laughter, applause, chills and tears.

Many exciting ideas and commitments came out of the conversation. Highlights included: sustaining the wellness clinic in the community center for regular care; ongoing agricultural skill shares exchanging methodologies to support the attainment of self-sufficiency in farming methods that sustain the community; starting a Language Center in the community center to have Spanish and English classes; creating a community studio and workshop for stone sculpture; continuing the dance classes throughout the year, and on and on.

People in Cormier have already volunteered to take on certain roles, and our partner organization APMKL is hosting “town-hall” meetings every third Sunday to unify behind a vision for Cormier's evolution, and assess what resources, skills, wisdom, and other assets exist amongst the community to push forward the vision. Ayiti Resurrect has taken on a supportive role of supplying resources, information, tools for agriculture and reforestation, supplies for the health clinic, materials for workshops, and international exposure for the artists.

It is incredible the energy brewing in Cormier right now! It is equally amazing what folks who came from outside of Cormier are taking back with them. Jean-Baptiste Jean-Wisnel, a delegate from Mirebalais (in central Haiti) is enthusiastic about bringing back the knowledge he gained from the composting toilet workshop he translated. He has inspired plans to build one in his own community and to train people in the other provinces he visits through World Water Relief. Carmen Mojica's vocation as a healer was affirmed and expanded, and she returns to the Bronx with renewed inspiration for service to women's health justice and reproductive care. Sandrine Malary who led a recycled art workshop, not only introduced the concept of crotcheting with reused plastic bags to Cormier, but returns to Oakland with a new skill and discovered passion for stone sculpture that Cormier is famous for.

Ayiti Resurrect is committed to continuing a relationship of support and solidarity with our growing family in Cormier. Our hope is that the inspiration ignited through our work together continue to ripple out infinitely, and the impact be meaningful and enduring.

I invite YOU to be part of helping us sustain this commitment in any way you are able! Please see to find out how! 

The workshops you provided participants with were holistic to the core. Activities and skill shares touched on art and creative expression, to mental and emotional health, to sustainable agriculture and other community skills! We're talking about everything from mask-making, to hip-hop, to healing circle's for women, to a medicine walk, a solar over workshop, and emergency medical response! I LOVE that. Tell us about why it was so important to have this integrative and balanced approach.
Ayiti Resurrect embodies a holistic vision with a defined focus. Recognizing the breadth of obstacles that Haiti is up against, from cholera to PTSD, homelessness to deforestation, we challenge ourselves constantly to be strategic and effective in our goals while standing at the intersection of multiple issues and oppressions. While the majority of existing organizations working in the country focus on addressing immediate survival needs, the psychological trauma that the Haitian people have suffered primarily goes unnoticed and unaddressed. We recognize mental health as a human right, one that is instrumental to the health of the community, and we are therefore devoted to supporting survivors in releasing grief, reclaiming control of their lives, and regaining confidence to resolve the problems they face.

The primary reason for an integrative and balanced approach to emotional health, moreover, is simply because we are complex multi-dimensional beings. Any initiative that purports to address healing needs to work on many levels. Psychological health is bound up in the capacity to imagine a promising future. It has everything to do with our relationship with ourselves, our relationship with our communities, our relationship with the land beneath our feet, and our relationship with Spirit. That understanding is why making masks to express emotions, creating beautiful art out of trash, or getting familiar with the plants in the area and their healing uses are so crucial, and so connected. We chose to do work through self-reliant and creative means that aren't dependent on huge amounts of resources from outside our bodies or outside the community. It's all based on the pulse, the creative spark, and the truth inside of all of us. 

How does your Haitian identity manifest itself in your work?
I am very proud to carry Haitian blood, proud of Ayiti's liberatory history as the first Black Republic that freed itself from slavery and went on to assist many struggles for freedom in other parts of the Caribbean, Latin America, the U.S. and West Africa. Haiti has offered so much to the world, and while there are interests invested in portraying Haiti as a helpless nation, Haiti is by no means a land of victims. Rather Ayisiens are a self-reliant, determined, resourceful, and unstoppable people. This understanding is a huge impetus behind the nature of Ayiti Resurrect. 

There are more NGOs in Haiti than any other nation, and most are foreign with white-male leadership. That why it is so important to have a new type of collaboration. Our collective is made up entirely of people with bloodlines in Haiti or the larger African Diaspora and we committed to working in collaboration with local Haitian grassroots groups to ensure the project is grounded in Haitians’ needs, ideas, and visions for healing and rebuilding. Our aim is to cultivate genuine people-to-people solidarity among members of the African diasporic family while reinforcing the strength and autonomy of the Haitian community. Through the realization of this project dedicated to transforming trauma through collective healing, my goal is to contribute in a small but significant way to building a saner, more just existence for the future generations of all Haitians.

So besides being a core member of Ayiti Resurrect, what else do you do?
My other huge endeavor is being the co-founder, co-artistic director and half of the arts activist duo, Climbing PoeTree. My soul sister, Alixa Garcia and I have been working together for 9 years sharpening our art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. We have developed our career using performance poetry, multi-media theatre, print making, mural painting, and cultural work as a medium to expose injustice, heal from violence, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible.

Together we have organized 7 independent national tours that have taken us to over 70 cities, from Los Angeles to Johannusburg, including an 11,000 mile journey across the national with an all-women crew in a bus we convereted to run off recycled vegetable oil! We performs in venues of all kinds (from festivals to classrooms, prison gymnasiums to concert halls), speak on panels and present at conferences, and offer workshops in schools, community institutions, and detention centers. We understand the work of story telling as the work of movement building, and see ourselves as justice-journalists, bridge-builders, and inspiration-ignitors in a self-made inner-attainment business!!

Climbing PoeTree performances are composed of dual-voice poems that explore diverse themes, including: healing from state and personal violence, environmental justice, civil rights, spirituality, global politics, and woman's empowerment. Our latest production, "Hurricane Season: the hidden messages in water," is a multi-media show, national organizing strategy, and eco-justice tour that connects the issues that surfaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the "unnatural disasters" disenfranchised communities are experiencing nationwide and worldwide on a daily basis.

The workshops we offer include: political education around issues ranging from the prison industrial complex to environmental justice, hands-on expressive arts workshops ranging from silk-screening, to street art, to book-making, and presentations and consultations on how to bridge arts and activism for successful social movements. In addition, many of our workshops incorporate S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D: a collection of Stories, Testimonies, Intentions, Truths, Confessions, Healing, Expressions, and Dreams authored by our audiences members and workshop participants on squares of fabric that we sew together into colorful prayer flags. S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D. is now over 4000 submissions long, and as it multiplies we use it to catalyze collective-healing, anti-oppression, and media-arts workshops in communities across the country. 
My readers are interested in maintaining balance through the arts, culture, and holistic healing. How do you maintain balance Naima? 
Balance is an art. One that I am trying to master every day! It is difficult as someone who feels intensely passionately about healing and social change to avoid hyperactivity in a times so laden with trauma and injustice. There is an infinite amount of work to be done, and I possess the will, conviction, motivation, and desire to do more than humanly possible. In the past I have really sacrificed myself and my personal well being in an effort to stretch my capacity to have an impact as an organizer, cultural worker, artists and activist. I have been learning and honoring more and more that my personal health, healing and sustainability are crucial for my long term effectiveness as a activist, and intrinsically connected to the healing and sustainability I seek to incite in the world. 
I have been holding more sacred the time and space I create for replenishment. I nourish my spirit through meditation, yoga, ample dancing, creating art, submerging in nature, keeping altars, prayer, nutrition, and copious amounts of love! I take very good care of my physical body through a plant-based whole foods diet and lots of exercise and activity. I take care of my heart by nurturing powerful relationships with my blood and chosen family, my soul-kin, my Beloveds, and by exposing myself to abundant sources of inspiration. I take good care of my Spirit primarily through contact with the natural world. I find sanctuary entering into the wilderness and communing with the elements and other creatures and beings of the Earth. On tour with Climbing PoeTree for example, we are dedicated to carving out time in our busy schedule to hike through the red wood forest, rock climb, soak in hot springs, or run into the ocean. After the last delegation to Haiti, I replenished my Spirit in the deep sweet water of Bassin Bleu. After long spells in Brooklyn, I escape into my favorite terrains beyond the reach of electricity, on mountainsides where starlight presides, and into canyons and valleys where I sojourn alone for days in intimate conversation with Creator.

How can we contact you and learn more about Ayiti Resurrect?
Anything else you want to tell us? 
It has been incredibly powerful to experience this dream awakened, and I am eternally thankful. Through a myriad of obstacles and miracles, the cultivation of this journey has been intimate and intense-- so close to home and so far away at the same time, so deep in my core and so much larger than me. I had a seed that i planted and many people have watered it and nurtured it, and last January we were able to harvest the most delicious fruit! The gateways that opened and the relationships that formed since the vision for this project was first conceived in the days after this quake astound me. 

I thank the Creator for perpetual support, guidance, and possibility. And there are many people I want to take the opportunity to thank from the depths of my soul: To Angelique Nixon and Beatrice Anderson for believing in this vision, for making it their own, for giving tirelessly to making it happen. You are powerful, incredible, thoughtful, determined, conjure women and I LOVE YOU!!!!  For my Mama for being a constant inspiration and motivating force. My Beloved Adaku for believing in me and being a steady source of support and encouragement. For Alixa, for all the growing we've done together that made this possible! To all the delegates: Gabrielle Civil, Maurice Sangodele Ayoka, Leah Penniman, Jennifer Celestine, Carmen Mojica, Majida Sharriff, Sandrine Malary, Atiba Kwabena, Nkosi Nkululeko, Iya Anoa, Jean Baptiste Jean Wisnel, Pierre Samson Berlus, Frenel Clervil, Dr. Robert Francios, Madame Wilner, and Roberta Doccy.

Thank you to all of those who have supported this grassroots, volunteer-driven work since the beginning! and for those who will support into the future! There is nothing that we can't do together!

Men anpil chay pa lou!

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  1. Thank you list (continued):

    To all of our partners is Cormiers: Hyacinth Judith Laratte, Dubois “Pastor” Edmin, Ismael Luc, Natha Inelus, Louis Noncent, Dimmy Sanon, Louis Frantz Laratte, Marie Henry, Wislerson D Louis, Anax Forestal, Moliere Jean-Baptiste, Zaude Sanon, Luckner P Louis Jr, Clermont Lamy, Nathacha Augustine, Andrelie Gustave, all the Fanm Haïtienne, Dancers: Tisser Desosier, Gustave Alride, Janita D-Haiti, Lucie Clerge, and Fanm Haïtienne Drum Ensemble: Wesner Enelus, Ju Bruel St. Fleur, Rony St Fleur. (Please see the report back for a full list of everyone's specific contributions

    To Madame Ivelia Exoude, the volunteer head cook.

    To Anothony Moultry and Alexandra Corazza for taking photos.

    To The Giving Tree, Eduardo Marrero, Dave Burnett, and Ekua Adisa for their generous contributions and donations. (see for full list of contributors)

    And Boundless Gratitude to everyone who contributed to our benefit events:

    HAITI RISING in California: Fanta Lawrence, Lalin St. Juste, Ambessa Negus, Cleome Bova, Gina Breedlove, Richelle Donigan, Climbing PoeTree, Rara Tou Limen Bay Area Haitian Dance Company, Sandrine Malary, Jene Levine Snipes, Abja, Summerlynn Burlews, Monica Anderson, Shukuru, Cynthia Blancaflor, Karma, Dania McManus Wong and Rick Luckens from the NeXus

    THIRD ROOT HOLISTIC HEALTH FAIR in Brooklyn: Practitioners-- Julie Brown, Jasmine Nefertiti, Julia Bennett, Ramona Knepp, Anne-Marie Duchene, Sokhna Mabin, Maurice Sangodele-Ayoka, Talesh Lopez, and Wendell Cooper; Volunteers--Adaku Utah, Al Spivey, Ayinde Jean-Baptist, Kate Johnson, and D Dixon.

    HAITI IN:SIGHT in New York City: Artists & performers – Imani Uzuri, Climbing Poetree, Mahina Movement, Val-Inc, Gina Athena Ulysse, Sade Dozier, Wyatt Gallery, Vaimoana Niumeitolu, Sabine Blaizin’, Shayshahn “Phearnone” MacPhearson, & Hard Hittin Harry; the visual artists – Sade Dozier,Wyatt Gallery, Kimberly Becoat, Musa, Tim Okamura, Monique Schubert, Alexandria Smith, Richard Earthman Laurent & Francks Deceus; Volunteers – Ayinde, Adaku, Kala, Tei, Jaz, Melisia, Kenta, Stephanie, Asere, & Melissa; Co-producer Kim Knox and Donna Hope

    FUNDRAISER FOR HEALING IN HAITI in The Bahama: Performers— Erin Greene, Artist Javan, Mark Bethel, Helen Klonaris, John Nutt, Red Eye, and Maz & Foreign Sound; Margot Bethel for donating the venue (The Hub); Supporters-- Eldridge McPhee, Marion Bethel, Christian Campbell, Kara Springer, Helen Klonaris, Alistair Stevenson, Vanessa Eneas, and Maz Joachin.