“Everyday in America, we get up, and we live life because we have infrastructure. We have water. We have electricity. We don’t think about these things. We utilize these things. But (en Ayiti) in Haiti, we have to get up, and we have to (cheche lavi) look for life. But despite that, we still get up, we still say, ‘Thank you life.’ We still say mesi lavi.” -Marie-Yolaine Eusebe
It’s 2013, and a major issue in Haiti is Cholera. Lack of clean water and healthcare have made it difficult to get rid of the widespread epidemic. Most families, whether they live in the remote mountains of Haiti or an over-populated city, don’t have access to clean water. Women and children either have to hike or walk for a long period of time to obtain water in plastic gallons and water buckets. The water they have access to is not clean enough to drink, but they have no choice. At the beginning of last year, over 4600 people died from cholera, and 531,000 fell ill.
Community 2 Community, a non-profit organization hosted, “Hope And A Future: A Celebration of Haiti” last Friday, May 10, 2013. The founder and CEO of the organization, Marie-Yolaine Eusebe reminded us that we don’t need much to make a difference. With dedication, we can participate in helping Haiti. “It’s time to be a participant and stop being a spectator,” Marie said to the inspired crowd. The organization is working on many projects, and one initiative is dedicated to bring fresh water to Petit-Goave, a small town Haiti.
The event included a concert and an open open market where guests could purchase items made by Haitian artists and entrepreneurs. Belo, Emeline Michel, Melanie Charles, and Jazz band, Mozayik all performed to celebrate Haiti that night. The audience was taken back to Haiti in Petit-Goave where a young girl taught a privileged, educated man what it meant to live a day in her life. She hiked mountains, talked about the country’s beauties, and met interesting characters along the way. One touching part of the show was the death of a little girl, which lead to Melanie Charles’ electrifying performance.
The night was a celebration of Haiti’s potentials, and how so much can change with everyone’s participation (no matter how small). The Haitian proverb, ”Men anpil, chay pa lou,” (Many hands lighten the load) was a recurring theme of the night’s celebration.
These are our enemies: Poverty, ignorance, disease. They are our enemies, not our fellow men. Not our neighbors.
For more information about Community2Community’s work in Petit-Goave, visit their website: http://community2community.info