The Association for Cultural Equity has a long and meaningful relationship with the people and culture of Haiti, and we urge everyone in our community to donate to an appropriate organization in support of the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti. Below you will find organizations large and small who are doing vital work, and some opportunities for targeted giving. These organizations are compiled from recommendations by the Green Foundation, Beldock Levine and Hoffman, the Rock Foundation, and our colleague, Louis Carl St. Jean:
Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschappelles, Haiti. Jenifer Grant, a good friend of ACE, is on the board and head of development. Her parents founded the hospital more than 50 years ago. The hospital was not damaged and will be picking up a lot of the sick and the injured from the earthquake. Donations made to the hospital (Attention: Jenifer Grant) would go directly to care, hiring more doctors, etc.
Clinton Foundation They have been working on the ground in Haiti for months, building a better future for Haitians on several fronts, including water supply, infrastructure, medical care, education, and more. Now they are helping coordinate much of the relief effort. From Bill Clinton's editorial in the NY Times: "Establishing this foundation for a better Haitian future will require assistance from governments, businesses and private citizens. The people of Haiti deserve our support. Those eager to help can donate through the U.N. effort, my own foundation or by text message (text "HAITI" to 20222 to donate $10 to U.N. relief efforts)."
Doctors Without Borders The humanitarian organization delivers medical care to people caught in crisis. Donations to its Haiti relief efforts will go toward repairing the obstetrics and trauma hospitals in Haiti that were damaged in the earthquake. They also will go to transporting an additional 70 doctors and medical supplies to the island in an effort to set up makeshift emergency medical response centers. To donate, go to the site or call1-888-392-0392.
Partners In Health Partners In Health staff in Boston and Haiti are working to collect as much information as possible about the conditions on the ground, the relief efforts taking shape, and all relevant logistics issues in order to respond efficiently and effectively to the most urgent needs in the field. PIH’s coordinated relief efforts leverage the skills of more than 120 doctors and nearly 500 nurses and nursing assistants who work at Zanmi Lasante’s sites.
An opportunity for Haitian To Haitian Relief through an ACE colleague. Research associate, transcriber and translator for the Haiti Box, Louis Carl St. Jean, is coordinating a relief effort through his church. A medical team is leaving in two weeks. Cash donations, medical supplies, and food are tax deductible and should be sent to: Gethsemane SVA Church, 1131 East 81st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236, with the notation, "Haiti Relief Team." For more details, please contact Fabienne G. Ulysse, at (718) 541-4925 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Mrs. Ulysse is a health care professional.
ACE's Haiti Repatriation and Cultural Preservation Project was selected as an outstanding project of the Clinton Global Initiative in Haiti, sponsored by the Green Family Foundation, a humanitarian agency based in Miami and operating in Haiti, and a partner of the CGI.
The project brings to light the recordings Alan Lomax made in Haiti for The Library of Congress from 1936 to 1937. Over the last ten years ACE, in collaboration with the Magic Shop in New York City and staff at the American Folklife Center, has had the recordings digitally transferred, restored, and denoised in order to return them to the Haitian people.
Harte Recordings of San Francisco is publishing a box set of ten CDs with sound and video drawn from the collection, with extensive song notes and lyrics by Haitian music specialists, Gage Averill and Louis Carl St. Jean. It will include a book, compiled by Ellen Harold, of Lomax's fascinating Haitian diaries and his correspondence with his friend, Zora Neale Hurston; anthropologist, Melville Herskovits; and his mentor, Charles Seeger, as well as with the Library of Congress. Produced by Anna Wood, Jeffrey Greenberg, and David Katznelson, Alan Lomax in Haiti will be released in October/November 2009. To learn more visit The Haiti Box and Cultural Equity.
Together with Kimberly Green and advisors from the Open Society Institute, we are exploring options for appropriate recipient institutions for the full collection. ACE's major concern is that the materials will be widely accessible to the public, to educational institutions, and other outlets, and we have outlined a possible program of dissemination and cultural feedback based on models in public folklore. We expect a formal repatriation ceremony to take place in Haiti next spring.
Over the next few months, we will have the entire collection mastered before it is repatriated, and Gage Averill and his students will compile a digital catalog of the recordings. In its original form, the collection comprised 1,500 aluminum discs (over fifty hours) of recorded folk and popular music. It includes 350 ft. of 8mm film of music, dance, and ritual and over 250 pages of Alan Lomax's diaries, notes, and correspondence about his fieldwork in Haiti.
Copies of the restored collection will be also be "repatriated" to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and deposited at the Schomburg Center for Research Center in Black Culture.
Other key partners in this initiative include Harte Recordings, the Rock Foundation, the Concordia Foundation, the Lake Ray Foundation, and Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP.