Daniel Laurent of Tjovi Ginen (a US-based Haitian band) passed this on to us. Groupe en Priere is leaving for Haiti February 8, 2010 to help out...
In the aftermath of the Haiti quake, we welcome your goodwill and energy meant to alleviate the pains and sufferings of the people in Haiti and the Diaspora. Indeed, having received your messages of sympathy and support we were able to reassure relatives, friends, colleagues and partners in Haiti that the community stands in solidarity with them.
Brief, we are happy to let you know that the Boston-based “Groupe en Priere,” (GEP [Group in Prayer]) a Haiti Recovery Initiative has engaged in reflection and inquiry in order to come up with strategy and tactics to bridge the gap in relief services being delivered to the victims and survivors. Indeed, since the earthquake our members, volunteers and supporters have conducted several activities that were conceived as prayer session and expressive therapy, e.g., music, with the specific intent to raise funds to cover the cost of purchasing and distributing food and water to the poor residing in the most disaffected neighborhoods such as Belair, Cite Soleil, Cite Letènèl, etc. In addition, we are assisting work on a capital campaign to rebuild one of the homes that make up the “Enfant Haitien Mon Frere” orphanage housing complex.
As you will agree, the relief effort ought to be a collaborative initiative, with both short and long-term goals, that would enable Haitians to establish a meaningful relationship with the land. For example, one of our colleagues has sent a message to members of his community advising the residents to consider building “Ajoupa” (Hut) as part of their reconstruction efforts. However, the utilization of wood as energy has led to an environmental crisis that has prompted many observers on Haiti (including us) to remark that Haitians fleeing the rural areas, ultimately the country itself, are environmental refugees. Hence we consider building Ajoupas in Haiti as one of the components of a healthy community model, which would require access to building materials that are eco-friendly including renewal energy, water conservation and, pollution prevention. Cognizant of the necessity for “Thinking to Lead” organizational change in Haiti, we are developing a revitalization model that takes into account the action-learning cycle, complete with planning, implementation, study and action step, so that it could be redeveloped as best practice to achieve quality of life and continuous transformation of human condition.
In concrete terms, “Groupe en Priere,” in collaboration with its fiscal sponsor “Massachusetts Community Health Services located at 1106 Main St Suite 109, Brockton, MA 02301,” is attempting to raise $67,000.00 (write Groupe en Priere on the memo line) to feed 20,000 individuals, which have relocated in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during the entire month of February 2010. However, as indicated above our response to the earthquake is not limited to leveraging funds; therefore, we would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and other interested parties to further explore your participation and/or come up with another activity that would foster a sustainable approach to leading change.
Thank you for your time and kindness we look forward to hear from you.