Amelia Laing is a Haitian scholar, wrote a thesis on the Haitian Revolution, and has spent a lot of time in Haiti. Yon Sel Lanmou respects her opinions on Haiti, which makes this endorsement that much sweeter. See her original post here.
If you want to look as AWESOME as I look in this photo, you’ll send some love and $ to Royalty Free Haiti, a Denver-based non-profit that works to provide essential music and language education to Haitian children. For $25, you get a sweet shirt, and you’ll be supporting a great project (you can donate more or less, anything helps). I don’t often post “cause” links, but I really believe in this one.
What sets RFH apart is that it listens to the people it wants to help. The people behind RFH have taken the time to learn about Haiti’s rich history, language, and culture, and all their decisions are made with respect and community in mind. Historically, Haiti’s people have been repeatedly silenced, by NGOs and foreign governments. RFH is working to break the silence and give Haitians the tools to broadcast their thoughts to a wider audience, be it through music or language education. Their thoughts need to be heard, unfiltered and unfettered. So give. Much love. #YonSelLanmou #RoyaltyFreeHaiti
Learn more about RFH and donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/royalty-free-haiti/
Thanks Amelia. Yon Sel Lanmou
YSL’s Director of Audio Production, Kalyn Heffernan continues to produce songs for Haitian artists. A couple of 2 Rasin songs that Greg recorded in Jan. 2012 were produced by Kalyn. Kalyn created a Soundcloud page for YSL where you can check out the songs:
The 4th Annual Haiti Benefit Concert will take place Nov.8,2013 at the Colorado Art Center. Kalyn made the poster and will be performing. Greg’s band Mute Man’s Microphone will be performing, as will Fast4Ward. Theo Wilson will emcee. There will be a greater focus on Haitian culture and fundraising this year. YSL is partnering with the local Haitian community to provide Haitian food, art, and dance. There will be plenty of “open mic” opportunity for people to talk about their Haitian experiences. Join us!
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In cooperation with J/P HRO and CRS, Greg Cronin led a team of Haitian women and men to plant vetiver grass to restore some ecosystem services provided by vegetation such as soil stabilization and fertility, flood control, and biomass production. The project built community, made the camp look better, and continued long after Greg returned to the US. Greg saw when he returned to camp that the vetiver had thrived in most areas, and was being used in unattended ways, such as drying clothes, forage, and as trellises for gardens.