Thank You for Supporting Literary Week!

A Big Thank You to All

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for your support, your contributions, and for making Literary Week 2018 in Fond des Blancs a huge success.

A big shout out to our major sponsor FOKAL (Fondation Connaissance et Liberté) that did not hesitate a moment to support us in our quest to host the first literary week at the Community Library in Fond des Blancs. Special thanks to Elizabeth Pierre Louis and Erick Toussaint for helping to prepare our young students for a session with Edwidge Danticat’s breathtaking book, The Farming of Bones. Because of Elizabeth’s work with the students on the book, they were poised, more confident and ready to engage with Ms. Danticat.

For a community to move forward, certain components including jobs, education and  health care are critical. In addition, and just as essential, building community together where folks treat each other and institutions with respect and dignity is essential.  Haiti Projects has been blessed to be in partnership with the work of the Kellogg Foundation and we thank Alix Cantave and Dana Francois and the leadership at the Kellogg Foundation for helping us realize a model community in Fond des Blancs. Like Manno Charlemagne said it in one of his songs, “Ban m yon ti limyè souple pou m ka wè… Give me a little bit of light so I can see…”

Literary week in Fond des Blancs embraced literary in all its expressions – fiction, poetry, art, music, dance, theater, even blowing the conch shell.  Literary week embraced the work of  Edwidge Danticat. Edwidge writes in a way that exposes her soul; as she writes, we are awash in tears as she tells our collective stories, making us consider, cringe, laugh, or reflect on ourselves, our pathways, while reminding us of the injustices that blanket our beloved Haiti.  Thank you, Edwidge Danticat, for sharing your work with us and the world. Fond des Blancs was fortunate to have you and your family for a few days.

Other folks who worked tirelessly to make Literary Week happen include, Andrenèse Juste our MC and theater producer of Krik? Krak!  Also, a big thank you to author Kettly Mars, Professor Marc Prou, Professor Jean Marie Theodat, and our PR team Michel Bayard Gehy and Tatiana Magloire, and our local actresses, actors, panel participants and workshop and parade attendees.  Each of you brought your passion and dedication for a better Haiti, to our community in Fond des Blancs. Honor and Respect to you!

And, this note wouldn’t be complete without thanking the Haiti Projects team. Your dedication, devotion, and careful planning and execution is and was impressive.  You even pulled off a parade in the middle of downtown on market day! Each of you believes in Fond des Blancs as a model community, and we see this belief unfolding petal by petal.  Ferry Cadet, Joel Theodat, Jean Rene Leseau, Fenol Jacquotin, Rose-Laure Jean-Louis, Daryce Morris, and Pierre Valette, this week meant more to me than you will ever know.

Cherie Miot Abbanat, CEO
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