We know that we are nearly two months into 2018 already, but our calendars are still ripe for lifelong experiences and lessons. So far we’ve learned that popularity and wealth are not good prerequisites or indicators of effective leadership; hard work, determination and unity pay off (congratulations to Haiti’s women soccer team); and now, more than ever, Haiti needs our collective efforts to regain the economic preeminence that it once enjoyed. We refuse to be perceived as inferior and are thankful when influential people, like Conan O’Brien and Anderson Cooper, use their platforms to defend and expose our history and culture.
Their activism—in response to recent events—serve as reminders for our organization to continue thriving in the face of adversity, and to remember why we do what we do. In the final analysis, we want to set an example for the younger generation of Haitians so they can take our baton of passion and run with it. We want Haiti to be seen and discussed…in a positive light. Of course we know this will take much time and work, but we are committed to the journey ahead.
Last year, we were able to host our first 5K Run/Walk and Family Comedy Show, featuring popular Haitian comedians, TonTon Bicha and Kako. We also coordinated a medical mission trip to Haiti, where we distributed medication, met with patients, presented a health lecture, and sat with local officials to brainstorm and discuss ideas that will help us expand our reach and impact. The supportive men and women who stood with us made all of our efforts possible.
This year, we want to keep the momentum going by getting involved in Haitian communities, locally and abroad. In just a couple of months, we will be hosting Jbeatz Chicago’s Album Release Party on April 28, 2018 in Chicago, IL and our Second Annual 5K for Hope Run/Walk at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, FL on May 5, 2018, which will be bigger and better than the last one. We look forward to seeing both familiar AND new faces. Please check our page at www.sndhaiti.org periodically for upcoming events. See you soon!