Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Preparation Continues...

Bonjou zanmi!  (Hello friends!)

First of all let's get caught up to speed!  Preparing for a year of mission work has made life quite busy these past few months and I cannot tell you how excited I'm getting about serving at Holy Trinity School of Music in Port-au-Prince!  As my time to leave for Haiti draws closer, preparation for this thrilling adventure becomes ever more important.  I've been working on Creole, taking care of paperwork, and learning whatever I can about my future home!

As you know, fundraising is one of the vital parts of the preparation process.  Each YASCer (the name given to participants of the Young Adult Service Corps) is expected to raise $10,000.  And a big thank you is due to the Marie Cooper Trust Fund for a generous donation towards that fundraising goal.  There are still opportunities to help towards my goal, one of which is an event this Sunday, June 17! 

Through an article passed along by a friend, I stumbled across a documentary made in 2011 by students from Lawrence University.  The documentary, Kenbe La - Hold On, explores the importance and impact of music in Haiti.  Filming for this movie began in December of 2009, just weeks before the devastating earthquake that hit on January 12, 2010.  The students were determined, more than ever, to capture story of music in this nation as it gave people something to hold on to and instilled hope.  

On Sunday, June 17 at 6 p.m. a screening of this extraordinary documentary will be held in the Tilford Room of Christ Episcopal Church.  Join us for a potluck dinner, the documentary, and a Q&A with one of the film makers via Skype.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Haiti, Holy Trinity School of Music, and the significance of music to Haiti's people.  The screening is free of charge, but donations are gladly welcomed!

To learn more about Kenbe La - Hold On, visit

For directions to Christ Episcopal Church, visit

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