The Empowerment Project for the Love of Haiti

Mireille Louis Charles


(L-R) Mireille Louis Charles & Rudy on drums
Photo by Presscott McDonald
Interviewed and written by Myrdith Leon-McCormack

When human life becomes your primary goal then life changing decision are not easy to make if they affect more then your own life.
Mireille Louis Charles Haitian born executive for the Green Family foundation did just that. Leaving a lucrative position that earned her a salary that would feed a village in Haiti to stand up for her principles. Driven by the tragedy of January 12, Charles was determined to do something about the condition of her people. What would posses someone in their right mind to quit their job in the middle of a recession if it is not pure love?
Now her position with the Green Family Foundation fills one major hope working closely to Haiti and her people to bring about a new change that would empower the people and preserve the culture, art of the country.
The Alan Lomax in Haiti box set

Full Episode: Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided

In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of inter-marriage, and how the country’s troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves’s hard fight for liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Empire became a double-edged sword.

This story is about Jany Tomba, Haitian girl that moved to NY as a child with her family and explains how she became a model as a black girl, being one of the first black girls to get into magazine covers in US. She is a true pioneer.

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I love seeing people in my industry getting involved to make the world a better place.

oh-so-coco:

Countdown to Haiti
by Coco Rocha

As I write this blog I’m in a hotel in Montreal, the home of Canada’s largest Haitian population. At 4:53pm today there will be drum roll’s heard across the city, and across the world - this is Haiti’s traditional form observance for exactly one year that has passed since the terrible earthquake that devastated their homeland.

In just 10 days I’ll be heading down to Haiti with a few others to see just what has been accomplished in the 365 days that have passed, and how much more still needs to be done. I still need your help though, we only have about two more days for you to send in letters to our office in New York in time for me to take them to Haiti. Remember that these letters are going to children and orphans who have nothing and often have no one either.

Letters To Haiti
C/O Elite Model Management
404 Park Avenue, Floor 9
New York, NY 10016

If you feel you don’t have time to send in an actual letter, we have set up a special email address you can write to also. We will then print the letters and hand them to the children in person. Please remember to include your name, age and address in all the emails and send them to:

letterstohaiti@gmail.com

Please pass this message onto as many as you can. Whether that be through facebook, twitter, tumblr or just word of mouth. As we consider the earthquake that hit exactly one year ago, let us acknowledge the tragedy of the past while keeping our eyes and hearts open to the prospects of hope for the future.

Love,
Coco

P.S Are there specific things you want me to find out or do while in Haiti? Please let me know in your comments.

I am interested in finding out more about Coco’s project in Haiti. 
oh-so-coco:

Letter From Haiti- My diary in this months Flare.It’s now been 3 months since my trip to Haiti and I’m sure a few of you have been wondering what it was like. I’m very pleased to let you know that Flare magazine has offered to print my entire diary of the trip in a special article, out this month. In the article you’ll also find the photography of my good friend Behati Prinsloo, which I can tell you is absolutely beautiful. I’d like to thank Flare for giving me the opportunity to share my message to its readers, and I’d also like to thank them publicly for the very gracious donation they made to the actual orphanages we visited.Please go out and get your copy today, I promise its a good read! If you don’t have access to Flare magazine, I will be posting the diary on here in a months time. I’m also excited to let you know that James is hard at work on putting together our first documentary - a film all about our special project in Haiti!
I am interested in finding out more about Coco’s project in Haiti.

oh-so-coco:

Letter From Haiti
- My diary in this months Flare.

It’s now been 3 months since my trip to Haiti and I’m sure a few of you have been wondering what it was like. I’m very pleased to let you know that Flare magazine has offered to print my entire diary of the trip in a special article, out this month. In the article you’ll also find the photography of my good friend Behati Prinsloo, which I can tell you is absolutely beautiful.

I’d like to thank Flare for giving me the opportunity to share my message to its readers, and I’d also like to thank them publicly for the very gracious donation they made to the actual orphanages we visited.

Please go out and get your copy today, I promise its a good read! If you don’t have access to Flare magazine, I will be posting the diary on here in a months time. I’m also excited to let you know that James is hard at work on putting together our first documentary - a film all about our special project in Haiti!

I love seeing people in my industry getting involved to make the world a better place.

oh-so-coco:

Countdown to Haiti
by Coco Rocha

As I write this blog I’m in a hotel in Montreal, the home of Canada’s largest Haitian population. At 4:53pm today there will be drum roll’s heard across the city, and across the world - this is Haiti’s traditional form observance for exactly one year that has passed since the terrible earthquake that devastated their homeland.

In just 10 days I’ll be heading down to Haiti with a few others to see just what has been accomplished in the 365 days that have passed, and how much more still needs to be done. I still need your help though, we only have about two more days for you to send in letters to our office in New York in time for me to take them to Haiti. Remember that these letters are going to children and orphans who have nothing and often have no one either.

Letters To Haiti
C/O Elite Model Management
404 Park Avenue, Floor 9
New York, NY 10016

If you feel you don’t have time to send in an actual letter, we have set up a special email address you can write to also. We will then print the letters and hand them to the children in person. Please remember to include your name, age and address in all the emails and send them to:

letterstohaiti@gmail.com

Please pass this message onto as many as you can. Whether that be through facebook, twitter, tumblr or just word of mouth. As we consider the earthquake that hit exactly one year ago, let us acknowledge the tragedy of the past while keeping our eyes and hearts open to the prospects of hope for the future.

Love,
Coco

P.S Are there specific things you want me to find out or do while in Haiti? Please let me know in your comments.

HAITI'S President-elect donned a conservative grey suit yesterday for his first news conference since his upset victory.

HAITI’S President-elect donned a conservative grey suit yesterday for his first news conference since his upset victory, as Haitians wondered how a pop star with a bad-boy past would resolve their crises.

Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly, 50, avoided any specifics about how he would lead, and did his best to contain his outrageous stage persona as he spoke of reconciliation with opponents and improving life in one of the world’s most desperate nations. With a large scrum of cameras following, he occasionally reverted to his days as a provocative performer who wore nappies on stage, mooned the audience and spouted obscenities.

"Haitian people, a new era has begun," Mr Martelly said, urging the young to "raise their eyes to the rainbow of promised change".

The political novice has many minefields to navigate if he is to match his rhetoric with the real change Haitians crave. Haiti was the poorest country in the Americas even before an earthquake killed more than 225,000 people in January last year. The pace of reconstruction has been glacial and a desperate populace, including hundreds of thousands of quake survivors crammed into squalid tent cities, is crying out for progress.

"I am proud to have been called to the service of my country," Mr Martelly said. "You have put your trust in me, the enfant terrible. "You have trusted me to lead the country well, to leave the old demons and old quarrels of Haitian politics behind and to manage things differently. I am going to work with everyone: I am president of all Haitians."

Asked about priorities for his first three months in power, Mr Martelly dodged the question like a seasoned politician: “Our common sense tells us that in the 100-day period we will barely have the time to build a small house.” Pressed for more, he did it again. “We are not going into specifics at this time,” he said, citing a need to “surprise” people.

Preliminary results show Mr Martelly captured almost 68 per cent of the vote in the March 20 poll against former senator and first lady Mirlande Manigat.

The musician said he had won because there was a system “consuming (voters) alive”.

"The disgust that people felt with the certain situation has created the need for them to see things change," he said.

“It is high time the ideal of success should be replaced with the ideal of service…. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. ” —Albert Einstein

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