(Albany) - January 12, 2011 marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Leaving an already impoverished Caribbean country with 250,000 casualties and two million people affected throughout the country. Now after Hurricane Thomas, more than 10,000 people are affected by the sudden outbreak of cholera, which has claimed thousands of lives and as of this date, and has not yet reached its peak.
Yet with all that Haiti has endured, there are many signs of hope.
In order to celebrate that hope and to raise awareness and funding to support relief, a group of area churches and not-for-profits working in Haiti are sponsoring - “Rhythms of Hope — Working in Harmony to Help Haiti”.
The evening will celebrate those who have survived to rebuild Haiti and remember those that lost their lives. The event takes place at the Cathedral of All Saints, Swan St. Albany, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and boasts an evening filled with a wide variety of musical talent, food, auctions, and inspirational stories and activities specifically designed to raise awareness, educate and motivate the expected 400+ guests.
The Entertainment Features:
- The Agape Gospel Singers
- Youth Chorale for Haiti - singing the newly composed song “To Haiti”
- The Reverberators
- The Right Reverend William H. Love, Bishop of Albany
- The Reverend Jean Milor Medela from Lascahobas, Haiti
- St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Choir
- St. George’s Episcopal Church Choir
- St. John’s Episcopal Church Praise and Worship Chorus
- And many more distinguished guests
Together, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and To Love a Child, Inc. working with RPI's Engineers for a Sustainable World, form a local partnership that assists an orphanage and four schools and churches in Haiti. They reach over 1,000 children and touching thousands of other adults. The partnership’s goal is to build relationships throughout Haiti’s Central Plateau and provide services and resources that will assist in creating self-sustaining programs to improve family environments and communities.
Tom Holland the leader of the Reverberators, the featured band for the event has composed an new song that will be performed by the Youth Chorale and later by all the choirs. The band contribute their talents several times a year to efforts that help people who are less fortunate, playing at Gilda’s Place and the Children’s Cancer Ward at Albany Med. Many of their songs tell stories about; being away from home, missing family and friends, reflecting on growing up, grieving for loved ones, hoping for the best for the future. Yet they would tell you, the poignancy in the songs doesn’t begin to match the unimaginable things the people of Haiti go through every day.
Tickets are available at all locations or on the website at www.RhythmsofHope.org:
Honorary Committee $50 Adults $15
Students and Seniors $10 Families (with children under 18) $30
For more information visit the website www.RhythmsofHope.org
In addition to the program above on Wednesday, December 1, at the Pastoral Center,
Post-Disaster Community Development in Haiti
Christophe Rodrigue and Josue Andre
(Association of Peasants of Fondwa),
and Loretta Pyles, PhD (Univ. at Albany, SUNY)
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010
At the Pastoral Center
40 N. Main Avenue, Albany
(between Western & Washington Aves.)
Albany – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 10 North Main Ave, is pleased to announce that on Friday, November 5, at 6 p.m. they will host a dinner to benefit the people of Central Haiti.
The evening will feature a simple meal created from a number of commonly served Haitian recipes. Children will be able to make Haitian themed craft items. In addition, a limited number of Haitian hand-painted crafts will be available for purchase during the event.
Although dinner is free to the public, a good will offering will be requested from those who attend.
The dinner is part of a long-term effort by the St. Andrew’s Haiti partnership to help the people of Haiti’s central plateau. The key component of that effort is the “$1 A Day for Haiti” program. We cannot exaggerate the scope of last year’s earthquake in an already fragile place like Haiti.
Since the January earthquake that stuck Haiti, more than six hundred thousand Haitians have fled the capital, Port au Prince, and headed back to the relative safety of the central plateau. This has put a greater demand on the already strained resources of this impoverished section of Haiti. St. Andrew’s has joined in a mission partnership with the parish of Christ the King in Lahoye, Haiti. Part of that mission is to support the health and wellbeing of the community and the students of the St. Jacques School.
For more information about the dinner or about how you can help the people of Central Haiti call (518) 489 4747 or e-mail us at ParishOffice@StAndrewsAlbany.org.
Media Contact: Rob Lillpopp