Corail, Haiti: In recognition of World AIDS Day 2015
Caravaan is returning to an IDP camp which is where we originally began our work. This time we will be conducting an event in Corail, Haiti an urban Internally Displaced Peoples camp in Port au Prince, Haiti’s capital. Corail is a permanent IDP camp where structures were built to accommodate those left homeless after the earthquake in 2010. The structures were built to endure the the varied weather conditions the Caribbean can produce. While it is a crutial facility, the conditions are bleak and the facilities for health, sanitation and clean water are extremely limited.
We are currently working to put together our next Caravaan of organizations and to mobilize the community around local music, dance and health services. Zanmi Lasante has donated HIV rapid tests and Haiti Clinic, the Ministry of Health, Equal Health, and Community Health Council are just a few of the organizations we are currently working with. Lakou Mizik will be one of the bands performing adding music and dignity for the residents there.
For any large scale development project to succeed, the support of the local community is critical. It is important to raise awareness in the community about health issues and the accessibility of services provided locally. It is equally important to promote social cohesion between the community and the large number of professionals that will participate at the event. The experience of Caravaan in Uganda was that music can be a powerful tool to do both. We are so grateful to be working with a number of great organizations on the ground there, with their hearts in the struggle.
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