Haitian Heritage Month Inaugurated in NYC
May 1, 2013By Tiffani Knowles

Christening the month of May as Haitian Heritage Month, Community2Community (C2C), a Brooklyn based nonprofit service organization working to help Haïti regain self-sufficiency, will launch "Hope and A Future” – A Celebration of Haïti, 6:00 PM, Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Christian Cultural Center (CCC) Campus, 12020 Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.

"Hope and A Future” – A Celebration of Haïti will give attendees an enriching experience, introducing them to an array of international and national cultural artists in the areas of jazz, R&B, inspirational, rock, Haitian music and theatre, a special tribute to Haitian Flag Day (May 18th) and Haitian Carnival as well as the festive "Ayiti Marché” (Haitian Kreyòl for Open Market).

Similar to what we know as an expo or flea market, C2C will feature Caribbean and American businesses and organizations in a cultural exchange of information and services of interest to the Caribbean community.

Sponsored by Christian Cultural Center, New York Daily News, WBLS FM/WLIB AM, Amour Creole, Positive Community and New York Amsterdam News, the Celebration will feature international cultural artists Belo, Haitian Jazz Ensemble Mozayik, and Melanie Charles. In addition, the festive event will also include "Friends of Haiti” - an array of local artists, presenting an eclectic mix of inspirational, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, rap and Haitian music, spoken word and dance expressions along with special vignettes spotlighting Haitian culture and history.

Themed Building Forward Together, proceeds from the celebration will help Community2Community continue its ongoing efforts to restore clean water to the towns in and around Petit Goâve. Launched in April 2011, C2C’s Water Initiative is designed as a gravity-fed water distribution system that will give their partnering mountainside community access to clean, potable water. It has already helped a densely dry population of approximately 16,000 gain access to water. The completed system by this year will directly impact the regions current incidents of cholera and other water-borne diseases.

"The most pressing challenge Haïti faces moving forward is clean water,” said C2C CEO + FireStarter Marie-Yolaine Eusebe. "This event highlights C2C’s and our partners’ efforts in making a real difference on this issue. I invite everyone to come learn how they can help Haïti move forward by volunteering, providing technical assistance or becoming a C2C Neighbor. So, join us and let’s build forward together!”

Community2Community (C2C) is a non-profit, service organization whose vision is creating self-sufficient communities. Mobilizing resources to support the transformation of developing international communities into healthy, self-sufficient communities through the C2C Haïti Restoration and Transformation Pilot Project (HRTPP) is their mission. "Hope and A Future” – A Celebration of Haïti is a free public event celebrating Haïti and the Caribbean Diaspora. For more information visit www.Community2Community.info.

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