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Disaster & Rebuilding in Haiti

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HASA CASA for Haiti

Saturday, April 10, 2010, 6:30pm

The Haitian American Student Association and CASA Dominicana would like to invite you to HASA/CASA-A Benefit for Haiti titled "AFTERSHOCK: Shaken but not Broken".

Come experience a night where we take you on a journey through performances of the island's perils such as deforestation, immigration, D.R constitution and the most recent devastating Haiti earthquake. All have left the island shaken up...but definitely NOT BROKEN!

****** EVENT DETAILS******

Location: Student Union Ballroom
Event Time: 6:30pm-2:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
Doors close at 11:00pm

Food provided by Salsarengue: DELICIOUS dishes from the island will be served at 7:30pm!

DJ: DJ Banzi will be spinning something for EVERYONE to enjoy.
(Zouk, Salsa, Reggae, Soca, Bachata, Kompa, Calypso, Merengue, Palo, Coupe Decale, Zouglou, and many more!)

Guest Performances by: Oveous Maximus (Poet)
Metod Kompa (Band)
Boston College Cultural Dance Group

Attire: Semi- Formal - Classy and Sexy
Strictly Enforced! (NO JEANS, BOOTS, SNEAKERS,ETC.)

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Hoops for Haiti

Sunday, March 28, 2010, 12:15pm - 5:15pm, Boyden Gym

The Umass Amherst Muslim Student Association (MSA) as well as other RSO's on campus will be hosting Hoops for Haiti. Hoops for Haiti will be a charitable Basketball Tournament in which all collected funds will be given to Haiti through Islamic Relief.

The tournament will be held in the Boyden Gym on March 28th, 2010 starting at 12:15pm and ending by 5:15pm.

The Basketball Tournament will be 3 on 3 and registration will cost $5 per person or $15 per team.
You can register at the MSA table in the campus center.
Registration will be closed by March 26th.

There will be prizes!!!

Register soon and bring your friends to support this important cause!

Valley Rally

Saturday, March 13, 6-10 pm

Event in Springfield: the Alumni Club, 57 Taylor Street

Community Fundraiser

Community Fundraiser for Haiti - March 8, 2010 , 6pm

Please Join Us on International Women's Day to Celebrate & Support the Re-Building of Haiti!

When:   Monday, March 8th
Time:     6-8pm
Where:  The Bangs Community Center in Amherst, MA (70 Boltwood Walk)

Food, Raffles, First-Hand Narratives, Music, Dance & Art

This event is being organized by the Committee for the Dignity of Haiti (CDH), a coalition of primarily student organizations from the University of Massachusetts Amherst founded in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. We will be holding a community fundraiser on March 8th for Haiti at the Bangs Community Center in Amherst, MA.  ALL PROCEEDS will benefit the Foundation Honor for Haiti (FONHOH). 

Your donation would go towards supporting an exciting project to build a kindergarten through 6th grade school in Lagoun-Plato Santral, a rural area with lush vegetation northeast of Port-au-Prince.  The project, now under way, is the initiative of FONHOH, which is an integral member of CDH, and has already acquired the land for the project.

 FONHOH is an established grassroots organization that has been working in Haiti since 2005, and has established a US branch in the Amherst area since 2007 to support their work in Haiti. Prior to the earthquake, the organization shipped a substantial quantity of school supplies, school furnishing, books and other materials donated by local institutions such as Staples, the Jones Public Library, and the North Congregational Church.  Education is FONHOH’s main area of intervention.  Given the fact that 90% of the schools in Haiti were affected as a result of the earthquake, thus leaving 3 million children out of school according to the current statistics, the construction of the school is all the more urgent.  Please join us to support FONHOH's  mission  of building a K-6 school and to demonstrate that indeed, "A New Haiti is Possible."

Holyoke Community College Event

This event will take place on March 3, 11 am- 1pm, Holyoke Community College, Forum Theater, C building.

Community Event

Give Your Heart

Saturday, February 13, 2010
Valentine’s Weekend
8-11 pm
at Sirius Community
Baker Road Shutesbury MA 413.259.1251

Dance to honor the spirit of the people of Haiti during these difficult times and raise funds to help the work of healing and rebuilding being done by the Haitian and international volunteers with AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team)

Music with DJ Prakash & Friends / 9:30 pm Simple Ritual to honor the victims of the earthquake in Haiti led by Sirius Community. Presented by Dance Spirit, together with Sirius Community

Benefit Concert

Stand with Haiti

Benefit concert for Partners in Health

Thursday, February 11, 7 pm

UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

General Admission $20; $10 for students and youth 17 and under

The Young at Heart Chorus, Tehillah (St. Johns Congregational Gospel Choir), Joe Velez Quintet, UMass Jazz Ensemble I, FlavaEvolution Jazz Quartet, Haitian American poet Lenelle Moïse, Steve Tracy, Haitian American Student Association Dance Group, South Asian Student Association Dance Team, Casa Dominicana's Dance Group Cayena, and other special guests.

All proceeds to benefit Partners in Health. PIH has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years. PIH works to bring modern medical care to poor communities in nine countries around the world.

UMass Amherst Event

This event took place at 4pm, Friday, January 29, 2010, Campus Center 174-76

UMass Amherst Event

This event took place at 4pm, Wedesday, January 27, 2010, Campus Center 174-76

Letter from UMass Chancellor

January 13, 2010

To: Campus Community

We are all shocked and saddened by the images from Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck the nation. When faced with such devastation, it is natural to want to help.

While information coming from Haiti has been difficult to obtain, it is clear that this disaster will require both immediate and long-term assistance. The people of Haiti, and their family and friends here and around the world, need our assistance. Our campus community has been directly impacted, as a small number of UMass alumni live in Haiti and many of our faculty, students and staff have family and friends there as well.

To help provide our campus community with a positive outlet in the face of such tragedy, I have asked our Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life and our Office of International Programs to determine how we as a community can best respond to this tragedy. In the coming days, working with faculty, staff, and student organizations, they will identify tangible ways that our campus can assist in what will no doubt be a global response. For those who seek an immediate way to help, I'd recommend working through the International Red Cross through the following web link:

We will share information as it becomes available and as our students return to campus to start the semester. In the meantime, our thoughts are with the people of Haiti as they struggle with the aftermath of this disaster.

Robert C. Holub


UMass Amherst: Haiti Relief

UMass Haiti Relief Efforts

The UMass Amherst community is helping contribute to earthquake relief efforts. The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life and the International Programs Office worked together with other campus organizations to plan events and provide opportunities to donate.

View the UMass Amherst website dedicated to campus efforts.

Haitian students want to get the community involved

UMass All-American Vladimir Ducasse assists the Haiti Relief Efforts on campus in Amherst.  

Wear Blue/Red Day

Fundraiser at Food for Thought Books

Celebrating Resistance, Making Change: An Evening for Haiti

Friday, February 5, 2010, 7pm

Featuring: Djola Branner, Myriam Chancy, Dee Dee Desir, Martin Espada, Jean Dany Joachim, Lenelle Moise and Patrick Sylvain with the soul-stirring music of REBIRTH. (More info on Facebook page.)

Tickets are on sale now at Food for Thought Books.

Benefit Screening

Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy

Haiti Relief Benefit Screening at Amherst Cinema

Co-Director Renee Bergen in Person!

All proceeds go to PARTNERS IN HEALTH and FONKOZE

Monday February 1, 7:00 and 9:00
Special Admission $10.00

Talk: A voice from Haiti

Talk: "A Voice From Haiti" with Peter Kapiloff

Friday, January 29, 4-5 pm
Memorial Hall

Peter has been volunteering in Haiti since September 2009 at the Hope for the Children of Haiti Orphanage. He will share his first-hand experiences of the devastating earthquake and the aftermath. Peter will return to Haiti this Monday to continue his work.

EarthFoods Fundraiser

Earthfoods Haiti Fundraiser

Thursday, January 28, 7 pm-12 am

Commonwealth Room (Student Union)