Léogâne Arrondissement, Ouest Department
Weve been getting word from more and more friends and community partners in Komye, as power is restored across the island recovering from the mighty blows of Hurricane Matthew. Thankfully there was no loss of life in Komye, but the conditions are severe. All food production is lost. Many trees, animals, crops and precious top soil went down river. Peoples homes have been damaged leaving them vulnerable to wind and rain. Many of the tree nurseries we started and gardens we planted have been destroyed. The elders of the community say that they havent seen or heard of anything like this before. Looking at the climatic changes, severe weather patterns will only intensify. Everyone is overwhelmed trying to wrap their heads around long term solutions, while attending to urgent needs. Most people in Komye are farmers. This is a very bleak circumstance for our friends and community, losing harvest and the principal source of food and livelihood. Ayiti Resurrect is mobilizing for immediate support for Komye to help restore peoples farms and homes, and offer means for people to eat. We are grateful to have a long standing relationship with the Komye community that allows us to offer direct assistance to families and individuals without a penny being lost in overhead or NGO bureaucracy. How much we receive from friends and allies, will determine what we will be able to accomplish through this effort. Ayiti Resurrect is a grassroots healing collective working in Komye (a rural village in Leogane, Haiti) since the 2010 earthquake. The core collective (Naima Penniman, Beatrice Anderson, Leah Penniman, and Angelique Nixon) are a group of women of African descent with bloodlines in the Caribbean who have built this collective over the past six years. Our collective is Haitian-led, community driven, and diaspora supported. All funds raised will go directly to the community in need. We are so grateful for your generosity in this pressing time! Thank you for giving what you can. Donations coming in after December 1st will go to support a beautiful multi-generational volunteer team of 13 Black healers, builders, farmers, and artists who are organizing now to go to Haiti in late December to work in collaboration with our partners in Komye to continue the rebuilding effort, to restore farms and homes, bring much needed supplies, and facilitate projects in collaboration with community members focused on social, spiritual, emotional, physical, and environmental health. For detailed info about our work, please visit our website. For more info about the women leading this project, see Core Collective Members. For reports on our activities: see Water for Komye and Delegation Reports. And feel free to email us for more info: email@example.com. *The photos of the disaster immediately following the hurricane were sent to us by our friend Dimmy Sanon. *The photos after the Ayiti Resurrect graphic are from the relief effort made possible by this campaign. *The main fundraiser photo is by Andrew McConnel. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ayiti Resurrect is a collaboration of artists, healers, farmers, and community organizers from Haiti and the African Diaspora dedicated to transforming trauma through collective healing. We came together in the spirit of friendship and people-to-people solidarity in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake to support the social, spiritual, emotional, physical, and environmental health of the Komye community (a village just outside of Leogane City, the epicenter of the earthquake). Ayiti Resurrect's initiatives focus on arts, education, health, the environment, and women's self determination through programs including art and music therapy workshops, yoga and meditation, wellness clinics, women's self-determination circles, reforestation and sustainable agriculture. We aim to cultivate reciprocal exchanges between Haitian residents and African-heritage people, while reinforcing the strength and autonomy of the Haitian community.