We are so honored to have been chosen to be the beneficiary of the the 3rd Annual Haiti Cherie Pride. Love. and Commitment gala to be held on Thursday February 28th. We hope you will join us- it is going to be an amazing evening. Pick up your tickets here!
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Hope on a String would like to welcome a new member of our team serving in the role of Program Manager, Felix Rigaud. As Hope on a String continues to strengthen our impact in the community we serve, we find ourselves in need of new teammates to help us achieve our goals. Furthermore, we wanted to find a local community member with the capacity and passion to fulfill this important role.
Felix grew up in Corail, Haiti and is an active participant and leader in Hope on a String’s community development initiatives. Felix is highly respected in the community for his ability to take on tasks that require important leadership skills. He is known for his sense of wisdom and ability to solve complex problems, which he has demonstrated in numerous ways throughout his participation with Hope on a String. Most recently, Felix led a team of local electricians in planning and installing the solar electrical system that now powers our community center. In just a few short weeks serving in his new role as Program Manager, Felix has already reinforced our staff’s capacity to deliver effective services at Hope on a String.
On another note, our spring 2013 programming session is underway and we are excited to announce our newly added music and dance performance classes. Some of our hard-working participants have reached an advanced level in music and are prepared to start playing in a band. The music that is developed through this group will be pieced together with choreography from our performance dance class. The ensemble is working towards developing a unique show that can be exhibited at Hope on a String’s performances and other outside opportunities. We hope that the music and choreography being produced will motivate our students to work hard at achieving this outcome. This new initiative represents a great example of Hope on a String’s guiding principles in action and will certainly reflect the progress of our ongoing development and community collaboration.
Hope on a String is proud to be the subject of a profile written by Amherst College's Center for Community Engagement. A number of our team members are graduates of the College, which makes this an extra special honor. Click here to read the piece on the school's website!
Hope on a String is incredibly proud and excited to announce that we have received a commitment of support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for 2012. This grant of $14,000 will allow us to improve educational opportunities for vulnerable children in Corail, Arcahaie by increasing the engagement opportunities and operational efficiency at our site over a six-month period starting in April 2012.
With the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s support, Hope on a String will be working to improve the operational capacity of its facilities in Corail. In doing so, we will increase our ability to provide attractive and fulfilling educational opportunities for our enrolled participants. We will also increase our engagement of a broader cross-section of the local population, particularly vulnerable children. Through this project, we will significantly upgrade our community center’s capacity for impactful programming, effective learning environments, and prospects for participatory engagement and social change.
Hope on a String will conduct the implementation of the project in a manner that will itself engage the time, energy, and talents of our members and the community at large. By incorporating Hope on a String participants and residents of Corail into the execution of the project, we will create critical opportunities for community engagement that contribute to our broader organizational goals. We will make use of local resources in order to maximize the long-term sustainability of not only this project, but also to further incorporate the leadership of Haitians into our efforts to increase social capital and community empowerment through participation in music and skill-building initiatives.
We firmly believe that this project is vitally important to our goal of building a platform for community engagement and local capacity that is critical to Haiti’s long-term development. We believe that Hope on a String is uniquely qualified to address these objectives as a result of our commitment to working hand-in-hand with the residents of Corail and the region of Arcahaie. All of our actions as an organization are founded on the principle of collaborating with local individuals to build engagement at the grassroots level. This grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will help us amplify our impact as we seek to help Haitians achieve social transformation and economic development in their lives and in the communities in which they live.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa.
For further information on the foundation, please visit www.wkkf.org