The “Voices of Haiti” project

In consistency with the mission of ABF in Haiti has been formed a choir of sixty elements, aged from 9 to 15,  selected among over twelve thousand students attending the schools active on the Island thanks to the ABF – St. Luc System.

“Voices of Haiti” is a permanent Haitian choir. The performances of the choir are held in important moments of celebration, from Easter to the end of the school academic year both in Haiti and internationally. The repertoire is a mixture between folk Haitian and international music.

The Choir members, as well as of the students of  the ABF – ST Luc System, live in the poorest areas of the Island. Most of the “Voices of Haiti” children come from the Citè Soleil slums where over 300.000 people live in tin shack houses, without any access to water and sanitation.

Through this project, which, from the beginning was set up as a highly structured and stable, educational reality, the Choir members have been able to enhance their talent thanks to a highly specialized training, benefitting also from a wealth of educational, cultural and existential opportunities potentially precious for their future. The ultimate aim is to reinforce the students’ real abilities, to stimulate their creativity and to offer them more outlets to succeed in life.

Objectives

It is a long-term program, whose principal objectives are the following:


  • To cultivate talent in our schools.
  • To Create a professional choir with an international standard.
  • To Offer children the possibility to study music in depth, as an opportunity for their future.
  • To Create opportunities for children to perform with famous artists in the world.
  • To Promote national and international art and culture through the voices of children.
  • To Encourage children to be professional musicians and to embrace music as a part of the development of their education and abilities.
  • To show the children the importance of music literacy.

Requirements For Admission To The Choir


  • The child should be in one of our schools.
  • Aged between 9 and 15.
  • Be able to participate in every rehearsal.
  • Be at least a talented child in the area of music.
  • Be a punctual and well disciplined child.

Discipline and work plan

Every Saturday, since January 23rd 2016, two buses collect all the 60 students from 7.00 am and take them to the Auditorium. Two music trainers and a staff of 4 supervisors welcome them with a little breakfast moment.

The lessons are structured as follows:

9.00 amVoice warming and vocalization
Music Therapy
Rehearsals
Lunch
Game time /relax
Rehearsals
1.30 pmEnd of Session

At the end of each rehearsal, two buses drive the students home.

Background

Haiti is consistently ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world in terms of childhood conditions, mortality rate and poverty.


  • 56% of the population suffers from malnutrition;
  • 1 child out of 3 dies before the age of 5 from malnutrition and curable diseases;
  • 80% of the population lives with less than 1$ a day;
  • 1 child out of 2 does not go to school;
  • The average life expectancy does not exceed 55 years of age;
  • 70 % of the population is unemployed

The terrible earthquake of January 2010 injured 230,000-300,000 people and left 1 million people homeless. Today, the country has not yet overcome this catastrophe. In the meantime it has also been hit by cholera and by two hurricanes.

Today the country has not yet overcome this catastrophe. In the meantime it has also been hit by cholera and by two hurricanes.

There is a lack of infrastructures, sanitation, electricity and water supply. Public hospitals are lacking and are in totally degraded conditions.

Particularly in the slums, the situation is of a constant emergency. The access to water and to sanitation is made difficult by the inability of many people to move away from their restricted environment.

The capital Port au Prince is overcrowded and more than 60% of the inhabitants live in slums. Most of these people come from the provinces of the country and migrate in the hope to find better life conditions.

Outside the capital, the means of communication are poor, and some stretches are reacheble only by special vehicles or on foot. Therefore the food supply conditions and basic necessities are scarce, and the presence of institutions such as schools, hospitals and clinics is almost one tenth of that in Port au Prince. Families live off farming, herding, or, in places along the coast, fishing. There activities are often carried out without any planning or methodology.

Beneficiaries

This program will have a direct team of workers to teach, do rehearsals and take care of disciplinary actions.

Direct beneficiaries


  • Team worker: 2 Music trainers, 1 Musician, 4 Supervisors.
  • Standard number of students: 60 children

Indirect beneficiaries


  • Volunteer team in case of big events: 10 to 15 persons.
  • The parents of the children.
  • 12 000 students from all the St Luc schools.