Arts, music event to raise money for Haitian orphansWritten by Sanya Ali | | email@example.com
Haitian locals are not living the romanticized vacation of the traveler. Homes are constructed from cardboard boxes. Children run around naked with stomachs inflamed from malnutrition. They are susceptible to disease at every turn.
These are scenes Aubrey Crosby has witnessed for years and where she hopes to make her impact. Heart for Haiti, Crosby’s annual arts and music fundraising event, will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight July 19. The goal: send money to help change the story at “Foyer des Enfants,” an orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti.
“In 2013, I visited the Les Cayes orphanage for the first time and immediately fell in love with the children,” Crosby said. “I knew then that I would call that home my family, and that I would try and support them, and neighboring areas, in whatever way I could for as long as I could.”
Crosby said the inspiration for the event came from her service trip experiences in Jamaica and Haiti. She has gone on three since 2011.
“I was moved by how happy and clingy the children were, just wanting attention and affection from everyone,” Crosby said. “I was especially humbled by one woman’s pure appreciation and gratitude just to have her home painted.”
Crosby held an event last year, which raised $1,500 toward the construction of the orphanage in Les Cayes. Crosby said meeting basic needs of those orphans is the next step.
“This year all the money is going towards immediate needs, such as supplies, school sponsorships, livestock — anything the orphanage director needs,” Crosby said. “I’d like to see people come out and have a great time: artists connecting with other artists, musicians with other musicians — all of us coming together to make a positive impact for change.”
During the event, six bands will play and more than 20 artists will sell their pieces for low prices.
“Eighty-five percent of the proceeds raised at this event, as well as online donations via GoFundMe, will go directly towards meeting a need at the home in Les Cayes, Haiti,” Crosby said. “The remaining 15 percent will go towards travel costs for my tentative trip to the orphanage in August.”
Crosby said she wants every skeptic to believe in her cause and hopes local artists will give her a way to stand out in the minds of donors.
“I want people to know that these children are real; this cause is real,” Crosby said. “It’s easy to discredit or unintentionally ignore service groups or charities because they don’t ‘hit home,’ so to speak, and that’s one thing I’d like to see change.”
To donate to the GoFundMe for Heart for Haiti, visit http://www.gofundme.com/aoytv8.