Haiti

Orenda - Haiti 1Dear Friends,
My buddy Jeff Tafolla , who works with Saddle Creek, called me today and asked me to share a few words about Haiti. He knows (as I know some of you do) of the close relationship I’ve had with Haiti for several years now. My first solo record “Invisible Ones” was directly influenced by time spent there…even the title is an homage to this place I’ve grown to love so much.
The last few days have been intense: alternating between despair over the tragedy, hope that my friends are okay, relief when the news comes of those that have survived, and grief over the ones who haven’t.
I’m still waiting to hear news of many friends in Port-au-Prince, and points beyond.
I first went to Haiti in 2003 with my husband Todd, extremely curious but not knowing what to expect. What I encountered there truly changed my life…spiritually, academically, artistically, and in ways I’m not sure I can even articulate. I know that Haiti is a place of tremendous extremes, but what I’ve also come to understand is how the depth of it’s poverty and oppression is matched by the spirit of it’s people.
I returned for my second visit in 2006, bringing along my friend the artist Chris Lawson. We traveled to different parts of the country, meeting people and learning as much as we could about Haiti’s history, culture, and art.
In 2007, Chris, Todd, and I returned to collaborate with twelve Haitian artists on an art project/exhibition. It was an amazing experience, sponsored by an equally amazing non-profit arts organization called FOSAJ. FOSAJ is located in the port town of Jacmel.
Just yesterday we learned that the town of Jacmel was devastated by the earthquake. We also learned that the director of FOSAJ, the uber-talented artist Flo McGarrell, died tuesday when the Peace of Mind Hotel in Jacmel collapsed. I am personally overwhelmed with grief.
Yet despite my profound sadness, what I also need to share with you is my abiding belief in the love, wisdom, beauty and magic that lies (often undiscovered) in this much maligned country.
We all know of the suffering that Haiti has struggled against. Haiti has been hit again and again with political instability, corrupt governments (and yes that has included U.S. policies and actions), oppression by their own leaders, and horrific natural disasters. Haiti has often needed the help of the world, and the world has often turned the other way.
But they have never needed us more than at this moment in time and history. 50% of the nation is under the age of 21…hundreds of thousands of the injured and dead are children. They are our neighbors and they need our help.
I’m personally asking you to make a donation. Perhaps the best thing we’re realizing about social networking is that, in a time like this, it is so easy to give, and small amounts definitely do make a difference…especially when everybody gives something.
From the bottom of my heart I thank-you,
-Orenda

Orenda - Haiti 1

Dear Friends,

My buddy Jeff Tafolla, who works with Saddle Creek, called me today and asked me to share a few words about Haiti. He knows (as I know some of you do) of the close relationship I’ve had with Haiti for several years now. My first solo record “Invisible Ones” was directly influenced by time spent there…even the title is an homage to this place I’ve grown to love so much.

The last few days have been intense: alternating between despair over the tragedy, hope that my friends are okay, relief when the news comes of those that have survived, and grief over the ones who haven’t.

I’m still waiting to hear news of many friends in Port-au-Prince, and points beyond.

Orenda - Haiti 2I first went to Haiti in 2003 with my husband Todd, extremely curious but not knowing what to expect. What I encountered there truly changed my life…spiritually, academically, artistically, and in ways I’m not sure I can even articulate. I know that Haiti is a place of tremendous extremes, but what I’ve also come to understand is how the depth of it’s poverty and oppression is matched by the spirit of it’s people.

I returned for my second visit in 2006, bringing along my friend the artist Chris Lawson. We traveled to different parts of the country, meeting people and learning as much as we could about Haiti’s history, culture, and art.

In 2007, Chris, Todd, and I returned to collaborate with twelve Haitian artists on an art project/exhibition. It was an amazing experience, sponsored by an equally amazing non-profit arts organization called FOSAJ. FOSAJ is located in the port town of Jacmel.

Just yesterday we learned that the town of Jacmel was devastated by the earthquake. We also learned that the director of FOSAJ, the uber-talented artist Flo McGarrell, died tuesday when the Peace of Mind Hotel in Jacmel collapsed. I am personally overwhelmed with grief.

Yet despite my profound sadness, what I also need to share with you is my abiding belief in the love, wisdom, beauty and magic that lies (often undiscovered) in this much maligned country.

Haiti kidsWe all know of the suffering that Haiti has struggled against. Haiti has been hit again and again with political instability, corrupt governments (and yes that has included U.S. policies and actions), oppression by their own leaders, and horrific natural disasters. Haiti has often needed the help of the world, and the world has often turned the other way.

But they have never needed us more than at this moment in time and history. 50% of the nation is under the age of 21…hundreds of thousands of the injured and dead are children. They are our neighbors and they need our help.

I’m personally asking you to make a donation. Perhaps the best thing we’re realizing about social networking is that, in a time like this, it is so easy to give, and small amounts definitely do make a difference…especially when everybody gives something.

From the bottom of my heart I thank-you,
-Orenda

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Text the word “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti or text the word “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.

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18 Comments

  1. Tony Montgomery says:

    That is really awesome what your doing over there keep up the good work and thanks for making your album free!!!

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  4. Amy Grant Bond says:

    You warm my heart!

  5. Dan Wathen says:

    Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your friend. You father and mother-in-law are dear freinds of mine. Keep up the good work.

    God Bless You!

    Dan Wathen

  6. Diane Dornberger says:

    Hi Orenda!
    I’m Bob’s mom. I was touched by your words and have already donated to Red Cross. I appreciate your generosity. I’ll share this with Katy. Bob is in Alhambra now with his wife Alice and their beautiful daughter Olive who will be 2 in May!
    God’s continued blessings in your career!
    Diane

  7. Simon says:

    Orenda, you’re a marvellous human being.
    x

  8. Red says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Haiti and for encouraging donations. You’re right: it is easy to give, and any contribution will definitely make a difference. Condolences for those you have lost. Peace.

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  11. wayne westcott says:

    Dear Orenda,

    I am incredibly moved by what you are doing. Thank you so much. It is an honor to know you through your father. God bless you and your very special work.

    Wayne

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  15. Seth says:

    You write about the situation in Haiti so personally and eloquently it is impossible not to be moved. Thank you for your music and for encouraging people to give. I donated $50 to the Red Cross – hopefully your plea will move others to do the same.

    Regards,

    Seth

  16. I enjoyed this. I’m excited to give what I can to those in need.

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