HurricaneMatthew Relief in Abricots

$6,827 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 139 people in 5 months
Dasha Chapman
on behalf of Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire
 DURHAM, NC
Hurricane Matthew touched down in Haiti's southern region of Grand’Anse as a Category 4 storm on October 4, 2016. We are still unable to communicate with the region (as of Friday Oct 7), but from the aerial shots and preliminary assessment of Jeremie, the main city in the area, everything that was not built from concrete has been swept away or severely damaged. Outside of the city, trees are down, houses are ruined, there is severe flooding, and farms have been destroyed.

Dasha Chapman (who is managing this page) is a scholar and a dancer currently based in Durham, NC, a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University, who has been doing work with Haitian dance artists and activists since 2009. One of my closest collaborators of 4 years, Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire, is from Abricots, a town 1.5 hours from Jeremie. Sebastien runs a small chocolate business, Tahomey, that works with Abricots cacao farmers, and he is a dancer who teaches classes and choreographs with local youth in Abricots, as well as in Jeremie, Port-au-Prince, and other places in both Haiti and internationally. He is a passionate educator and entrepreneur who is deeply invested in the development of local agriculture and youth in Abricots. Sebastien’s father (in the photo at top, on the right) has long been committed to the fortification of Abricots as a leader in local initiatives.

 Tahomey chocolate produced in Abricots, with partial map of the region.

Sebastien, center, with his dancers from Jeremie and Abricots.

Sebastien teaching dance.


Sebastien was in Boston when the hurricane struck Haiti and he has yet to receive word of his family and friends in the region.


The money raised by this fund will go DIRECTLY to Sebastien’s family, friends, and local contacts in Abricots. They have been living and active in the affairs of the region for many years and know the local landscape. They will determine how best to spend the money depending on their individual and collective needs, whether it be for house repairs, investment in livestock and crops, education for their children, or rebuilding the agricultural infrastructure.


 

Contrary to images of Haiti we see perpetuated in the mainstream media, Grand’Anse is beautifully lush. This region is Haiti's breadbasket, where much of the country’s food is grown and where most people live on what they grown from the land. Any contribution you could make will help people rebuild their homes, their farms, and their lives in the ways the community knows best. This form of direct giving is the most effective way to help improve people’s situations.


Thank you so much for any contribution you can make.

Sebastien will withdraw funds every Monday beginning October 10, and transfer them to his family as soon as people are able to receive money in the region.
 
Dasha (and Sebastien at later dates) will post updates on how the families are doing with the help you have provided.
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Update 2
Posted by Dasha Chapman
5 months ago
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Dear all,
EVERYTHING IS TO BE REBUILT.

Like Dasha mentioned, I finally spoke to my parents. They had to hide in a corner inside the house to be safe. Everything inside of the house is broken, even bathrooms. It's crazy. "The scaryest thing I've ever lived" my 67 year old father revealed (the earthquake wasn't as bad in Abricots).

Everything inside is lost. But we thank God for our lives, and to even still have a structure with a roof, as most have lost their entire homes.

After speaking to some people on the ground and in my network, we identified exactly what we want to come out of this as a people and how to go about this so as to not waste money.

Also, we understand that disasters have 3 phases to deal with. Though we contributed some in the first urgent phase by sending water treatment tablets to help outset the kolera rising in the region, and sent a tototal of 500 dollars cash (with receipts) to some other artists on the ground we trust who were in urgent need and were also helping others around them (one of them has a new born baby to care for in the chaos), we've decided amongst me and people on the ground, that we'd like to see us Abricot locals contributing more to the second and third phase of things, because that's where sustainability will be taken into account. With what you all gave to me as Dasha's friend or as my friend or as a friend of Abricots or just a friend of Haiti, we want to try having the biggest possible impact we could think of.

That said, we will buy a gas chain saw that will help the people in my neighborhood and as many people as possible manage all the broken trees in the roads and stuff because it is ALOT of work and tools are very limited (most tools were lost). After this, we will hold off a little to contribute to phase 2 and phase 3 of this situation. We came to this decision in consensus, discussed with friends, farmers, and community leaders in Abricots. Some of the things on the list in phase 2 are agricultural tools, seeds for agriculture, cattle, contribution to a way to communicate to everyone in Abricots for prevention for another disaster and education, and more. We will not be alone in this but that's what we hope to contribute to. I will communicate specifics in due time, and THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS for every cent of contribution you gave.

If you haven't donated yet, please help us reach our goal to close this campaign, and we promise to keep you posted on the advancement of things.

We as Abricots people, we may sway but we insist not to break! And we THANK YOU and THANK YOU AGAIN for your help. Abricots is just very far away and most of the work just doesn't reach there unfortunately, but we insist: we must stand strong!

Thank you, and thank you again! For ever grateful,
Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire
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Update 1
Posted by Dasha Chapman
5 months ago
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Hello everyone,
Sebastien was able to have a very brief conversation with his parents today. They are okay, but their house and land were damaged, and town of Abricots is decimated. It will be a long road to rebuilding what was Haiti's most fertile region.

The support you have shown has meant a great deal to Sebastien and his network. Seeing contributions come in from people we know and people we don't has provided a bit of hope and relief during this very difficult time.

With the help of this money, Sebastien's brother is already en route to Abricots from Port-au-Prince with water treatment tablets (Aquatab) to prevent further transmission of cholera. He is in discussions with his local collaborators and leaders in the community to figure out how best to move forward with the funds.

We will be in touch!
Again, thank you from our hearts.
Dasha and Sebastien
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Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire
5 months ago

EVERYTHING IS TO BE REBUILT. Like Dasha mentioned, I finally spoke to my parents. They had to hide in a corner inside the house to be safe. Everything inside of the house is broken, even bathrooms. It's crazy. "The scaryest thing I've ever lived" my 67 year old father revealed (the earthquake wasn't as bad in Abricots). Everything inside is lost. But we thank God for our lives, and to even still have a structure with a roof, as most have lost their entire homes. After speaking to some people on the ground and in my network, we identified exactly what we want to come out of this as a people and how to go about this so as to not waste money. Also, we understand that disasters have 3 phases to deal with. Though we contributed some in the first urgent phase by sending water treatment tablets to help outset the kolera rising in the region, and sent a tototal of 500 dollars cash (with receipts) to some other artists on the ground we trust who were in urgent need and were also helping others around them (one of them has a new born baby to care for in the chaos), we've decided amongst me and people on the ground, that we'd like to see us Abricot locals contributing more to the second and third phase of things, because that's where sustainability will be taken into account. With what you all gave to me as Dasha's friend or as my friend or as a friend of Abricots or just a friend of Haiti, we want to try having the biggest possible impact we could think of. That said, we will buy a gas chain saw that will help the people in my neighborhood and as many people as possible manage all the broken trees in the roads and stuff because it is ALOT of work and tools are very limited (most tools were lost). After this, we will hold off a little to contribute to phase 2 and phase 3 of this situation. We came to this decision in consensus, discussed with friends, farmers, and community leaders in Abricots. Some of the things on the list in phase 2 are agricultural tools, seeds for agriculture, cattle, contribution to a way to communicate to everyone in Abricots for prevention for another disaster and education, and more. We will not be alone in this but that's what we hope to contribute to. I will communicate specifics in due time, and THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS for every cents of contribution you gave. If you haven't donated yet, please help us reach our goal to close this campaign, and we promise to keep you posted on the advancement of things. We as Abricots people, we may sway but we insist not to break! And we THANK YOU and THANK YOU AGAIN for your help. Abricots is just very far away and most of the work just doesn't reach there unfortunately, but we insist: we must stand strong! Thank you, and thank you again! For ever grateful, Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire

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$6,827 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 139 people in 5 months
Created October 7, 2016
Dasha Chapman  
on behalf of Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire
MP
$50
Mamyrah Prosper
3 months ago
ES
$50
Eleanor Simon
4 months ago

I wish you the best. I hope this will help you rebuild your home.

LK
$100
Lucian Kragiel
4 months ago
$100
Anonymous
5 months ago
$12
Anonymous
5 months ago
CH
$50
Charlotte Hammond
5 months ago
$250
Anonymous
5 months ago
JL
$25
Joshua Lederman
5 months ago
TD
$100
Thomas DeFrantz
5 months ago
CV
$40
C V
5 months ago
Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire
5 months ago

EVERYTHING IS TO BE REBUILT. Like Dasha mentioned, I finally spoke to my parents. They had to hide in a corner inside the house to be safe. Everything inside of the house is broken, even bathrooms. It's crazy. "The scaryest thing I've ever lived" my 67 year old father revealed (the earthquake wasn't as bad in Abricots). Everything inside is lost. But we thank God for our lives, and to even still have a structure with a roof, as most have lost their entire homes. After speaking to some people on the ground and in my network, we identified exactly what we want to come out of this as a people and how to go about this so as to not waste money. Also, we understand that disasters have 3 phases to deal with. Though we contributed some in the first urgent phase by sending water treatment tablets to help outset the kolera rising in the region, and sent a tototal of 500 dollars cash (with receipts) to some other artists on the ground we trust who were in urgent need and were also helping others around them (one of them has a new born baby to care for in the chaos), we've decided amongst me and people on the ground, that we'd like to see us Abricot locals contributing more to the second and third phase of things, because that's where sustainability will be taken into account. With what you all gave to me as Dasha's friend or as my friend or as a friend of Abricots or just a friend of Haiti, we want to try having the biggest possible impact we could think of. That said, we will buy a gas chain saw that will help the people in my neighborhood and as many people as possible manage all the broken trees in the roads and stuff because it is ALOT of work and tools are very limited (most tools were lost). After this, we will hold off a little to contribute to phase 2 and phase 3 of this situation. We came to this decision in consensus, discussed with friends, farmers, and community leaders in Abricots. Some of the things on the list in phase 2 are agricultural tools, seeds for agriculture, cattle, contribution to a way to communicate to everyone in Abricots for prevention for another disaster and education, and more. We will not be alone in this but that's what we hope to contribute to. I will communicate specifics in due time, and THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS for every cents of contribution you gave. If you haven't donated yet, please help us reach our goal to close this campaign, and we promise to keep you posted on the advancement of things. We as Abricots people, we may sway but we insist not to break! And we THANK YOU and THANK YOU AGAIN for your help. Abricots is just very far away and most of the work just doesn't reach there unfortunately, but we insist: we must stand strong! Thank you, and thank you again! For ever grateful, Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire

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