Music School in Haiti

Geologos sin Fronteras-Italia- ONLUS, promoted and developed between 2011 and 2012 a Water Supply Project for the Community of Guerin, a rural community of about 8,000 inhabitants (continuously growing), lplaced a few kilometers from the town of Leogane, in Haiti.
Leogane and Guerin aretowns that have been strongly affected by the earthquake of 2010.
Before the arrival of GSF-Italia-ONLUS, the only domestic water that people could use, was at a Shell service station about 1.5 km from the village. People went daily with their buckets, on foot, or by bicycle, or wheelbarrows.
The project was developed through the drilling of a well in the center of the village, with the installation of two submersible pumps inside the well, powered by solar panels, the construction of two elevated tanks (approximately 4 sq. metres each) and a simple water distribution system through public drinking fountains (6), positioned in points strategic for the Community. (see photos attached)
The main part of the project was the widespread training of the future beneficiaries, who created a "water committee" dealing both with the financial management of the Project ( organizing a kind of ticket for each family to pay a monthly fee for water ), and the ordinary and extraordinary maintenance of the same.
The project (which was part of a larger global project consisting in the complete provisioning of four Communities) was completed in May 2012 and officially opened in November 2012.
The Association JPG (Jeunes Progresistes du Guerin) in the Community of Guerin is very active ; it is an association of young people resident in the Community, who aim at improving (with good results) the living conditions of young people in the Community through social projects of different nature (they have founded a school for deaf children, very active in the area, as it is the only one, they have created a small workshopwhere they sell jewelry in order to finance their activities, they attend to professional training courses in the near town of Leogane and then they form the rest of the Community, etc.. etc.).
JPG is today the link between the Project and GSF-Italia-ONLUS, the two Associations are constantly in contact, and JPG is responsible for monitoring the project and reporting periodically to GSF-Italia-ONLUS the conditions of the well.
Some members of the JPG are professional musicians, eager to get involved and to serve the youth of their communities and the communities nearby, sharing their competence.
This is why H2On was created: a project that follows up the main credo of GSF-Italia-ONLUS "from water…onwards," the realization of a professional school of music , in a community that now has drinking water, a fundamental need for the development of a solid and socially independent Community .
The Project will use, as a seat, the "multi-function" school (see photo attached) that JPG have in the Community of Guerin and which already houses the various courses and workshops that JPG organizes .
As already mentioned, inside the JPG and the Guerin Community there are already some professional musicians, who all the same have to be prepared and trained, so that they can become teachers themselves, in a short time.
To do this, GSF-Italia-ONLUS and Zimbo-Ita Project will employ, as Artistic Director Massimo Covini, a former drum teacher at the Center for Artistic Education Arcademia of Omegna, and at the School of Music Arturo Toscanini in Verbania He is also the founder of Zimbo-Ita Project , through which, since 2011, he has been teaching drums and music communication in Zimbabwe and South Africa and, and, as a trainer, among others, of Blessing Chimanga, an experienced music teacher in Zimbabwe, who created several workshops of musical communication and courses for the profession of musician in Africa, in various structures including the Watershed College, Marondera, Zimbabwe. They will be joined by other professional musicians and teachers, former friends and associates of GSF-Italia-ONLUS and Zimbo-Ita Project.
The Project proposes for the future, short stages with musicians from Italy and other countries, in order to continue to give the Project and the School, an imprint of International and “no borders”communication which is at the origin. The cultural exchange, different life-styles and different styles of music are a key part of the Project as well as the use of different musical instruments, including the traditional, in order to search a unique sound.


Marta Bravi
Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan

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