Free summer camp in Haiti

As a Haitian born citizen, I feel a great amount of responsibility to create a safe space for children in Haiti because they're the most vulnerable. Creating a free summer camp for Haitian children has always been a dream  and something that's absolutely necessary  in an environment where children are easily forgotten. This project has been very close to my heart since the Earthquake in Haiti.   During the Earthquake I had the opportunity to teach dance  classes in some of the Tent Cities to many displaced children.  Movement became one of the most tangible avenues for children to express themselves.
The children were very happy to have a safe place to be, especially after experiecing such a traumatic event. It is for these reasons, I believe, that  creating a free summer  camp for two weeks will be such a beneficial gift to the children of Haiti.  This will be a Dance and Sports camp which will last for two weeks. Children will come to camp  and participate in activities from Mon-Fri from 8am -4pm.  Breakfast and lunch  will be provided for each child at no cost. Most camp staff will be hired from Haiti and a couple of volunteer staff from the U.S. will work for free. 
The summer camp will take place in July 2018 in Port- au -Prince. We will accept 250  applicants from middle to high school age. Most of all, I am pushing to make this an annual event. I am also being supported by Friends of Haiti, which is an organization operating through Edge of the Woods.
I know from experience in the past the children would greatly benefit from such an amazing opportunity. I kindly ask that if you are in a position to donate, you understand how valuable this will be for all involved. Thank you so much for your support and generioty.  Our goal is to raise $12,000 by the end of May 2018 and I'm absolutely optimistic we can get there!

Again thank you to everyone for stepping up and joining our cause. 

Nazorine Ulysse was born in Port au Prince, Haiti, started studying dance at East Rock Middle School in New Haven and graduate of ECA. Nazorine studied with the Ririe Woodberry Dance Company in Utah and at the Martha Graham School in New York City. While in New York, she studied Hatha Yoga at the Open Center and worked with Douglas Dunn on his dance project to Europe. She received her B.F.A in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts and an M.F.A in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. After spending several years in New York City dancing with Oliver Tarpage, choreographing, and teaching, Nazorine returned to New Haven where she has begun her own company, Ulysse and Dancers. She’s worked with Yale faculty Lasso Coulibaly from Burkina Faso. Nazorine performed and worked with professor Jerry Gardner exploring Japanese Butoh and martial arts. She worked On Terra Trackus: The Earth Moves- as the head choreographer. At Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) she teaches modern dance technique, Choreography III, Contact Improvisation, Sites Specific, Yoga, faculty Repertory, directed the E.C.A Dance Repertory Company and advises Senior Projects in the spring. Was a faculty member of the Center for Creative Youth (CCY) at Wesleyan University. Dance faculty member at the Co-op Arts High school in New Haven. Currently, an adjunct professor at CCSU, teaching dance in the Physical Education program.
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Mario Last
New Haven, CT

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