In a dining room in a wealthy district in the hills above Haiti’s capital, waiters in black outfits whisk plates of crunchy malanga fritters and creamy polenta to well-off locals and tourists. In the kitchen, the chef ladles glistening, fresh conch into a pot as his staff dice tomatoes and watercress.
Earlier this year, DJ/producer Michael Brun released the single “Wherever I Go” to benefit the Haitian nonprofit organization Artists for Peace and Justice. He doubled down on that commitment this week by announcing the “Wherever I Go” Beach Party to support scholarships for the class of 2017 at the Audio Institute in Jacmel, Haiti.
It may seem like the TOMS shoe, that soft canvas slip-on worn by socialites and children in Rwanda alike, is omnipresent, but in truth, it’s the company chief who’s everywhere. Blake Mycoskie, the Los Angeles–based founder of TOMS, estimates that he’s visited “25, 30 countries” for either work or play; he circles the globe scouting locations where they can establish “giving partnerships”—part of the One for One campaign, where, say, a free pair of shoes is given away for every pair purchased, or eye care is offered for every pair of glasses sold.
Ciné Institute, Haiti’s only film school is at the helm of fostering a new generation of Haitian filmmakers. For those unfamiliar with the school which launched in 2008, Ciné Institute’s mission “gives a powerful voice to Haiti’s storytellers” bringing in local and international leaders and filmmakers to help build an emerging film industry.
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