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HAP Coalition, Gala
Dec 29, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis
Haitian American Professional Coalition

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34th Annual Gala AMHE's Convention
Jun 15, 2007

Association des Médecins Haitiens à l'Etranger @ Ritz Carllton Golf Course, Naples Florida.
Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

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Unveiling of Haitian Monument Gala @ the Civic Center, Savannah, GA
Oct 7, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

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1st AEDAP Leadership Retreat Gala @ Miami Sheraton
Sep 28, 2007

Photos By Emmanuel Ardouin

The Association of Exchange and Development Activities & Partnerships. ...more

Inc (AEDAP), was founded in February 1982 by Jean Th. Lindor, a native of Cavaillon, Haiti. For Jean, the vision was simply a desire to create a better environment through several development programs for the less fortunate. Jean provided power of attorney to his daughter Mie. Flore Lindor Latortue,currently the CEO and Executivr Director, to continue his dream. AEDAP is composed of professionals, clinicians, priests, pastors and youth groups joining to meet with existing organizations to launch and support grassroots projects.

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3rd Annual HACCOF Scholarship & Award Gala
Sep 15, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

The Haitian-American Chamber of Florida serves as an advocate for ...more

the community as well a a resource for consumers and business dedicated to serving both the needs of our members abd the economic development needs of the broader Haitian-American Community.

The chamber will be the leading organization that brings all types of business together to act as a powerful single voice. Speaking for all Haitian an Haitian American Businesses, the Chamber will articulate and be a persuasive advocate for business viewpoints and a champion of fiscal responsibility.

Board Of Directors:
Raoul Siclait, Chairman
Daniel Fils-Aime, Vice -Chairman
Jennifer M. Bonnet, Secretary
Pierre A. Saliba, Treasurer
Munir J. Mourra
Paola Pierre
Harry A. St Louis
Pradel Vilme
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Francois A. Guillaume, Jr

HOST COMMITTEE:
Dominique Carvonis
Farah Larrieux
Josette Cantave
Carl Fombrun
Tamara Beliard
Event Coordinator
Judit Joseph

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PROFAMIL fund Raising Gala @ the Renaissance
Jun 9, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis
The board of directors for Profamil invited you to support and join ...more

them for an evening of fundraising and Entertainment, held on june 9th, 2007.

Profamil will continue to provide health care to over 150,000 Haitians. We appreciated your donations. Profamil. Enjoy the pictorial display of that evening.

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Profamil Presentation
May 16, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

La premiere réception organisée par le Comité des Amis de Profamil ...more

s’est tenue au Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, 1633 North Bayshore Drive ; le16 mai, 2007. L’objectif visé etait de recueillir des fonds destinés à financer l’opération humanitaire que Profamil entreprend en Haiti depuis déja plus de vingt ans. Cette réception constitue donc le prélude a toute une série d’évenements du même genre qui auront lieu a travers le Sud de la Floride.
La Profamil compte sur votre présence a une soiree qui aura lieu le samedi 9 juin 2007 a la Renaissance et qui sera animée par l'orchestre " PNP " .

Les amis de Profamil vous invitent également a visiter leur site

http://www.ippfwhr.org/index.html

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Foundation Hope For Haiti - 3rd Annual Gala
Apr 28, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

Foundation Hope for Haiti is a non-profit 501(c) 3 humanitarian or ...more

ganization, whose primary mission is to give financial and technical support to Haitian-based non-profit organizations working in the sectors of community development, education and health.

In keeping with our mission, FHH’s efforts are mainly in collaboration with Fondation Espoir (P. au. P., and regional) , Ecole Saint Georges de Fleurenceau (St. Marc), Fondation Enfant Jesus (La Mardelle), Sonia B. Green Center for Rehabilitation and Education (Carrefour).
By choosing to work in an ongoing manner with a few established partners, and to help support Haitian-based organizations and institutions, FHH actively seeks funding from governmental agencies, as well as gifts from corporations and individuals in order to augment our granting capacity.

FHH’s most recent project is “Solar Water Purification” for individual families that we have first installed in LaMardelle with the collaboration of Fondation Enfant Jesus. With the scientists of EnergyQuest we are refining this model to its highest level of productivity.

FHH’s goal is to serve as a bridge between countries, permitting Haitians and the friends of Haiti around the world to participate in creating hope for all Haitians. Foundation Hope for Haiti’s Board of Directors and partners thank you in advance for your generosity.

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Gala du 56ème Congrès de l’Association Médicale Haïtienne
Apr 24, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

Les pionniers de la lutte contre le VIH/SIDA sont récompensés.
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A l’issue du 56ème congrès annuel de l’Association Médicale Haïtienne (AMH), une cérémonie d’hommage aux pionniers de la lutte contre le SIDA, s’est tenue le jeudi 26 avril 2007 à l’Hôtel Montana.

Les Docteurs Gérald D. Pierre, Rodolphe Malbranche, Robert Elie, Claude Blanchard, Gueldy Parisien René, Franck Thomas, Jean Robert Mathurin, Claude Laroche, Molière Pamphile, Marie Marcelle Deschamps, Warren Johnson, Alix Lassègue, Marie Claude Péan, Adolphe Azulphar, Madeleine Boncy, Marie Eugénie Beaulieu, Serge Veillard sont les personnalités qui ont été honorées. Des plaques d’honneur et mérite ont été offertes à ces braves hommes et femmes qui, en dépit des difficultés, se sont livrés corps et âme dans la lutte contre le VIH/SIDA en Haïti.

Un hommage posthume a été rendu au Docteur Jean Michel Guérin, l’un des pionniers qui fut le premier médecin haïtien à réaliser une étude sur le SIDA.

En présence d’un public restreint et sélect composé de représentants du gouvernement, la ministre à la condition féminine et aux droits de la femme, Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassègue, du directeur général du ministère à la santé publique, Gabriel Thimothé, des professionnels de la santé, des représentants des institutions médicales haïtiennes (GHESKIO, GREMI…) des délégations des médecins venus de la diaspora, notamment l’Association des Médecins Haïtiens à l’Etranger(AMHE), des médecins ont conté leur mésaventure dans la lutte contre cette pandémie.

Après trois jours d’échanges, de partages des expériences entre des médecins, des spécialistes de la santé venus de tous horizons au cours de ce congrès. Nombreux sont ceux-là qui témoignent de leur satisfaction « Je suis très satisfait, je vois que les gens sont vraiment imbus de la question du SIDA en Haïti. Nous autres, on est venu un peu partout de Tennessee, de la Floride, de New York, de New jersey pour apporter notre contribution à ce grand événement. On est là pour aider, pour participer, pour travailler avec l’AMH », s’est réjouis le docteur Pierre Paul Cadet, assistant trésorier et chairman des relations publiques pour la convention 2007 de l’AMHE. « C’est un grand succès » s’est félicité le docteur Claude Suréna, président de l’AMH.

Rachel Moscoso Denis, responsable des relations publiques de l’AMHE, se dit très impressionnée et très contente d’avoir participé à ce congrès « J’ai beaucoup appris et je vois que la communauté haïtienne est à l’avant-garde. Compliments ! J’ai été frappée d’un cancer, cela fera bientot 11ans. J’ai failli mourir et j’ai dû partir pour me faire traiter. Et c’est pour cela, quand j’ai eu ma guérison, j’ai décidé de travailler pour ma communauté et je me suis abritée sous l’ombrelle de l’association des Médecins à l’étranger. » Cette année l’AMHE organise la convention 2007 du 22 au 29 juin 2007 à Naples en Floride. « Nous comptons sur la participation de vous tous de la presse pour venir couvrir cet événement qui est très important pour notre communauté » a-t-elle affirmé.
Rappelons que le 56ème congrès de l’Association Médicale Haïtienne s’est déroulé du 23 au 26 avril 207 sous le thème VIH/SIDA : expérience haïtienne.

Anièce François
aniecefrancois@gmail.com

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56ème Congrès de l’Association Médicale Haïtienne
Apr 23, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

Les pionniers de la lutte contre le VIH/SIDA sont récompensés. Le ...more

Congrès a eu lieu le 23 au 26 avril 2007 en Haiti sous le thème VIH/SIDA

A l’issue du 56ème congrès annuel de l’Association Médicale Haïtienne (AMH), une cérémonie d’hommage aux pionniers de la lutte contre le SIDA, s’est tenue le jeudi 26 avril 2007 à l’Hôtel Montana.
Les Docteurs Gérald D. Pierre, Rodolphe Malbranche, Robert Elie, Claude Blanchard, Gueldy Parisien René, Franck Thomas, Jean Robert Mathurin, Claude Laroche, Molière Pamphile, Marie Marcelle Deschamps, Warren Johnson, Alix Lassègue, Marie Claude Péan, Adolphe Azulphar, Madeleine Boncy, Marie Eugénie Beaulieu, Serge Veillard sont les personnalités qui ont été honorées. Des plaques d’honneur et mérite ont été offertes à ces braves hommes et femmes qui, en dépit des difficultés, se sont livrés corps et âme dans la lutte contre le VIH/SIDA en Haïti.
Un hommage posthume a été rendu au Docteur Jean Michel Guérin, l’un des pionniers qui fut le premier médecin haïtien à réaliser une étude sur le SIDA.

En présence d’un public restreint et sélect composé de représentants du gouvernement, la ministre à la condition féminine et aux droits de la femme, Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassègue, du directeur général du ministère à la santé publique, Gabriel Thimothé, des professionnels de la santé, des représentants des institutions médicales haïtiennes (GHESKIO, GREMI…) des délégations des médecins venus de la diaspora, notamment l’Association des Médecins Haïtiens à l’Etranger(AMHE), des médecins ont conté leur mésaventure dans la lutte contre cette pandémie.

Après trois jours d’échanges, de partages des expériences entre des médecins, des spécialistes de la santé venus de tous horizons au cours de ce congrès. Nombreux sont ceux-là qui témoignent de leur satisfaction « Je suis très satisfait, je vois que les gens sont vraiment imbus de la question du SIDA en Haïti. Nous autres, on est venu un peu partout de Tennessee, de la Floride, de New York, de New Jersey pour apporter notre contribution à ce grand événement. On est là pour aider, pour participer, pour travailler avec l’AMH », s’est réjouis le docteur Pierre Paul Cadet, assistant trésorier et chairman des relations publiques pour la convention 2007 de l’AMHE. « C’est un grand succès » s’est félicité le docteur Claude Suréna, président de l’AMH.

Rachel Moscoso Denis, responsable des relations publiques de l’AMHE, se dit très impressionnée et très contente d’avoir participé à ce congrès « J’ai beaucoup appris et je vois que la communauté haïtienne est à l’avant-garde. Compliments ! J’ai été frappée d’un cancer, cela fera bientot 11ans. J’ai failli mourir et j’ai dû partir pour me faire traiter. Et c’est pour cela, quand j’ai eu ma guérison, j’ai décidé de travailler pour ma communauté et je me suis abritée sous l’ombrelle de l’association des Médecins à l’étranger. » Cette année l’AMHE organise la convention 2007 du 22 au 29 juin 2007 à Naples en Floride. « Nous comptons sur la participation de vous tous de la presse pour venir couvrir cet événement qui est très important pour notre communauté » a-t-elle affirmé.
Rappelons que le 56ème congrès de l’Association Médicale Haïtienne s’est déroulé du 23 au 26 avril 207 sous le thème VIH/SIDA : expérience haïtienne.

Anièce François
aniecefrancois@gmail.com

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GEMS's Event to support FOKAL
Mar 3, 2007

Formal Masquerade Ball hosted by GEMS LLC to support the work of FOKAL in Haiti ---

GEMS was est ...more

ablished in 2004 by an enthusiastic group of women who felt a need to create a place in which women of diverse yet familiar background could come together to create a support structure that would encourage the exchange of ideas; promote self-sufficiency by way of lucrative investments and business ventures; and implement programs and scholarships that will impact the wellbeing
of our community for years to come.”

They hosted a formal Masquerade Ball, on Saturday 3 March 2007 to support the work of FOKAL (Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libete), an independent foundation in Haiti supported by the Open Society Institute and other international and local organizations. FOKAL provides a range of educational, human development and economic activities to local communities. After more than a decade, it has become the leading independent
organization shaping the future of Haiti. www.Fokal-usa.org; www.fokal.org

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HALO 2nd Annual Unity Gala, Soirée Combite
Mar 3, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis, Part 2

Haitian American Leadership Organization (HALO) is a non p ...more

rofit organization, with its main objectives to foster unity, promote networking, and improve the image of Haitians in our community. Although we represent a significant potential economic and political force in Florida, our collective accomplishments as a community, have been limited.

It is also important to acknowledge several non-Haitians who sincerely support the efforts and the cause of the Haitian Community.

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Gala : SOIREE KOMBITE. Congratulations to Judith Joseph who did a tremendous job with the decoration.

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HALO 2nd Annual Unity Gala, Soirée Combite
Mar 3, 2007

Photos by Francois Adrien, Part 1

Haitian American Leadership Organization (HALO) is a non profi ...more

t organization, with its main objectives to foster unity, promote networking, and improve the image of Haitians in our community. Although we represent a significant potential economic and political force in Florida, our collective accomplishments as a community, have been limited.

It is also important to acknowledge several non-Haitians who sincerely support the efforts and the cause of the Haitian Community.

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Gala : SOIREE KOMBITE. Congratulations to Judith Joseph who did a tremendous job with the decoration.

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Reading and book Signing by David Brown,M.A

Photos by Pasha Brandt

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Reclaiming Choukoun / by Bob Lapierre
Jan 1, 2007

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis
Playwright Director Bob Lapierre

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The Story of Little Haiti, Part 2
Jan 5, 2006

Reception for the Book Launch. Featuring its Pioneers. Dedicated to the Miami's Haitian Community, by David C. Brown, M.A

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

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LITTLE HAITI THEN

Little Haiti is the largest Haitian neighbrhood outside of Haiti. From the late 1950's and 1960's many Haitians began to flee their country because of conditions in Haiti at that time. Thousands more fled in the 1970's and 1980's, mostly by boat. These people, know as refugees, came to the United States in search of a better life. The majority of those thar came to Florida settled in the historical subdivision of Miami called Lemon City, now also referred to as " Little Haiti".

Among the earliest Haitian Families that came to Lemon City in the mid 1960's include: Nassar, Jean-Louis, Joseph and Daniel families. Other early settlers Armand, Exulien, Charles, Cantave, Fleurizard, Monestime and Jean-Pierre.

In 1974, Mr Viter Juste, one of the area's pioneers and businessmen, gave the name "Little Port-au-Prince" to the area. It was changed shortly after that to "Little Haiti" by a newspaper reporter.

Many new immigrants had many difficulties at first and they didn't have many people to help them. Most of those that survived the rough journey at sea were sick, tired and hungry. In addition, most of them were faced with a new language and culture.

From 1965 to 1974 there were no Haitian organizations. On february 8, 1975 the first Haitian organization-Haitian American Community Association of Dade (H.A.C.A.D.)- was formed.

Among the Haitian community leaders who helped their fellow Haitians in the early days include: Reverand Jacques Montpremier, Reverand and Mrs Jean L. Louissaint and Sister Pierre Marie Armand. Many of these people took the new arrivals to their home or to their church and provided them with a temporary place to stay, food, care and medical attention.

Father Wenski ( now Bishop Wenski ) spent about 18 years in Miami helping the haitian community through the Archidiocese of Greater Miami. He spent most of his time at Notre Dame d'haiti Catholic Church, very imporant friends of the Haitian Community in the early days.

Among the many activists thar fought for equal treatment and equal rights for Haitians include: Father Gerard Jean- Juste , Jean Claude Exulien, Claude Charles, Arthur papillon, Abel Jean Simon and Rulx Jean-Bart.
There were many demonstrations, especially on 54th street, where people came to support the Haitian cause.

Among the African Americans that reached out to help the Haitians included: Reverend James E. Jenkins of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, and Ray Fontroy.

Reverend Jenkins let many refugees stay at his church and also provided them with meals. One of the first organizations to helpwas Catholic Service Bureau.

Other non-Haitians that had an impact on the haitian settlement in Miami include: Ira Golobin, Irwin Stotzky, Jack Lieberman, Eleanor Ginsberg, Rabbi Kingsly, Len Kaminsky, Rabbi Schiff, Ira Kurzban, and Cheryl Little.

The first haitian dentist in the Little Haiti was Dr Franklin Casthely. his daughter, Dr Lucie Casthely, is an orthodontist and practices next door.

Some early Haitian doctors include: Dr Cadet, Dr Bayas, Dr Hall, Dr Poliard and Dr. Michel Dodard.

Among the first Haitian business in Little Haiti were Air Tap Tap, L & P Express, Sylvia Beauty Salon, Les cousins Books and Records, Vertieres Restaurant and Neptune Restaurant.

The oldest building in Little haiti is the Dupuis building, located at 6045 NE 2nd Avenue, built in 1902. This used to be the office of Doctor DuPuis. He lived upstairs and prepared his medications downstairs. After that, it became the Lemon City Post Office wich has since closed.

Another very old building is the "Villa Paula", located at 5811 North Miami Avenue. It used to be the Cuban consulate, built in 1926 and is now the office of a fashion designer.

Miami-Edison Middle School, located at NW 2nd Avenue and 62nd Street, was built in 1928 as Miami Edison High School. the auditorium is one of the best examples of Art Deco in Miami-Dade County. Lemon City Agricultural High School ( (1915), the second high school in Miami Dade County, was formerly located on that site.

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The Story of Little Haiti, Part 1
Jan 5, 2006

Featuring its Pioneers, book launch Reception. Dedicated to the Miami's Haitian Community, by David ...more

C. Brown, M.A

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis

Little Haiti and Miami's Haitian community have a rich history.This booklet, geared toward younger readers, as well as a general audience, and was also inspired by my working with the Haitian community over the past thirteen years.

The research for this work has been compiled over the last nine years, since 1997, and has truly been a labor of love. Every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate. This work is based on historical recollection through oral history interviews.

Many of the early pioneers ( 1965-1979 ), along with some of the current community leaders, are featured with brief bios and some with charcoal sketches by artist Willer Fils-Aime.

It is every intention that this piece, and the ones that follow, will be empowering to the community, especially Haitian children who have not had many resources available to them to document the history of their community. It is also my hope that through this writing more people will perceive Little Haiti as a positive place to visit now and in the future.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

First, I would like to thank our two interns, Maria Pierrette and D. Barly-Rincha Nicolas. I am also grateful to the City of Miami Haitian Bicentennial Committee-2004 (Jean Robert Lafortune, Dr Rudolph Moise, Co-chairs).

We also appreciate the support of the Green Family Foundation and the Wallack Family Foundation. A very special thank you to the artist who drew the sketches, Willer Fils-aime.

Thank you to the folowing pioneer families who have spent a great deal of time with us to make this a success: Nassar, Jean-Louis, Juste, Louissaint, Exullien, Fleurizard, and Cayard.

I am also very grateful to Father Reginald of Notre Dame d'Haiti Catholic Church, Anna Souto of the Archidiose of Greater Miami, Nadia Pierre, office of the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Jeffy Mondesir, office of the Mayor of the City of Miami, Gepsie Metellus, the late District 5 Commissioner Arthur Teele, Jr., former City of Miami, District 5 Commissioner Jeffrey Allen, current District 5 Commissioner, Michelle Spence-Jones, and Fequiere Vilsaint with Educa Vision.

A special gratitude to the following friends, family and associates who provided encouragement and support for the project: Mrs Rita Brown, Alexandra Barbot, Ms. Beatrice Cazeau, Esq., Rachel Moscoso Denis, Marie Jo Toussaint,Esq., Marie Josee Ledan, St Louis Fleurizard, Michaelle Vincent, and Monique Dodard Kanzki.

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No Pin is launching a new Product
Jan 5, 2006

Photos by Rachel Moscoso Denis & Manny Ardouin

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