The Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT will have an electric and joyful atmosphere on the weekend of November 18 to 20 with over 200 original Haitian paintings & unique handcrafts accompanied by authentic kompa music. The Church is partnering with the Vassar Haiti Project to present a weekend sale that will celebrate Haitian art and culture and raise funds for Hurricane Matthew relief efforts and ongoing projects in Haiti.
Over the past 15 years, the Vassar Haiti Project (VHP), based in Poughkeepsie, NY, has engaged college students in a global citizenship curriculum and has funded projects in Chermaitre, a remote mountain village in Northwest Haiti. Funds are raised through the sale of Haitian art and donations. VHP Co-Founder Dr. Andrew Meade explains, “we have provided a way for the artists to help the people of a village: it is Haitians helping Haitians. We serve as facilitators of this grand dance.”
The upcoming event will raise funds for Chermaitre’s education program and Hurricane Matthew relief, which has wreaked havoc in Haiti. People in Chermaitre have lost farms and livestock, which is the sole source of livelihood for many. There is also growing concern about the spread of Cholera in the aftermath of the hurricane. Funds will be distributed by VHP’s partner in Haiti, Pere André Wildaine.
The Haitian art sale is a collaborative effort between VHP, the Second Congregational Church, and the Greenwich community. Alex Ng, resident of Greenwich, CT and a sophomore at Vassar College, comments, “after going to Haiti last year as a freshman, I’m so excited to host an art sale in my hometown and show my family and friends what makes the Vassar Haiti Project so amazing. The excitement and focus within VHP and the 2CC community is incredibly strong, and I know this event will be incredibly successful!”
Sheri Chin, a Second Congregational Church member and Alex Ng’s mother, echoes her daughter’s excitement; the “Second Congregational Church has a long history of supporting our communities both domestically and abroad through organizations like Mothers for Others, Heart Care International, and our own Second Congregational Church Women’s/Men’s/Youth Ministries. We are excited to partner with the Vassar Haiti Project to bring Haitian art and handcrafts to our community which will benefit vital educational, medical, economic and infrastructure initiatives in the Haitian village of Chermaitre.”
The Vassar Haiti Project, Second Congregational Church, and local volunteers look forward to raising critically important funds. VHP sponsors a K-6 primary school for 300 students, as well as a scholarship program that currently sends seventeen students on to secondary school. We are also eager to raise funds for immediate needs created by the hurricane, primarily through crop & livestock replenishment and improvement of cholera treatment capacity at our Chermaitre-Fiervil medical clinic.
The art sale is free and open to the public, and all art and handcraft sales are 50% tax deductible. Opening hours of the sale are listed below. For more information, please call 631-356-3045 or visit www.thehaitiproject.org.
Hours are as follows:
Friday, November 18 6:30pm – 9:00pm (Opening Reception)
Saturday, November 19 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, November 20 9:00am – 2:00pm
Second Congregational Church
139 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830