Invitation à Ciné Konbit Éducative

Monsieur / Madame,

La Fondation Odette Roy Fombrun pour l’éducation (FORF) prend plaisir à vous inviter à ses séances Ciné Konbit Éducative qui se tiennent chaque vendredi, entre 2 h et 4 h, au local de la FORF, au numéro 26, Rue Borno, Bois-Moquette, Pétionville.

La démarche Ciné Konbit Éducative entre dans le cadre du programme éducatif de la FORF afin de sensibiliser les citoyens sur la situation de la communauté dans laquelle ils évoluent. Les films ou documentaires diffusés sont souvent des œuvres de cinéastes haïtiens engagés dans le développement d’Haïti à travers l’expression cinématographique de différents thèmes historiques sociaux, culturels et économiques. Ces réalisations sont en principe destinées aux publics aptes à réfléchir et s’impliquer dans l’avancement de la société et ambitionnent de déclencher ou d’alimenter un processus de conscientisation et d’implication dans le développement de leur communauté.

Une séance débat avec est prévue après la projection des films et documentaires. Dans la mesure du possible, le réalisateur sera présent et prendra part aux échanges.

Par ailleurs, nous tenons à vous signaler que la Fondation Odette Roy Fombrun pour l’éducation œuvre depuis 2007 à promouvoir l’éducation citoyenne des jeunes, favoriser le développement économique et social d’Haïti, promouvoir la pratique du Konbitisme qui prône participation, collaboration, solidarité, réciprocité.

Dans l’attente d’une réponse positive à notre invitation, nous vous prions de recevoir, Monsieur / Madame, nos patriotiques salutations.

FORF Founder Odette Roy Fombrun delivered a keynote speech at EMG Health in NY

Odette Roy Fombrun delivered a dynamic and inspirational presentation to an assembled audience of some 200 members of the Haitian diaspora in Bayside, New York. She was the featured keynote speaker at the annual educational forum hosted and sponsored by EMG Health, Fondation Lucienne Deschamps, and Health First, and organized by Mrs. Elsy Guibert. Other participants included the poet Michele Voltaire Marcelin and the singer Jocelyn Clermont Dorisme. Also in attendance was noted radio and TV host Carl Fombrun and the dance troup of Perfection Dance Students.

In her presentation, titled « Konbitism: From Theory to Action », Mrs. Fombrun spoke of two major challenges facing Haiti-rampant Poverty and political Division. She identified the major causes of poverty as rooted in the dependency of Haiti on foreign aid. She also focused on the historical division of Haiti into two main social classes: The urban class and the rural class, whose cultures are vastly different. The rural class, she said, identifies with its African roots, whereas the uban class identifies with its French ancestry. Both are joined today by a 3rd grouping in the diaspora that identifies more with American values. The result has been a set of conflicting interests that is today manifest in the Caribbean nation’s paralyzed political system.

The solution, Mrs. Fombrun proposed, lies in the adoption of KONBITISM, a movement she pioneered, that favors cross-sector collaboration in the development of local, regional, and national projects. In her remarks, she emphasized the valuable role the Haitian diaspora can play in stimulating ‘Touris Lakay’ —a form of tourism rooted in re-investments in Haiti designed to identify, develop, and promote cultural tourism at the local and regional level. She ended her talk to a standing ovation, with a rousing call for making of Haiti the Cultural and Historical epicenter of the Caribbean!

Mrs. Fombrun attended and participated in the the 2nd Annual International Congress of the Haitian Diaspora held in Sunny Isles

Les 6 et 7 août 2009, Madame Fombrun a participé au deuxième Congrès Annuel international des haïtiens de la diasporaqui s’est tenu à Sunny Isles en Floride. Elle était accompagnée d’un membre du Conseil de Direction de la FORF, le Dr Charles Fombrun et de son neveu, Christian Roy Fombrun. La rencontre comportait des présentations sur les défis du développement communautaire en Haïti et mettaient en évidence le rôle important que peut jouer la diaspora en promouvant Haïti dans la communauté internationale. L’ex-Président Bill Clinton prononça le discours de clôture devant une audience attentive; il confirma son engagement à encourager les investissements du secteur privé et à changer l’image d’Haïti; engagements inclus dans sa mission d’Envoyé Spécial des Nations Unies. Voyez un extrait de cette présentation.

Mrs. Fombrun attended and participated in the the 2nd Annual International Congress of the Haitian Diaspora held in Sunny Isles

Les 6 et 7 août 2009, Madame Fombrun a participé au deuxième Congrès Annuel international des haïtiens de la diasporaqui s’est tenu à Sunny Isles en Floride. Elle était accompagnée d’un membre du Conseil de Direction de la FORF, le Dr Charles Fombrun et de son neveu, Christian Roy Fombrun. La rencontre comportait des présentations sur les défis du développement communautaire en Haïti et mettaient en évidence le rôle important que peut jouer la diaspora en promouvant Haïti dans la communauté internationale. L’ex-Président Bill Clinton prononça le discours de clôture devant une audience attentive; il confirma son engagement à encourager les investissements du secteur privé et à changer l’image d’Haïti; engagements inclus dans sa mission d’Envoyé Spécial des Nations Unies. Voyez un extrait de cette présentation.

FORF Founder Odette Roy Fombrun delivered a keynote speech at EMG Health in NY

Odette Roy Fombrun delivered a dynamic and inspirational presentation to an assembled audience of some 200 members of the Haitian diaspora in Bayside, New York. She was the featured keynote speaker at the annual educational forum hosted and sponsored by EMG Health, Fondation Lucienne Deschamps, and Health First, and organized by Mrs. Elsy Guibert. Other participants included the poet Michele Voltaire Marcelin and the singer Jocelyn Clermont Dorisme. Also in attendance was noted radio and TV host Carl Fombrun and the dance troup of Perfection Dance Students.

In her presentation, titled « Konbitism: From Theory to Action », Mrs. Fombrun spoke of two major challenges facing Haiti-rampant Poverty and political Division. She identified the major causes of poverty as rooted in the dependency of Haiti on foreign aid. She also focused on the historical division of Haiti into two main social classes: The urban class and the rural class, whose cultures are vastly different. The rural class, she said, identifies with its African roots, whereas the uban class identifies with its French ancestry. Both are joined today by a 3rd grouping in the diaspora that identifies more with American values. The result has been a set of conflicting interests that is today manifest in the Caribbean nation’s paralyzed political system.

The solution, Mrs. Fombrun proposed, lies in the adoption of KONBITISM, a movement she pioneered, that favors cross-sector collaboration in the development of local, regional, and national projects. In her remarks, she emphasized the valuable role the Haitian diaspora can play in stimulating ‘Touris Lakay’ —a form of tourism rooted in re-investments in Haiti designed to identify, develop, and promote cultural tourism at the local and regional level. She ended her talk to a standing ovation, with a rousing call for making of Haiti the Cultural and Historical epicenter of the Caribbean!

FORF endorses and provides seed funding for new project to transcribe and create orchestrations for ‘Songs of Haiti’

“Songs of Haiti” Is a project launched by classically-trained Haitian singer Karine Margronand Haiti’s renown conductor and composer Julio Racine. Its purpose is to transcribe, record, safeguard, and promote Haiti’s rich heritage of traditional folk songs. FORF has endorsed this project and is acting as a partner to the initiative. FORF’s objective is to support the preservation of Haiti’s Traditional, Folk and Classic Songs and promote its teaching in all Haitian schools of music and abroad.

The project will be presented to the public at a launch reception in November 2012. As part of the project, music sheets and recorded materials will be printed and made available for wider distribution. The project is to be funded by Fondation de France via Fondation Culture Creation (FCC) with the support of FOKAL and Fondation Francoise Canez Auguste (FFCA), in association with Fondation Maurice Sixto (FMAS). A publicity campaign in US, Canada, Latin America and French Universities is being planned to help provide musicians with access to a formal repertoire of songs and music from Haiti.

FORF is organizing a Symposium on Haiti’s Taino Heritage to be held in Spring 2013

FORF is planning, organizing, and hosting a symposium to be held in March 21-24, 2013 in Haiti. Invited panelists include a wide range of researchers, ethnographers, collectors, and curators with an interest in Haiti’s native Taino culture. The purpose of the symposium is:

  • To increase awareness of Haiti’s Taino past and heritage
  • To encourage heightened protection and preservation of Haiti’s cultural riches
  • To encourage creation of a Taino Museum
  • To motivate tour operators and institutions to feature Haiti’s archaeological sites in local visits and eco-tourism, thereby promoting Touris Lakay
  • To motivate local communities to protect and develop their Touris Lakay potential.

FORF is developing an entrepreneurship program through a partnership with Fondation Etre Ayisien

FORF is participating in the development of a local initiative to stimulate entrepreneurship in the Ganthier region of Haiti at the Parc Naturel Quisqueya, through a partnership with Fondation Etre Ayisien and FONDTAH . The initiative is designed to implement FORF’s plan to stimulate local tourism by aligning local interests with those of diaspora members that originate from the region.

The project is targeting 100 young entrepreneurs. All will receive 30 hours of seminars in accounting, marketing, and business strategy. The top 40 will be selected and encouraged to prepare project proposals for funding by private sponsors. The project is designed as a model training program for stimulating local interest and entrepreneurship and to increase involvement of the diaspora in their communities of origin.

Update on Chansons d’Haiti Project

The Chansons d’Haiti project is moving along well and the following events took place over the last six months:

July 2nd 2012: Presentation of music project by Karine Margron to personalities of the music world and music school directors. Great enthusiasm for “Chansons d’Haiti”.

November 22, 2012: Official launching of “Chansons d’Haiti” first phase project, overview of future projects, announcement of availability of material for music schools, regular schools with a particular interest in music and to interested artists for free.

September, 2012: Distribution of scholarships to students for new school year 2012/2013.

January 19, 2013: Official presentation of the first 3 Volumes and CDs sponsored by Fondation Culture Creation and Fondation Connaissance et Liberte (FOKAL). The event held at FOKAL’s theatre in Port-au-Prince was greeted by a very enthousiastic crowd of music lovers and personalities involved in the arts. All attendants were presented with copies of the first 2 volumes and a limited edition of the 3rd volume with CD was on sale. The presentation was followed by cocktails and appetizers to everyone’s delight.

Special Forum on Haiti’s Taino Heritage

FORF’s Special Forum on Haiti’s Amerindian Heritage will take place April 18-20, 2013 at the Hotel Kinam in Petionville. The program is set, presenters are polishing their presentations, sponsors are coming forward with financial contributions, and participants are enrolling. Join us! To register for the Forum, send us an email at forum@forfhaiti.org

LOGISTICS
Opening Event: Evening of April 18, 2013 (details to be announced)
Forum Sessions: April 19-20, 2013, 8:30am to 5:00pm
Location: Ritz Kinam, Rue PanAmericaine, Petion-Ville, Haiti
Cost: Possibility of a small fee at the door
Who should attend? Researchers, Collectors, individuals concerned with the Amerindian’s heritage, students and teachers in Ethnology, Ministries of Culture, Tourism, Environment, members and Tourism Associations, Tour operators, Local authorities where Amerindian heritage is located, Legislators, the Media

PURPOSE OF FORUM
To increase awareness of Haiti’s Taino past and heritage towards and achieve formal inventory of riches
To encourage heightened protection and preservation of Haiti’s cultural riches
To motivate tour operators and institutions to feature Haiti’s archaeological sites in local visits and eco-tourism, thereby promoting Touris Lakay
To motivate local communities to protect and develop their Touris Lakay potential
To encourage the creation of an Amerindian Museum

THEMES
Identifying existing Amerindian heritage in Haiti: towards a systematic inventory. Experiences of other countries.
Life of Amerindians pre-Columbus: Culture and society on the island and surrounding areas.
Contact of civilizations: Tainos, Caraibes and Africans under the European colonization (in the region with the island of Haiti as focal point)
Amerindian customs survival in today’s Haitian culture (language, customs, religion, cooking, traditional knowledge, etc.)
Perspectives, potentialities and proposals for the rational exploitation of these cultural riches (perspectives of educators, specialists in heritage, museologists, tourism experts

PRESENTERS
Sessions will be led by a variety of well-known ethnologists and researchers, including:
Gilbert Valme, researcher and writer
Guy Maximilien, researcher
Rachelle Charlier Doucet, ethnologist
Kathleen Deagan of the University of Florida (research and publication on Puerto Real)
Mireille Ain and Rachel Beauvoir Dominique, Taino and Voodoo religion

Spring 2013: FORF Activities

FORF’s Special Forum on Haiti’s Amerindian Heritage will take place April 18-20, 2013 at the Hotel Kinam in Petionville. The program is set, presenters are polishing their presentations, sponsors are coming forward with financial contributions, and participants are enrolling. Join us! To register for the Forum, send us an email atforum@forfhaiti.org

LOGISTICS

  • Opening Event: Evening of April 18, 2013 (details to be announced)
  • Forum Sessions: April 19-20, 2013, 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location: Ritz Kinam, Rue PanAmericaine, Petion-Ville, Haiti
  • Cost: Possibility of a small fee at the door
  • Who should attend? Researchers, Collectors, individuals concerned with the Amerindian’s heritage, students and teachers in Ethnology, Ministries of Culture, Tourism, Environment, members and Tourism Associations, Tour operators, Local authorities where Amerindian heritage is located, Legislators, the Media

PURPOSE OF FORUM

  • To increase awareness of Haiti’s Taino past and heritage towards and achieve formal inventory of riches
  • To encourage heightened protection and preservation of Haiti’s cultural riches
  • To motivate tour operators and institutions to feature Haiti’s archaeological sites in local visits and eco-tourism, thereby promoting Touris Lakay
  • To motivate local communities to protect and develop their Touris Lakay potential
  • To encourage the creation of an Amerindian Museum

THEMES

  • Identifying existing Amerindian heritage in Haiti: towards a systematic inventory. Experiences of other countries.
  • Life of Amerindians pre-Columbus: Culture and society on the island and surrounding areas.
  • Contact of civilizations: Tainos, Caraibes and Africans under the European colonization (in the region with the island of Haiti as focal point)
  • Amerindian customs survival in today’s Haitian culture (language, customs, religion, cooking, traditional knowledge, etc.)
  • Perspectives, potentialities and proposals for the rational exploitation of these cultural riches (perspectives of educators, specialists in heritage, museologists, tourism experts

PRESENTERS
Sessions will be led by a variety of well-known ethnologists and researchers, including:

  • Gilbert Valme, researcher and writer
  • Guy Maximilien, researcher
  • Rachelle Charlier Doucet, ethnologist
  • Kathleen Deagan of the University of Florida (research and publication on Puerto Real)
  • Mireille Ain and Rachel Beauvoir Dominique, Taino and Voodoo religion