Have Faith Haiti
The Have Faith Haiti Mission & Orphanage is a special place of love and caring in Port-au-Prince. It was founded after the devastating 2010 earthquake by Mitch Albom, who took over the operations of an existing orphanage that had fallen on hard times. Since 2010, the mission has grown exponentially, and has raised, educated, and cared for more than 100 children. Some now work there caring for the next generation. The goal of the mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for young Haitians who do not have one. Children are never adopted out. Once they are admitted – usually age three or younger - they live, learn, eat and grow spiritually in a secure property until they graduate from the highly regarded Have Faith Haiti Bilingual Academy. Education is a top priority at the Have Faith Haiti Mission & Orphanage. The children are taught in both French and English, with a goal of achieving a college or vocational degree. Christian prayer and guidelines are also a part of their daily life, as is a sense of giving back to the mission and their country through community service and personal responsibility.
In 2018, music became part of the children's educational experience. The music program is both equipped and taught by Wayne State University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Dennis Tini. For the past five years, Professor Tini has visited Haiti once a month. Due to the extensive corruption in the region, shipping instruments to Haiti would be unproductive. Therefore, Professor Tini has hand carried as many instruments as he can fit in his suitcases during each visit. Since 2018, Professor Tini has acquired a diverse range of musical instruments, including keyboards, guitars, recorders, percussion instruments, and even accordions. He uses those instruments to teach music classes to the children during his monthly visits.
As the inventory of instruments increases, the storage space and area for group classes has become inadequate. To address this issue, an addition to the orphanage is in the works. This expansion will feature a dedicated music room and an outdoor pavilion. The new music room will provide a much-improved environment for teaching and rehearsals. It will also serve as a storage area for music instruments, amplifiers, sound systems, teaching materials, filing cabinets, and other related equipment. The music room will be directly connected to the new pavilion, an open and versatile space suitable for music concerts, dance performances, celebrations, graduations, and other special events. The cost for the upcoming spaces is estimated to be $80,000. Ticket sales proceeds and 100% of cash donations and purchased items will be allocated to finance the construction. Madrigal Chorale is delighted to announce that a total of $13,503.28 was raised for this very worthy cause!