After the Hurricane Local Artists, Churches and Civic Groups Event to Help New York Flood Victims and Haiti

Action H2O event, now to raise money for local New Yorkers affected by the Hurricane Irene and to bring clean H2O to Haiti’s Central Plateau also affected by Hurricane Irene.

The event will take place on Tuesday October 25, 2011 at The Cathedral of All Saints, in Albany, NY, Beginning at 5:00 p.m., the evening will be filled with a wide variety of family fun to include Latin music, incredible food stations, auctions, entertainment and great activities for people of all ages.

The evening will feature the music from the Jazz Band Las Manos, The Agape Singers, Vocalist Caroline Gregg as well as a Latin Dance Demos

Special Guests:
Jessica Layton, WNYT-Channel 13
ChrisGloninger, WRGB-Channel 6
Steve Ammerman, WTEN-News 10

Every adult ticket holder will receive a Hand Painted Glasses Tumblers crafted by Local Artists at the Colonie Art League including Jane Morrison, Annatastia Robertson, Mara Bouyea, Alyssa LaPatra, Cheryle O’Toole, Jenn Hogan, Joanna Butterfield, Theresa Hayes and Teresa Brobston.

For ticket information, visit our website at www.rhythmsofhope.org

Robert M Lillpopp 518.937.8206

Cindy Schmehl   518.859.4424

Working press will be invited to the event and the setup on Monday evening after 5pm at the Cathedral for interviews

To learn more click here and view the event flyer.

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After the Hurricane – Local Artists, Churches and Civic Groups Hold Event to Bring Clean Water to Haiti

After the Hurricane Local Artists, Churches and Civic Groups Hold Event to Bring Clean Water to Haiti

Prior to the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 not one single case of Cholera had been seen in the country for over a century. By March of 2011, some 4,672 people had died and another 252,640 cases were reported. The United Nations projected that the total number infected would likely rise to 400,000 but researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, say this is a gross underestimate. They believe the toll could reach 779,000, with 11,100 deaths by the end of November 2011.

Yet with all that Haiti has endured, there are many signs of hope.

In order to celebrate that hope and to raise awareness and funding to support relief, a group of area artists, churches and not-for-profits working in Haiti are sponsoring “Action – H2O”

The event will take place on August 30, 2011 at The Cathedral of All Saints, in Albany, NY, Beginning at 5:00 p.m., the evening will be filled with a wide variety of family fun to include Latin music, incredible food stations, auctions, entertainment and great activities for people of all ages.

Rev. Kesner Ajax-Haiti
Executive Director of the Bishop Tharp Institute and Partnership Program Coordinator of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti will be the Keynote Speaker

The evening will feature the music from the Jazz Band Las Manos, The Agape Singers, Vocalist Caroline Gregg as well as a Latin Dance Demos

Special Guests:
Jessica Layton, WNYT-Channel 13
ChrisGloninger, WRGB-Channel 6
Steve Ammerman, WTEN-News 10

Every adult ticket holder will receive a Hand Painted Glasses Tumblers crafted by Local Artists at the Colonie Art League including Jane Morrison, Annatastia Robertson, Mara Bouyea, Alyssa LaPatra, Cheryle O’Toole, Jenn Hogan, Joanna Butterfield, Theresa Hayes and Teresa Brobston.

For ticket information, visit our website at www.rhythmsofhope.org

Robert M Lillpopp Cindy Schmehl
518.937.8206 518.859.4424

Working press will be invited to the event and the setup on Monday evening after 5pm at the Cathedral for interviews
www.RhythmsOfHope.org

Media Contact Rob Lillpopp 518 937 8206

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Empire Haiti Coalition Team Heads to Haiti after Hurricane Emily to Assess Needs

On Monday August, 7 a small Empire Haiti Coalition team, lead by Cindy Schmehl, the Director of To Love A Child, Inc. and David J. Collum, Dean of All Saints Cathedral in Albany, will head to Haiti’s Central Plateau region to assess the needs of the six communities the Empire Haiti Coalition serves.

The trip will focus on bringing clean potable water to help prevent the spread of cholera in the villages, school and parishes that the Coalition serves. These communities include the villages of, Lascahobas, Lahoye, Corosse, Flande, Rantlamouaie and Poully.

Prior to the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 not one single case of Cholera had been seen in the country for over a century. By March of 2011, some 4,672 people had died and another 252,640 cases were reported. The United Nations projected that the total number infected would likely rise to 400,000 but researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, say this is a gross underestimate. They believe the toll could reach 779,000, with 11,100 deaths by the end of November 2011.

Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, needs our help to bring clean water to its people. The Empire Haiti Coalition (EHC) consisting of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, The Cathedral of All Saints and To Love a Child, Inc. form a local partnership that assists 4 communities on the Central Plateau of Haiti reaching over 1,000 children and touching the lives of thousands of other adults. To combat the lack of potable drinking water at the partnership locations, the EHC has adopted a mission to provide a dependable water supply by the end of 2012. Each location will have an individual water project implemented to serve the specific needs of the community. Each system will also include a solar-powered filtration system to remove any bacterial contamination such as cholera.

To help raise funds for this endeavor the Empire Haiti Coalition will host on August 30, 2011 at The Cathedral of All Saints, in Albany, NY, “Rhythms of Hope—Working in Harmony to Help Haiti—ACTION: H2O” beginning at 5:00 p.m. The evening is filled with a wide variety of family fun to include Latin music, incredible food stations, auctions, entertainment and great activities for people of all ages. We even have a dunking booth where guests can try to plunge the clergy! Upon registration, each adult ticket holder will be given wine tumbler hand painted by a local artist.

We ask those in the Capital Region to please consider showing their support for our projects in Haiti’s Central Plateau.

The partnership’s goal is to build relationships throughout Haiti’s Central Plateau and provide services and resources that will assist in creating self-sustaining programs to improve family environments and communities.

To Donate Visit www.Rhythmsofhope.org

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The Next Mission to Haiti

The next mission trip to Haiti will be from August 8th to the 15th.

The cameras and TV stations have left and the earthquake is a distant memory to those outside of the country but for the Haitian people their lives are still a nightmare. They are so many that live in tents and face the barrage of heavy rains and winds that make their lives miserable. Further, prior to the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 not one single case of Cholera had been seen in the country for over a century. By March of 2011 some 4,672 people had died and another 252,640 cases had been reported. The United Nations projected that the total number infected would likely rise to 400,000 but researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, say this is a gross underestimate. They believe the toll could reach 779,000, with 11,100 deaths by the end of November 2011. Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, needs our help NOW to bring clean water to its people. The Empire Haiti Coalition (EHC) consisting of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and To Love a Child, Inc. form a local partnership that assists four communities on the Central Plateau of Haiti reaching well over 1,000 children and touching the lives of thousands of other adults.

To combat the lack of potable drinking water at the partnership locations, the EHC has adopted a mission to provide a dependable water supply by the end of 2011. Each location will have an individual water project implemented to serve the specific needs of the community. Each system will also include a solar-powered filtration system to remove any bacterial contamination such as cholera.

Besides reporting on the water issue we will visit two orphanages. We have solar projects that can offer great stories as well as maternal health issues, the need for medical care and the construction of schools, churches and sanitation systems.

Please let me know if you know of anyone that might want a great story. We need to book our trip very soon so we need to reach out today…..

Thanks, Cindy

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Report from mission team in Haiti

Hello everyone,

All of the members of our team are happy and healthy. Our trip has been successful despite unforeseen obstacles. The solar project at LaHoye has been completed and the RPI Hydroponics project is being completed on a smaller scale. We have continued to strengthen our relationships. I believe that we earned a new found respect when we worked very hard for two solid days to complete the project at LaHoye.
The individuals from RPI learned a great deal about Haiti and the lives of the people in the real rural areas of the central plateau.

We have found an IMMEDIATE NEED. With the rainy season, CHOLERA has returned with a vengeance. People in all six parishes have been infected and three people from the parish in La Hoye died last week.
THEY NEED WATER FILTERS AND DISINFECTANT TABLETS NOW.

The parishes are using the water filters we sent them and they work well.

There are three issues:

1. Some families live far away from the school/church. When they need water right away they will sometimes go to another source.
2. When a person becomes infected, they have nowhere to go other than return to their home.
3. Some people who become infected don’t have enough money to get a ride to the clinic for treatment.

Fr. Milor is speaking to the lay leaders about four things:

1. At those parishes that have a clean source of water, encourage the children to bring a jug to school to fill it it and bring it home.
Unfortunately some schoos do not have a source of clean water at the school.
2. Develop rainwater collection systems with any materials that may be available. The amount of materials available varies depending on how remote the parish is.
3. As filters become available, distribute them to families in such a way that several families can share them.
4. There has been education about cholera, however since 90% of education is re-education and some families have not been reached, continue with education programs.

Cholera was expected to increase with the rainy season however I did not expect this level of immediate need, with the probability that the problem will increase as the infection rate increases and the rainy season continues.

As partners and as communities of God’s children, we share triumphs and difficulties. We give thanks for the triumphs of the Haitian people in all they have done. We pray for them as they face yet another challenge.

Faithfully from Haiti,

Edge, Dave, Michael, Nelson and Yaroslava

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Rhythms of Hope January 12, 2011 fundraiser a success

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Despite more than fourteen inches of snow falling in downtown Albany on January 12, the first anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti,  250 brave people from the Capital Region braved the conditions to attend the event.  With the help of our celebrity co-host and Bishop Love the event raised more than $8000 to help the people of Haiti’s Central Plateau.

We thank all of you that attended and volunteered at the event and the many area businesses that donated various items to help make the evening possible.

We also thank those that could not attend the event, but were able to provide their support via our on-line donation system.

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Rhythms of Hope Event Jan 12th update

Event Marks One Year Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake 

(Albany) -  January 12, 2011 marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Leaving an already impoverished Caribbean country with 250,000 casualties and two million people affected throughout the country. Now after Hurricane Thomas, more than 10,000 people are affected by the sudden outbreak of cholera, which has claimed thousands of lives and as of this date, and has not yet reached its peak.

Yet with all that Haiti has endured, there are many signs of hope 

In order to celebrate that hope and to raise awareness and funding to support relief, a group of area churches and not-for-profits working in Haiti are sponsoring –                                                     Rhythms of Hope — Working in Harmony to Help Haiti”.

 The evening will celebrate those who have survived to rebuild Haiti and remember those that lost their lives. The event takes place at the Cathedral of All Saints, Swan St. Albany, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and boasts an evening filled with a wide variety of musical talent, food, auctions, and inspirational stories and activities specifically designed to raise awareness, educate and motivate the expected 400+ guests. 

The Entertainment Features:

  • The Agape Gospel Singers
  • Youth Chorale for Haiti – singing the newly composed song “To Haiti”
  • The Reverberators
  • The Right Reverend William H. Love, Bishop of Albany
  • The Reverend Jean Milor Medela from Lascahobas, Haiti
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Choir
  • St. George’s Episcopal Church Choir
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church Praise and Worship Chorus
  • And many more distinguished guests

Together, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. George’s Episcopal Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church and To Love a Child, Inc. working with RPI’s Engineers for a Sustainable World, form a local partnership that assists an orphanage and four schools and churches in Haiti. They reach over 1,000 children and touching thousands of other adults. The partnership’s goal is to build relationships throughout Haiti’s Central Plateau and provide services and resources that will assist in creating self-sustaining programs to improve family environments and communities.

Tom Holland the leader of the Reverberators, the featured band for the event has composed an new song that will be performed by the Youth Chorale and later by all the choirs. The band contribute their talents several times a year to efforts that help people who are less fortunate, playing at Gilda’s Place and the Children’s Cancer Ward at Albany Med. Many of their songs tell stories about; being away from home, missing family and friends, reflecting on growing up, grieving for loved ones, hoping for the best for the future. Yet they would tell you, the poignancy in the songs doesn’t begin to match the unimaginable things the people of Haiti go through every day.

Tickets are available  at all locations or on the website at www.RhythmsofHope.org:

Honorary Committee     $50                   Adults   $15

Students and Seniors    $10                   Families (with children under 18) $30

For more information visit the website www.RhythmsofHope.org

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