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Today is Haitian Flag Day. A day for Haitians all over the world to celebrate their victory from French rule. We thought it a perfect day to both send our love out to all the wonderful people of Haiti, as well as the hardworking Haitian-Americans striving to make two countries a better home.
Former Fugees member Wyclef Jean is of Haitian decent, tweeting last night: “I would like all my followers to know tomorrow is Haitian flag day!so send your happy flag day and I will retweet!” Wyclef has been a residence of the United States since the age of nine.
Haitian-American activist W.E.B. Du Bois might ring a bell among some. However, most perhaps simply remember that he wrote a number of influential works about racism.
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is of Haitian decent, and so is musician Jason Derulo, who hit the charts with the platinum song “Whatcha Say.” Derulo was born in Miami to parents that were both Haitian immigrants.
A CHILD’S H.O.P.E. – Academy of Hope for Haitian Orphans
Owner of ABC Home and Commercial in Houston returned a few weeks ago from his sixth trip to Haiti with great news about the progress of A Child’s H.O.P.E.– the proposed 200 acre, self-sustainable community for children living without homes in Haiti.
Read: Jenkins Family Driven by H.O.P.E to learn more about the mission.
As reported on their website,
We believe in strong family values that have the children’s best physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual interest at heart. Our goal is to involve Haitians to the utmost in this program, and to embrace the Haitian culture.
We are committed to see the A Child’s H.O.P.E. community flourish and thrive for its members as they grow and progress through the program, and to be a home for its members to look to as family.
A Child’s H.O.P.E. will provide a multi-lingual curriculum. Creole will be the primary language, with English & French as secondary languages. Speaking the different languages will enhance the students’ potential as they become employed, and serve their country.
The Haitian culture is to be respected, and it will form the foundation for the social and educational programs. The Founders will provide opportunities for others to serve, and have no economic or monetary incentive for their efforts.
To all the natives of Haiti, friends of Haiti, and family of Haiti, enjoy your Independence Day! Freedom is a right that we must fight for every day, and Haiti has overcome some staggering hardships. Your country is an example of incredible strength.
Happy Haitian Flag Day!