Helping to bring hope back to the people of Haiti through music...
SOUND for Haiti is a project born of our desire to give to the people of Haiti a
little glimpse of joy as they start the long road back to hope.
The name of the project,
United for a
Day, comes from the
title of a song that I wrote last year entitled New Day. To hear a sample of the
Haitian musicians need our help, and we are confident that musicians and music
lovers around the world will rise to the occasion.
We have partnered with the Williams family in this project. Read about
their experience as they lived through the horrors of the earthquake, and their
vision to help the people of Haiti.
1. Music schools and hundreds of musical instruments were
destroyed or damaged during the earthquake, leaving a great void in the lives of
the people there.
2. Through the generous donations of people around the world,
we were able to replace and repair many of these instruments for the Haitian people. Larry Wilke, a well known luthier
from Clinton, Connecticut was part of the team, helping to train local craftsmen
and provide tools and other supplies to help
set up a repair shop.
3. On February 19, the Taubl Family, the Williams
family, Larry Wilke and his son, Ben, traveled to Haiti. While there, they were able to
deliver the collected musical instruments and restore countless more, to give lessons to hundreds of
children both at the Holy Trinity Music School and at various orphanages in Port
au Prince, and to perform concerts for many different audiences. Read more
about the trip here.
4. Sam returned to Haiti for the year between high school and
college to follow up on the music lessons that were started on the February
trip. He is expanding the group of students who are able to take lessons,
and then turning the school over to Haitian teachers at the end of his internship.
5. Gretchen and June Williams returned in
September, 2011 to follow up with violin students.
6. Jeremiah returned in February, 2012 to help the
aspiring violinists. The videos below demonstrate just a
bit of the work that has been done.
7. The Taubls and the Williams returned to Haiti on April
15, 2012 for a ten day trip. Read
more here. Part of that time was spent in the
Central Plateau region, ministering and inspiring the children there to strive
for excellence. They then spent a few days in Port au Prince,
checking in on the work that had already been started. Their were able to
bring 12 violins with them, most of which were left in the Central Plateau for
the children to continue to use.
8. SOUND for Haiti is now working toward sustaining musical instruction
for these gifted children in Haiti using Haitian teachers. Gretchen plans
to travel regularly for teacher training and student instruction. Sam has
decided to spend another year in Haiti, feeling compelled to continue the great
work that has been started. Please keep us in your prayers as we move
forward and seek to offer hope through God's great gift of music.
If you have ideas, suggestions, or donations, please feel free to