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Elsewhere we explain that we are at a crossroads where the natural and the synthetic meet. In Haitian mythology, kafou is an inter-dimensional doorway through which spiritual entities come and go; kafou means crossroads. Consistent with our fundraising theme, the musical cooperative Jazz Pyebwa recorded and donated to us the recording of the song Kafou.

The song Kafou was recorded by the band Jazz des Jeunes (big band instrumentation) in the 60s at a time when Haitian music was at a crossroads. Jazz des Jeunes ranted that Haitian music was being undermined by sloppy musicianship in this song ,"Kafou," with another song may be titled "voizin." The band tried its best to address that the rich musical tradition in Haiti was at risk. The story of the song Kafou is recounted in Gage Averill's volume "A day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey."

Jazz Pyebwa also recorded and donated to us a song called "Dezire" that was recorded in the early 70s by the group Bossa Combo one of the mini jazzes of of the mini jazz era in Haiti. This song was among very few tunes that used traditional rhythm after Jazz des Jeunes' rant. We guess that Bossa Combo showed their musicianship while proving Jazz des Jeunes' point. Only a handful of Haitian tunes may be said to have been recorded by Haitian pop bands that use traditional rhythm. The band Trio  Select evolved gracefully with front man Coupe Cloue in the early 70s; they played a rhythm that can be heard in recordings of the 1930s.

The Jazz Pyebwa recordings of said songs are not available commercially and we offer them as downloads only.

Jazz Pyebwa is a cooperative of musicians conducting research in the rich Haitian musical tradition. Jazz Pyebwa's mainly focus is on the historical factors that stagnated the evolution of Haitian traditional music as main stream Haitian music. Jazz Pyebwa's research goes back to the early 1800s via the Haitians who settled in New Orleans whom descendants are known today as Creoles. Jazz Pyebwa applies the same techniques that were applied over the years by Creole musicians and their descendants from which came funk, zydeko, rock n' roll, and Jazz. Creole music has been on world stage since 1841 beginning with a fusion of Haitian music and classical; the composition is entitled "Bananiers" and it was based on "Grenadyé a Laso" which is the song of the Haitian revolutionary army that defeated France to free Haiti.

Jazz Pyebwa's first release entitled "Legba Suite" is also made available to help us raise funds. This release is a fusion of Haitian traditional songs accentuated with funk elements.

 

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It has been brought to our attention that individuals are soliciting on behalf of Sister Dona, or Sœur Dona. We have not authorized such solicitations and  have not received any contributions from such activities. We do not authorize any individual or organization to solicit on behalf of Soeur Dona, Sister Dona, or Soeurs Redemptrices de Nazarareth, in person, by telephone, or any form of social media. As a religious organization, we  have churches collecting pledged donations; we list those churches below:

  • In Massachusetts: Reverend Père Miracles of Saint Angela Church – Boston, MA
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The medical facility, our highest priority, is operating in a small room suitable for a medical exam. We hope to complete it to accommodate four beds and perhaps an isolation room suitable for quarantine. We need to add a second story to the existing space and provide the equipment needed for a standard medical examination room.

The medical facility is staffed with a nurse supported by a doctor who comes on scheduled days but is on call for emergencies and other verbal instructions to the nurse via phone. The salaries for this staff is in the range of $40K per year. We estimate that adding a second floor to the existing will cost about $20,000 and the needed medical equipment and supplies estimated at $10,000.

 You can view the damages to the facilities at the headquarters of Soeurs Redemptrices de Nazareth as well as our effort to make the repairs in this virtual tour.

 

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We are grateful to the designers of this website and the technical staff that administers and maintains it. Our objective is to clarify for you the many misunderstandings that all of us develop by way of misinformation and disinformation. Thus, we publish articles on sensitive topics that affect our past, present, most definitely our future as we understand that our hearts, minds, souls, and spirits are fragmented by years of neglect by us and abuse by others.

We are  looking for volunteers to help us translate the articles that we publish. Unfortunately, the staff that is assisting Sister Dona on a voluntary basis is not fluent in French. If you are interested in helping those that are helping others by volunteering, please click on the link to contact Sister Dona and find in the list "Volunteer General" to send us an email; you may also click here to contact us.

This website came online on November 15, 2017 and is scheduled to be updated every week with at least a spiritual and an educational message; it is growing fast. The next milestone is to convert the site into a bilingual (English/French) site beginning early next year; a project that is likely to take 3 months. We need volunteer translators to complete this milestone.

Thank you!

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In recent years, the world was stunned with a cholera epidemic that ravaged the Haitian population. This epidemic was mainly due to the improper treatment of human waste throughout Haiti. Truth, be told, there is no sewage system in the country, thus leaving every household with the responsibility to manage human waste which can be catastrophic as the cholera epidemic demonstrated.

Soeurs Redemptrices de Nazareth operating in the hand to mouth fiscal modality is one institution faced with said management of human waste. The institution is currently working toward this moral obligation by taking the initiative to construct a sceptic system. The work is already underway to add this facility to a campus that accommodates as many as 100 children.

The construction cost of this facility includes digging the ground, built the sceptic infrastructure, build the walls, roof, ceiling, floor, and purchase the necessary modern plumbing equipment such as stalls and shower cabins. We estimate $20,000 to complete this initiative.  

You can view the damages to the facilities at the headquarters of Soeurs Redemptrices de Nazareth as well as our effort to make the repairs in this virtual tour.

 

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