During this free show, the artists will launch an appeal for donations to start reconstruction programmes in Haiti as soon as possible with the association Aide et Action, a development NGO that has been present in the country since 1989.
"Three days after the terrible earthquake in Haiti, we celebrated the anniversary of Martin Luther King's birth. Let us hope that his famous "I have a dream" remains alive more than ever. Let us dream with him that fraternity is more than just a few words at the end of a prayer or a song, that after this nightmare, this earthquake provokes another one: that of our thoughts and our consciences", declares Karlex before adding "No, Haiti is not a cursed land affected by the curse. After the wave of emotion, life must resume its rights and the momentum of solidarity must continue. The work is huge and the aid must be sustained after the emergency. HAITI STAND UP, NAP VANSE, as we say in Creole, so that houses can be rebuilt quickly and solidly, where we can say "Oné respé", honour and respect.
Since January 12, 2010, Aide et Action has been supporting the traumatised population. Basic necessities (food, water, medicine), collected thanks to the generosity of Dominican companies and individuals, are being transported to the capital by Aide et Action's Dominican Republic teams. "There are more than 170,000 victims, even more injured and we are now witnessing a massive exodus of the population from the disaster area", says Nesmy Manigat, Director of Aide et Action Latin America and the Caribbean, who is in Port-au-Prince.
In view of the emergency, Aide et Action has launched an appeal for donations to support its emergency and reconstruction activities. "We need everything here: food, water, medicine, petrol...", explains Nesmy Manigat who is coordinating the emergency distribution of basic necessities. The situation of chaos that still prevails cannot go on indefinitely. Aide et Action is looking further ahead and is already working on the reconstruction of the country with the support of Haitian civil society and institutions. The priority actions will be the reconstruction of schools, the opening of school canteens and the training of teachers. On the ground, it will necessarily involve support for self-help groups and neighbourhood associations, which are the only way for the Haitian people to take charge of their lives and overcome their trauma.
Aide et Action would like to thank Karlex and all the artists who are joining the great wave of solidarity for the Haitian people. The donations collected during this FREE CONCERT will be donated to Aide et Action for its emergency and reconstruction programmes in Haiti. Come in large numbers and let the Haitian voices resonate and echo!