FEBRuary 2020

February 25. Her "team" at College Canapé-Vert and Madame Marie-Marthe Balin Franck Paul, the Principal there, have now--and ALREADY--recorded five Modules from the Mon Livre Unique textbook for first-year students across Haiti. The five Module represent 51 pages of the 243 in the curriculum of Mon Livre Unique.  See photos below and from January 2020 of Madame working with 19-year-old Raphael Linjinksy.

Also, Boukman Eksperyans, a great band and voice of

Haiti for more than 30 years, has included a FLUTE from SUFC and Hungry for Music in the video for its

2020 Kanaval song, "Nou pwal wè si se vre" (in Kréyol "Let's Go See What Is True". 

See Manzé of the band below in the song's official clip.

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The great Lòlò and Manzè with Lyons flutes, contributed to SUFC by Hungry for Music, at overdubbing  session for "Nou pwal wè si se vre" ("Let's Go See What Is True" ) in Port-au-Prince, January 28. We hope that you dig them with Rivers of Dreams and our "Glory Glory Glory" and

"Love Over War" later this year.

Also, David Amram has contributed his composition "Cajun", the third Movement of his American Dance Suite, performed with Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, for the Musical Beds that go with Lessons from our

Portable Schools. David learned how to play the triangle and washboard for this piece from the pathmaking group from Louisiana's Acadiana, Beausoleil. So again worlds intersect.

David Amram and Woody Guthrie.

And Krewe du Kanaval, the gathering and spotlight raised in New Orleans by Haitian-born Regine Chassagne and Win Butler of Arcade Fire and Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall and its bands, went BIGGER this year, on Feb. 14 and 15. The Krewe's Concert happened Friday at the Mahalia Jackson Theater and its Parade with the Krewe of Freret the next afternoon. The Queen chosen for this Kanaval is Mia X of New Orleans and its King is Titos Sompa of Brazzaville, the Congo. Very enlightened, like the theme this year of 'Merci, Haiti!' One sign in Parade read: 'Without Haiti, New Orleans Wouldn't Sound Like New Orleans'.

Proceeds from the Krewe help the KANPE  Foundation and its work with marvelously progressing people of Baille Tourible, Haiti, and help the Preservation Hall Foundation continue its programs of education and health-care.

More about four other organizations succeeding in

communities of Haiti is in the concluding section of 'Haiti: Beauties and Grace and Hope for Our Century.'

Concert with Arcade Fire, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lakou Mizik, Michael Brun, Paul Beaubrun, and more.

Mia X, Queen of the 2020 Krewe du Kanaval.

Titos Sompa, King.

Students at École Foyer Espoir in Delmas of Port-au-Prince.

February 12. Much continues to move forward with SUFC this year. Thanks to great partners in Haiti and Louisiana, we're advancing toward universal literacy. Anyone, anywhere, who has a mobile phone can learn and empower themselves, thanks to our partners.

1. The idea for Portable Schools with Musical Beds originated from Madame Marie-Marthe Balin Franck Paul, Principal at College Canapé-Vert in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Madame Paul

wanted to address the crisis for Haiti's schoolchildren during

"lockdown" of the nation between September and December 2019. Children were blocked from going to school. So: Let them learn through their phones. Madame Paul and the 19-year-old chief of New Technology at College Canapé-Vert,

Raphael Lijinsky, continue to record Lessons from Madame

Paul's textbook for first-year students, Mon Livre Unique.

Hear her in Haitian Kréyol teach Mathematics as a recorded Lesson to first-year students. She speaks to an imaginary Simone. Her genius for teaching, her love for students, her musicality, is audbile. She and Raphael continue with other Lessons--Language, Science, Hygiene, Poetry, ...--in English, French, Kréyol and Spanish.

Madame Paul with books from Editions Canapé-Vert

in background. Following the January 12 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, Madame Paul was Digicel's Entrepreneur of the Year in Education.

Raphael Lijinsky

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2. Orphans at Foyer Espoir Pour les Enfants (FEPE) who are also students at École Foyer Espoir have formed a band-in-progress. Madame Marie-Jose Poux ("Marie-Jo") sent along

the photo below.

SUFC gathered and transported the instruments from donors

Hungry for Music (Jeff Campbell), Leslie Cooper, Dennis Kyne, and more.

Who's that calling?

3. Peniado Guay, SUFC's main aide in Port-au-Prince, brought

a trumpet donated by Leslie Cooper to students at the EFE

school and their Principal, the likewise dedicated Jonathand

Saintiné.

Haitians are a very special people and SUFC is lucky to work with our partners.

Another "Satchmo"? Well, you never know, and that's one beauty part of working with

our partners. Principal Jonathand Saintiné and Peniado Guay flank students at EFE.

4. The New Orleans City Council, led by At-Large member Jason Williams, last week declared Proclamation of the fourth Tim Green Day in the city. Maryse and Tim were close colleagues. Tim served as General Manager of WWOZ and then WRBH. His earnings as a touring musician with peter Gabriel and Stevie Nicks largely helped to sustain WRBH, New

Orleans' radio-station for the unsighted, during the middle

1990s.

Tim Green, you can hear from bandcamp links, was a deep, lyrical player and much-beloved person.

Jared Brossett, President Helena Moreno, lead sponsor Jason Williams, Cyndi Leung of the New Orleans

City Council, Don Paul, Tim's sister Dianne Greenrainey, Tim's brother Mark Green, Mark's wife Marcy, Maryse Philippe Dejean, Council member Kristin Gisleson Palmer, and Andrew McLean, February 6, 2020.

The poster for Tim Green Day 2017.

Plaque that went up on WRBH's porch when the station named its building after Tim, October 2018.