HAITIAN BREEZE CAFE: A MISSION AND A MOVIE.
Thank you for taking the time to check out this campaign and help it succeed. Thank you for winning thus far in the Human Experience and striving to make the world a better place for others. When we help the world, we help ourselves. Haitian Breeze Cafe is a mission and a movie, and an incredible way to help talented Haitians support themselves and their community through small business, music, and compassion for their people.
1. RAISE AT LEAST $5000 TO PURCHASE ALL NECESSARY EQUIPMENT FOR RONY PIERRE AND HIS BROTHER ODSON LABISSIERE TO PREPARE FOOD AND SERVE DRINKS.
A) TRAVEL TO LEOGANE, HAITI ON OCTOBER 14TH, 2018 WITH THE TEAM, MEET UP WITH RONY AND COLLECT THE ITEMS ON THIS LIST:
- GAS COOKER
- FIRST MONTHS SUPPLY
- CHAFING DISHES (3)
- TABLES (4)
- CHAIRS (4)
- PAINT + SUPPLIES
- BROOMS (2)
B) COMPLETE MAINTENANCE WORK, INSTALL EQUIPMENT, AND OPEN HAITIAN BREEZE CAFE FOR BUSINESS.
3. WITH THE TEAM, RECORD THE MISSION FROM START TO FINISH AND CAPTURE THE STORY OF HAITIAN BREEZE CAFE
4. RETURN HOME, COMPLETE POST PRODUCTION OF FILM AND RECORD, SLATED FOR RELEASE MARCH 2019.
6. CELEBRATE OUR SUCCESS WITH A BADASS PREMIER PARTY IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR "HAITIAN BREEZE CAFE"!
5. RETURN TO HAITI IN JUNE, 2019 TO CHECK ON THE CAFE AND BEGIN THE PROCESS FOR IMPLEMENTING SOLAR POWER, WIFI, AND LARGE SCALE WATER PURIFICATION.
THE STORY TO NOW:
About 4 years ago, my Mom coordinated with Warren McGuffin, my future mentor and founder of Thomas Food Project, for me to spend a week in the Haitian countryside and experience the people and culture. It was an opportunity, and at the age of 21, I took it and decided to show up.
I landed in Port-au-Prince and was astonished by the beauty of the Haitian people and their culture. It became apparent to me quickly how sharp minded and resilient many of the young men I've met are. I felt deeply I would not be satisfied until I was able to help the few I've grown close with and help them maximize their potential as leaders of their communities and country.They are hungry to learn and grow and improve their lives and those of their communities. Despite the dearth of fundamental necessities like clean water, nutritious food, and power, people in Haiti find a way to create music, businesses, movies, and express themselves through any medium at their disposal. They are natural born hustlers and entrepreneurs and with quality tools, their potential as human beings is absolutely closer to realization.
I first traveled to Haiti and took photos and learn the culture. Then I returned to teach English, a language that vastly improves the potential for any Haitian person to earn a living. Naturally, I gravitated towards those creating music and art and inevitably found myself inside a DIY music studio with a group of young Haitian men incredibly excited to show me their work and to collaborate on something new. Almost as soon as we got everything powered up, the government cut the power, things went dark and morale sank to the floor. I walked home that night and it occurred to me that these were the types of individuals I could best serve, and by getting them the tools they need to overcome their circumstances and create value in their communities was what I wanted to do most while here on earth. That moment was 2 years ago.
I returned to California and proceeded with plans to host an event in San Francisco debuting a new music and video project called "SF". While preparing the event page (just like I am now), I ended up on the phone with a great friend named Adam and he said, "Why don't you make it a fundraiser for what you do in Haiti?" DING! So obvious but I hadn't even considered it... and so thats just what it became. Here's the Recap Video for ART, COMPASSION, HUMANITY.
Somehow, someway, the idea conceptualized in my bedroom while messing around with some obscure quadrophonic mixing techniques materialized into a wonderful night full of friends and family and quality individuals that raised enough funds to do some quality work in Haiti in the spring of 2017.
Through a Kickstarter campaign and ticket sales at the door, we raised $2145. That money went towards 2 projects :
- A Quality Laptop computer for my good friend Charles Eddyson, who has used it to coordinate a kids club, work his way through medical school, and now has ambitions to establish his own orphanage in Port-Au-Prince.
- A Solar-Powered Phone Charging business set up at Bernard Stiven's house in Thomas, Haiti. Bernard is an incredible individual who overcame Typhoid Fever as a child, learned English, and has become a leader in his community and incredibly valuable individual to the Thomas Food Project, a non-profit organization run by my mentor Warren McGuffin.
I returned to Haiti with the funds and both projects came to fruition. It was on this trip that I began to venture out on my own more often, and the final 4 days of the trip made a journey with Rony Pierre through Port-au-Prince to his brother's house in Leogane, the studio where he records music with a man named Lestemny, and then to the orphanage he and his brother grew up in.
The orphanage had lost its only patron and was failing to provide for the kids. I took on myself to help and upon returning to the US, worked hard to raise money and get the kids food. I did this for a few months, and then ran out of money myself and we all went hungry...
What I'd been working on wouldn't sustain itself.
So I began devising a plot to start my own coffee business in Arizona and delegate proceeds to the orphanage and the efforts in Haiti. While in the planning process, Rony Pierre reached out to me with his plans to start his own cafe in Haiti with his brother Odson. It was the opportunity I'd been praying for, and I figured it would be great to start his, then move onto my coffee store. And so here we are, doing just that!
It is no doubt a serious undertaking. It will take the prayers and wallets and hearts of many to become a reality... but it will be done, and there will be sustainable income for Rony, his brother, and the orphanage.
$5000 is what it will take to start the cafe, and all additional funds raised will go towards future improvements, an emergency fund for Rony and his people, and the development of the location into a vast tree of resources for Leogane.
Thank you for your love and support and please feel more than free to reach out to me, Bob Rabbit, at 9257194287 with any questions or ideas on how to best serve this mission! Thank you and Love YOU.
With Art, Compassion, Humanity,
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Risks and challenges
Haiti is a much more difficult and dangerous place to start a business and make a film. There will no doubt be unpredictable events that occur and force us to improvise. It is no small responsibility as leader of the team to ensure we make it there, start the cafe, record the film and album, and make it back safely. We will need all the prayers and good vibes we can to ensure our mission is safe and successful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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