FMEH needs to raise $5,000 to cover costs of its professional marketing & public relation consulting fees for capital campaign preparation.

Romel Joseph, Haitian Juilliard-trained violinist and earthquake survivor, needs YOUR help to rebuild his music school in Haiti!

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, The New Victorian School was completely destroyed by the 7.3 earthquake which hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Executive Director, Romel Joseph, was trapped under the rubble of his academic and music school for 18 hours and sustained severe injuries to both his feet and left hand. He was airlifted by the American Embassy to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, and was eventually released on March 13, 2010.

Thanks to the donations of many generous friends, family, and supporters, Romel Joseph and his daughter, Victoria, were able to return on March 29, 2010, to hire 22 construction workers to break and remove what was left of the two buildings that composed TNVS.

On July 20, 2010, we began the construction of the temporary shelter on the original TNVS property and On September 2010, TNVS has restarted it academic program for over 200 students. Thanks to the instrument donations from many individuals and institutions, such as Atlanta Violins and Bob Murphy's Violin Shop, the music section was able to recommence on October 2011.

In June 2010, Romel Joseph created a new organization, Friends of Music Education for Haiti, Inc., to serve as the non-profit 501(c)3 international expansion of The New Victorian School. Its sole purpose is to raise funds for the reconstruction of The New Victorian School and Haiti’s first performing arts center, as well as provide quality music education, instrumental training, and academic education for the children and the youth of Haiti.

Finally, after three years of careful preparation following the January 2010 earthquake, The New Victorian School is ready to start the exciting and challenging task of its’ first capital campaign activities in order to raise the necessary funds to build a more modern school facility and its’ expansion, the Haiti Performing Arts Center. Designed by Harry Teague of Harry Teague Architects, this project will consist of a concert hall, a music conservatory for underprivileged children and youth, a residential facility for foreign music teachers, performers, and alike, and a utility building.

During this pivotal period, FMEH will need to raise $5,000 to cover the costs of its professional marketing and public relation consulting fees for the preparation of its multi-faceted fundraising plan in order to achieve a successful capital campaign. The marketing and the public relation plans are the method and the means by which FMEH will propel the mission, goals, objectives, activities, the need and the enormous benefits of the creation of the Performing Arts Center for the children and youth of Haiti.

The time has arrived for the children of Haiti to not merely survive but to live a happy life through social and cultural nourishment where there emotional and psychological needs are met. They shall not live by bread, water and medicine alone, but also by visual arts, theater, fine arts and music. By contributing to this project, you will make a positive difference in the lives of these wonderful Haitian children.

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