La Belle Vie: The Good Life is a film that I hope helps people reflect on Haiti and its essential relationship to its Diaspora. It’s a film that offers a sense of discovery of oneself and its roots. This film also sends a message of hope and an opportunity to find ways to continue to be part of the next phase in Haiti’s history.
Here are 5 ways to be part of the rebuilding of Haiti.
As a kid, I wanted for so long to adapt and take on other culture’s as my own because my Haitian culture was so badly stigmatized. Until I became comfortable with my own identity, learned more about Haiti’s history and culture is when I vowed always to be proud of my Haitian identity.
Learn about Haitian culture, support cultural organizations and Haitian Artisans who use their talents to show a variety of ways to expose the positive richness of the Haitian experience.
The best way to combat stereotypes and misconceptions is to visit Haiti for yourself. Tell your own story. Write a journal, take pictures, selfies and share your perspective. Take your children and visit the country side, experience the national monuments and teach your kids about Haiti’s contribution to the world.
Whenever you see a Made In Haiti product buy it! A large population of Haitian’s that live in the Urban areas need jobs. The people who live on the outskirts also need work, agriculture needs to be restored and artist’s need to sell their work. Buying Haitian coffee, art, rice, mangos, you name it , BUY HAITI is a great way of supporting the Haitian economy.
If you know you have a green thumb go to Haiti and plant tree’s. If you are singer, doctor, lawyer, a bird watcher . . . invest what you passionate about and work with the people on the ground. Find ways to listen to what the people who live in Haiti think is best and work hand in hand.