WINGS OF HOPE /
ST. TRINITY SCHOOL
TAMIL NADU, INDIA
WOMEN IN NEED
NEW YORK CITY
NEW YORK CITY
YOUTH PRIDE CHORUS
NEW YORK CITY
LEKOL SEN TRINITE & WINGS OF HOPE:
Since 2018, Broadway's Babies has employed four local teachers from Jacmel, Haiti to lead visual art, dance, drums, and choral music classes for the students of Lekòl Sen Trinité, a day school that offers education for the most impoverished families and children in the community, and Wings of Hope, a home for children living with physical and mental disabilities who would otherwise be shunned by Haitian society. Our teachers lead 33 classes per week for over 180 students.
Since the independence of Haiti was won in 1804 (the first successful anti-colonial insurrection led by self-liberated slaves), music, dance, and art have been the primary ways Haitians pass their stories down from generation to generation: celebrating their African heritage, memorializing the centuries endured of brutal of slavery, and honoring their hard-won freedom and independence.
No child, no matter how disadvantaged, is too poor to know who they are, where they've come from, and why they should be proud. Before Broadway’s Babies, these schools could not afford to offer any sort of arts education programming, robbing a generation of the ability to learn about their past and move into the future with pride. After only a few months of programming, one of our teachers proudly exclaimed, "Broadway's Babies has given us our culture back!"
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MEET OUR TEACHING ARTISTS
Mackendy was born in Port-au-Prince, but started living on the streets at a young age because is family was too poor to take care of him. He moved to Jacmel with the promise of living in a home, but he was not treated well in that home. Eventually Mackendy went to live at Trinity House, a home for boys in Jacmel. There, Mackendy had the opportunity to live and be cared for with dignity and respect. He went to school and his love of art was fostered and supported. He has supported himself by art.
The Broadway's Babies drumming classes at Lekòl Sen Trinite and Wings of Hope in Haiti are being taught by Eddy Louis. Eddy, a Jacmel native, has been drumming since 2006. He has drummed for several groups and dance companies in Jacmel, including the folkloric dance company Explosion. He has also toured internationally with Explosion. He has also been a drumming teacher in Jacmel for several years.
Gerald is a native of Jacmel, who has been involved in dance since he was a young boy. He has danced with several dance companies, including the Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti, a project of the St. Joseph Family. He has toured the United States several times with the RDTH and other dance companies. He has been a dance teacher in Jacmel for many years, including teaching dance at Trinity House, a home for boys formally operated by the St. Joseph Family in Jacmel.