AHDH President Yvelyne McCarthy spent three weeks in Haiti conducting an art camp and helping to
launch a photography camp in Riviere Froide. The photography camp idea took seed when University of
New Orleans (UNO) Artist in Residence, Ariya Martin read about Yvelyne's camp for kids in 2011 in the UNO
newsletter.Along with teaching photography courses at UNO, Ariya co-founded One Bird, a non-profit organization
whose first success started with the New Orleans Kid Camera Project. Haiti is the second international program for
Together with two other photographers, Ariya led a photography camp for 56 youth aged 11 -15 while Yvelyne's
art camp accommodated 30 children aged 4 -10.Yvelyne organized living arrangements as well as translators to
help the photography camp flow smoothly. The photographers were impressed and amazed with the excellent
level of translation provided by Riviere Froide's young scholars. At awards ceremony on the last camp day, the
kids received certificates.The photographers and Yvelyne were surprised to get certificates of thanks and local
wooden craft gifts. Images from the students will be on display in December 2012 at the UNO St Claude Gallery
during PhotoNola. One Bird is already planning to accompany Yvelyne on her next mission. For further information
about One Bird please go to, http://onebirdprojects.tumblr.com/ and also visit Facebook.
There is more!!! AHDH chartered a bus and took 57 kids and 12 adults on a field trip to the museum in P-a-P
documenting the Haitian periods from slavery to independence. Students visited the museum and also got a close
up look of the palace, still in disrepair. When one student said, "I never thought I'd would ever be here to visit
this museum or see the palace," Yvelyne flashed a proud AHDH smile. Students also enjoyed an afternoon at the
beach and received book bags donated by AHDH, cameras donated by One Bird, T-shirts donated by UNO, and
dental supplies donated by Dr. Jorge Schwartz.
And..there is still more!
In 2011, a major request from the community was to help finish a well for drinking water that comes from a
truck that delivers it already treated. AHDH provided the funding, local men built it and there is now a well that
is equipped to function with a pump when there is electricity, or a bucket when that it absent. It provides 3,500
gallons of water for purchase at a minimal cost to help pay for delivery and workers to supervise it.
Last but not least- The 57th kid on the bus was little Elizabeth Lauture, AHDH and HeartGift's Miracle Child
who had the life-saving surgery in New Orleans back in March. As a gesture of thanks, Mrs. Lauture gave
Yvelyne fruits, vegetables, a live chicken and also allowed Elizabeth to spend two days with her. Yvelyne had
to apologize for returning the chicken because it became her friend after she fed it! See picture of Elizabeth
with the chicken.