January 14, 2011
During the summer of 2010, three BU Law students, Valerie Kua ('11), Mark [...]Goracke ('12) and Julia Gregoire ('11), interned with a non-profit called Internet Bar Organization to work on the "Haiti Sings" project. The goal was to teach Haitian musicians about their legal rights while encouraging them to showcase their talent over the Internet. BU Law students helped prepare training packages for the musicians, and Gregoire traveled with the team to Haiti to teach a legal workshop and help with French translation.
“I was just really excited about the project and the idea of actually doing something,” said Gregoire. “In as little as one to two weeks we had found all these people, auditioned 60 people, recorded 20, taught them marketing skills and legal rights, met their extended families, videotaped biographies of them and then put them on the Internet and shared them with the world.”
For more information on Haiti Sings, visit www.peacetones.org
- photos and video by Ruha Devanesan and Valerie Schenkman
- music by Bill Nathan, Mackyr, Ester Robuste, Wanito and Leon Eddy
- interviews and production by Casey Atkins