Before the January 12, 2010 earthquake struck, 25 disabled children languished in a ward in Port-au-Prince General Hospital where they had been abandoned. Paint peeled from the walls. Water dripped from the ceiling. At night, the orphans slept three to a crib. Most of the 25 children had never even been outside. When the earthquake hit, a quarter of a million people died and most of the hospital was destroyed. Partners in Health, spirited the kids away to a refuge on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, a place called Zanmi Beni. For more information, visit
Every May, UNCSA high school students share their creativity in creating and performing projects with the orphans of Zanmi Beni. UNCSA music students form bucket bands to explore the world of rhythm and percussion; visual artists use digital cameras to share the magic of photography; dancers teach dance to wheelchair bound Haitian children. The studios of UNCSA and the rubble of Haiti are worlds apart, but every summer, knowledge, compassion, creativity, and the magic of art bring us together. While we are in Haiti, we interview and document the lives of the Haitian orphans. Upon return, UNCSA students create a multimedia production sharing the stories of our Haitian friends with the world.
Partners In Health
PIH was founded in 1987 to deliver health care to the residents of Haiti's mountainous Central Plateau region. In the 25 years since then, PIH has expanded in Haiti's Artibonite and Central Plateau regions, and launched additional projects around the world. Its mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.