Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. It’s not located far from the U.S., but even so, 80% of it’s residents still live in poverty. Instruments of Joy was founded to fight poverty with beauty. We deliver quality instruments to the developing world in partnership with world relief efforts because music can effectively relieve the internal poverty that can set in after experiencing years with little hope and inspiration. Here are three stories of 3 guitars that we recently delivered to Haiti to bring hope through music:
Kerby is from a very remote farming community located high in the mountains. He picked up basic guitar skills from friends but has never been able to purchase his own guitar to learn more fully. This guitar from Instruments of Joy will allow him to further develop his skills and lead more confidently in group singing. Kerby was most excited about the opportunity to use the guitar to teach children to play.
This is Saint-Clair Sanon. He was so excited to receive his guitar that he walked over a mile in the pouring rain and mud to pick it up. A carpenter by trade, Saint-Clair is from the village of Guibert – a remote farming community. Consistent clean water and mountainous terrain continue make life difficult but years of Haiti relief efforts have primarily made his village a success story. Saint-Clair is a recognized musician in his community who had been using an old acoustic to lead out in playing and singing. With his new guitar, he is looking forward to improving his skills and his sound. He doesn’t want his instrument to be solely used for himself, but he also wants others in his community to benefit from the instrument for years to come…
Christophe is from an isolated farming village in Haiti’s mountainous province of Kenscoff. He loves music and plays and sings as often as he can just for the enjoyment of it and in his church band. He’s had access to a very old, wore-down acoustic that he was playing. Now with his Instruments of Joy guitar, he is looking forward to expanding and modernizing his ability. As with Saint-Clair, Christophe expressed that he wants the other people to be served by the instrument as well and sees it being a benefit to much more than himself.
By sponsoring an instrument, you can create a story like these and give joy though music:
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