FLASHBACK: It’s hard to forget the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti in 2010. Mosctha’s 20-20 Campaign involved providing food, tents and water. Mosctha was also involved in building homes for the displaced. 

Congratulations to the winners, Tiffany Kapri & Katie Yeend! See you at SHOW:Love.

Congratulations to the winners, Tiffany Kapri & Katie Yeend! See you at SHOW:Love.

2011 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts

Don’t know what to get your boo this Valentine’s Day?
Make a donation on their behalf to those currently most in need in Haiti.

And if you’re not committed and playing the field, feel free to make separate donations, one for each of them.

http://www.crowdrise.com/MOSCTHA/fundraiser/helpmosctha

The Sweetest Thing : Haitian Sweet Potato Cake
















Haitian Sweet Potato Cake

2 pounds sweet potato, peeled 

1 large ripe banana, peeled and cut in 1-inch pieces 

1 cup packed brown sugar 

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 

¼ teaspoon salt 

1½ (12-ounce) cans evaporated milk 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 

3 cloves, crushed 

Rind of 1 lemon, grated 

1½ cups light coconut milk 

3 teaspoons butter

Preheat oven to 375º F.

Grate sweet potatoes into mixing bowl. Mash banana into sweet potatoes. Add all the ingredients (except 1 tablespoon brown sugar), mixing in one ingredient at a time until each ingredient is fully blended into the mix.

Spread evenly into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon of brown sugar over the top of the pudding.
 Bake for 1½ hours, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is golden brown.

Serve warm or cold and keep leftovers refrigerated.

Who’s coming to dance with MOSCTHA tonight?

"On January 28th, 2011 MHDP presents Djakout Mizik. The group has played with Wyclef Jean and is one of the best carnival bands in Haiti. Their performance is energetic and unforgettable. Some of their hits include, "Septieme Ciel", "Naje Pou Souti", and "Biznis Pam". With nine members of the band, the stage will be packed and so will the dance floor! Djakout Mizik has been active since 1993 and we are looking forward to having them here in New York at SOB’s"

 

El Agua Es Vida – Pero Como?

While accompanying MOSCTHA’s team to Anse-A-Pitre, Haiti, I had the opportunity to speak with Lico Enrique Agustin, MOSCTHA’s Director of Community Development about MOSCTHA’s approach to partnerships, and the development of a water treatment system in this community.

MOSCTHA-Haiti has many different projects, ranging from agriculture, micro-credit, water, sustainable development, health care and more. Education and community development are elements that run throughout each department and project. Lico explained the role of the “promotores,” an essential element to each project. Promotores are kind of like promoters of the projects, working between MOSCTHA and the communities MOSCTHA is working in.

Lico is currently MOSCTHA’s lead representative in a collaborative effort between six organizations to bring potable water to the town of Anse-A-Pitre. The town currently has a comprehensive network of canals that bring water from a river that is dammed, into the agricultural areas around the town and eventually into the town itself. People bathe and wash clothes in the narrow canals running parallel to the dusty dirt roads. The upside is that water is readily accessible within the town. The biggest challenge is that it’s contaminated.

The water project is working to develop the infrastructure necessary to divert water from the river into a treatment center, and then provide controlled access from a community water center. Additionally, the project aims to develop a new culture around water, so that people can care for their water source and avoid contamination.

“We know that el agua es vida (water is life),” says Lico. “Pero como? How are we taking care of water? This project aims to provide capacity building, training and organizational development to the town members of Anse-A-Pitre as part of the longer term sustainability plan. And while we want the water to be available for collective use, it must also be our collective responsibility to take care of it.”

January 13th, 2011

The impact of the earthquake has, among other things, made Port-au-Prince a massive grave site.  With over 300,000 people dead and 1.5 million people still homeless and living in tents, the earthquake has left an indelible mark on Haiti and its future. Many families that survived were forced to walk miles to safety.  This is one such family.

January 13th, 2011

The impact of the earthquake has, among other things, made Port-au-Prince a massive grave site.  With over 300,000 people dead and 1.5 million people still homeless and living in tents, the earthquake has left an indelible mark on Haiti and its future. Many families that survived were forced to walk miles to safety.  This is one such family.