What is Camp Acra?
From January 12, 2010, thousands of earthquake victims found refuge in two large adjoining fields, which later formed camp Acra. At the beginning people simply found whatever they could to make shelters: plastic sheets, zinc, planks and pieces of wood. Over the weeks more and more people arrived in the camps.
For women this was a very dangerous time: there were rapes, fights, stealing. Violence raged day and night. Everyone was also afraid of another earthquake: "all the time the ground would shake and we did not know what would disturb us – rapists, thieves or more quakes."
Camp Acra is currently home to over 32,000 people. In the past month, the Camp Acra committee have finished building a new school which they are already using to teach art class, hold camp workshops, and provide computer training. Everybody is welcome to these classes and workshops, which are open every day for women, girls, boys and men, young and old.
But - all of this work needs support!
What does the Camp need?
At the moment we only have very limited resources. We are using two laptops for the computer classes and need at least 6 more as well as a battery and inverter given the very limited supply of electricity in Port Au Prince. We also need some specialized sewing machines for making shoes and bags as well as art equipment. We have been experimenting with making jewellery from recycled paper, coconuts and beads; sandals from recycled tires and crochet twine, bags and hand painted T-shirts and we hope to begin selling their products soon.
- Purchasing up to six (refurbished) computers;
- Purchasing a camera
- Purchasing an electricity converter
- Specialized sewing machines and
- Art supplies
Be part of the Bridge!
By supporting this group of brilliant, creative, enterprising young people in Haiti you are supporting a group of young people that have refused to simply 'sit and wait' for change. Who are making change on their own terms - in creative and inclusive ways. This committed group of young people are dedicated to rebuilding their lives and a sense of community in the camps. You are supporting real on the ground grassroots youth activists.
With very limited resources I have come up with a few small perks that are just my way of saying THANK YOU!
- For those who give $10 of support, you will receive good ol' rewarding feeling - doing good feels good!
- For those who give $25 of support, you will receive a public thank you on facebook and the Camp Acra website.
- For those who give $50 of support, you will receive a personalized, hand-painted postcard with a handwritten note from Amina Doherty - a young self-taught Nigerian artist.
- For those who give $100 of support, you will receive a piece of limited edition jewellery designed by the young people in Camp Acra.
- For those who give $200 of support, you will receive a limited edition T-Shirt designed by the young people in Camp Acra.
- And for those who contribute a whopping $500 of support, you will receive a personalised 'thank you' letter from the members of the youth program, a piece of their art, and a pack of postcards from Amina Doherty.
What your support means
Other Ways You Can Help
If you would like to support Camp Acra but cannot donate money, we would really appreciate the following instead:
- Share this campaign link on your FB page with a clear ask to your friends to donate on your behalf
- Share this campaign link via Twitter
- If you’re an artist/creative spirit consider donating a service/product for me to include in my perks.
- Consider giving me a shout out via an email blast or highlighting this campaign on your blog
My name is Sokari Ekine. I am a Nigerian writer and activist. My personal involvement with Haiti began in 2007 when as online editor of Pambazuka News, I first visited the country and met with grassroots women activists. This is my third visit since the 2010 earthquake and I am presently on a one year 2013 IRP New Media Fellowship reporting on gender and health related issues in Haiti. Being here has enabled me to more activiely engage in a range of solidarity work including teaching, advoicay and campaign work. I was introduced to the camp committee by my long time friend, educator and community organizer, Rea Dol. Through the Chanjam Leson movement, Camp Acra and Adoquin have spent the past three years creating a community in the two camps. I have an enormous respect for the way the committee has organised to improve the life of camp residents by providing security for women and children, schools, sanitiation teams, support of women and families with cholera, as well as plan their long term housing and socioeconomic needs. At this moment they do need some finanical support so they can move forward with their income generation and youth training plans.