The 6th Annual
Wednesday, September 2, 2023
Join us for our sixth year benefiting Espere Community Counseling Center, one of the only mental health centers in Haiti. All profits and donations from the benefit go directly to support Espere as they seek to decrease the stigma and help survivors through trauma related to natural disasters, sexual assault, kidnapping, poverty, political unrest, etc.
Children and adults throughout Haiti are exposed to trauma, including natural disasters, family separation due to child slavery, human trafficking, "poverty orphans", and high rates of violent crime and sexual assault. More than half the population of Haiti developed symptoms of PTSD or depression following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Yet the stigma and misunderstandings about mental health continue to keep people suffering in silence. Espere strives to increase awareness and access to mental health services so people learn there is a name for their pain, they are not alone, and they can get better.
The Team & Services
Espere Community Counseling Center is committed to improving the mental health and well-being of people throughout Haiti. With recent political turmoil and natural disasters, the Port-au-Prince-based nonprofit has added a satellite office in Les Cayes to extend the reach of services, creating a need for another therapist, as well as travel funds for current therapists. The dedicated mental health team, comprised of local psychologists and mental health workers, offer a wide range of services to address different mental health needs available in Creole, English, or French. These services include individual counseling, support groups, hospital/clinic support, school support, orphanage and children's home support, and even seminars and workshops throughout the community.
How to Donate
There will be few options to donate this year. As usual, we will be selling raffle tickets for gift cards to local businesses and artist merch (must be present to win). We will also have exclusive items in our silent auction beginning Thursday, September 31. You may also use Venmo or the Text to Donate to donate directly to Espere Community Counseling Center. However is best for you, we will make it happen!
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Want to donate to the raffle or silent auction?
The First Annual Acoustic Healing Benefit was held at Bobby's Idle Hour. We raised $300, which covered two months' salary for two therapists.