Friends of Music Education for Haiti, Inc. was founded by Juilliard-trained violinist, Romel Joseph, in order to provide quality music education, instrumental training, and academic education for the children and the youth of Haiti following the tragic January 12, 2010 7.0 earthquake.
The people of Haiti need not only food, housing, clean water, and medicine. Their social and cultural needs must also be met. Music education can play a positive role in improving the lives of the Haitian people by infusing high self-esteem, discipline, leadership, teamwork, creative thinking, hard work, and joy, as it did for Romel Joseph.
It is imperative that these attributes are instilled in the next generation of the children and the youth of Haiti in order to create a more constructive society. With this purpose, FMEH's mission is to cultivate the arts in Haiti, as they are the food that nurtures the soul and helps one to live a fuller life.
Arts can foster self esteem, dignity, pride, community and civic engagement. Due to the horrible housing, health, and nutritional situation that the people of Haiti face, all attention seems to be focused exclusively on these pressing problems. Without a social and cultural life, however, there will be little reason for tourists ever to come to Haiti, and little emotional and psychological healing will take place in the society.
Just like any major city of any country, Port-au-Prince needs restaurants, movie theaters, parks, museums, and certainly concert halls. As a Haitian professional musician, Romel Joseph's final life dream is to ensure that Haiti has a prestigious music conservatory, a modern state-of-the-art concert hall, and a distinguished music curriculum implemented in the Haitian public school system.
We need your help to make our mission a reality. Feel free to browse our website and to join us in Romel Joseph's initiative to further enrich the arts and culture of Haiti.