CBS Correspondent DeMarco Morgan & Miss Haiti Universe Lisa Drouillard to host the 6th Annual Haiti Cherie Fundraiser Event

NEW YORK – On Saturday, June 4th 2016, the 6th annual Haiti Cherie charity event will bring together hundreds to raise funds for local nonprofit organizations in Haiti still working to recover from the 2010 earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people. The event will honor the accomplishments of Haitian professionals, who have excelled in their fields, and serve as a reminder of Haitian pride, culture and resilience.

The 2016 honorees include Judge Sybil Elias, 1st female Haitian judge from New Jersey. JP Alfred, Head of Business Development from the US from GETT transportation.

Royal Caribbean and the Pan American Development foundation improve access to clean water, sanitation in Haiti

CAP-HAITIAN, Haiti–Residents of Labadie Village on the north coast of Haiti now have access to clean water and improved sanitation, thanks to a partnership between Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF).

Before the sanitation project, residents in Labadie had limited access to drinking water and other basic services. With $300,000 in funding from Royal Caribbean, PADF has taken measures to protect the water supply and improve infrastructure to reduce the risk of community-based disease outbreaks. Today, 1,200 families now benefit from an upgraded water reservoir, a refurbished clean water kiosk and a new water catchment system. In addition, more than 8,000 trees were planted to protect the local watershed.

“We seek to enhance the wellbeing of the communities in which we live and work,” says Adam Goldstein, President and Chief Operating Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We have been committed to Haiti for decades and are pleased to provide sustainable solutions which make life easier for residents and make them more resilient to potential health threats.”

Little Haiti boundaries now official

What’s in a name?

In Lemon City — make that Little Haiti — the answer, for those who live and work in the community, is everything.

And so cheers erupted and brows furrowed Thursday in jam-packed Miami City Hall when commissioners voted unanimously to designate Little Haiti as an official city neighborhood. The creation of legal boundaries for the community in northeast Miami has been pushed for years, but always unsuccessfully due largely to overlapping boundaries with Lemon City, a historic neighborhood that predated the incorporation of Miami, the Miami Herald reported.

For proponents and opponents of the proposal, who debated for hours Thursday, the at-times racially-tinged conflict came down to preserving history and heritage. Lemon City advocates worried the city would wipe out the story of the place where Miami’s first school and library were founded. Haitian activists argued developers are already buying up property and gentrifying the neighborhood, clearing out their community.

“We are elated. Now no one can come and erase the name of Little Haiti,” Marleine Bastien, executive director of Fanm Ayisyen nan Miyami, said after the vote. “If this decision was not made today, in a few years Little Haiti would disappear.”

Nearly half million Haitians in line for cholera vaccinations

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti– Authorities are teaming up with two United Nations agencies on a vaccination campaign against cholera that aims to reach 400,000 people in Haiti this year.

The Ministry of Public Health and Population has secured the support of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The first phase of the campaign was launched on May 11 in the town of Arcahaie, about 30 minutes north of the capital, with the aim of providing two doses of oral vaccine to some 118,000 people between this month and the next.

A second phase of the vaccination campaign is planned for the second half of the year, but officials say nearly 563,785 additional doses are required for it to be successful.

For both phases of the campaign, an initial budget of about US $3.6 million has been provided.

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