Our interview with Nick Cannell, - the founder of Kombit Mizik

Kombit Mizik: "To harness the universal power of music to empower, educate, and uplift Haitiʼs most vulnerable youth."

Les Couleurs Charity: Nick, tell us more about your upcoming concert in Port-au-Prince, why is this project significant, who's involved, what help do you need?

Nick Cannell: Around the world, there are many challenges to overcoming the stigma and fear associated with HIV/AIDS and knowing one’s status. There is still a perception that HIV is a death sentence and many people are either too scared to find out, don’t have access to education, testing and care, or believe they aren’t at risk.

Konbit Mizik, a non-profit organization based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, aims to shatter this paradigm with our next community service initiative – Pwojè SIDA.

In partnership with Haitian governmental agencies, health organizations, local grassroots organizations, private sponsors, and an assortment of Haiti’s biggest music stars, Pwojè SIDA will combine a major concert with HIV testing and education.

In partnership with Haitian governmental agencies, health organizations, local grassroots organizations, private sponsors, and an assortment of Haiti’s biggest music stars, Pwojè SIDA will combine a major concert with HIV testing and education.

Statement of Need

While Haiti deserves immense praise for a dramatic decrease in the HIV infection rate since the height of the epidemic in the 1980s and 90s, there is still a pressing need for continued education and access to HIV testing, especially for Haiti’s young men and women from low socio-economic status.

Widespread fear, stigma, and myths circulate among Haitians regarding HIV. Very few people, if any, know of the minuscule rate of transmission from mother to infant when treated, the overall manageability of HIV as a chronic disease compared with other diseases such as diabetes, and the ease and non-invasiveness of rapid testing.

Project Description

In July 2016 at Parc Sainte-Thérèse in Port-au- Prince, Pwojè SIDA will feature a line-up of Haiti’s most acclaimed music stars and will provide rapid HIV testing, education, and condom distribution to thousands of Haiti’s general population.

A full-scale marketing campaign and a short documentary 0ilm of the event by Cine Institute will change the mentality and knowledge about HIV/AIDS for the entire country.

The total cost for Pwojè SIDA is between $25,000 and $30,000 depending on which and how many artists perform. Our goal for cost-sharing from individual contributions in the US is $10K.

Please go to www.konbitmizik.org and be a hero for Haiti.