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A Day In The Life Of KozeAyiti (No.1) (Original)

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We had a telephone-conference call two days after the earthquake. It was immediately obvious how huge this disaster was... The School of Communication hosted a meeting for the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Miami to see what can we do to help Haiti during the recovery, the rebuilding process. Moses Shumow: We just started to sort of brainstorming: how can we contribute? We just thought: Well, what we can try to do is "Keep the conversation about Haiti alive". We realize that prior to the earthquake, Haiti received so little attention in the media. When we did hear something about Haiti, it was usually "Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere". Tod Landess: The first initial meeting was about "How can we help on a long term basis?" And .... that's pretty much what brought me to the Organization Koze Ayiti. Moses Shumow: And we wanted to try to sort of address that lack of knowledge, that lack of understanding and that lack of contact that exists around Haiti as a country. Particularly, following the earthquake, when we have seen the huge issues that Haiti was going to be facing, so we decided to try to build this communication initiative. That's what "Koze Ayiti" is. Tod Allen Landess: My neighbors are Haitians. And I travel through "Little Haiti" everyday to get to the University of Miami. So, I feel very connected to the community because I travel through it every day. Moses Shumow: People in the future can go back and hear first hand what it meant to live through a disaster of this proportion. I think we need to always focus on the voices of the voiceless. You know, if you think about the history of Haiti, that's really how it's been for the majority of that population. They don't have a voice. So, what we are trying to do is just offer one, one outlet. Tod: One thing that I can say about Haiti is that there is a tremendous amount of hope. I think "Koze Ayiti" could be part of the process of providing a platform to showcase that hope. Transcriber and Translator: Yanick Landess

Video Details

Duration: 2 minutes and 9 seconds
Year: 2010
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Miami Montage 2010 (A High School Students Journalism Workshop Production)
Director: Prof. Yves Colon, Director of "University of Miami Summer Journalism Workshop - 2010"
Views: 151
Posted by: koze on Aug 3, 2010

Moses Shumow and Tod Landess are co-founders of “KozeAyiti”, which means conversations with and about Haiti. Koze Ayiti is an initiative devoted to creating better communications between Haiti and the world. Koze Ayiti was created by faculty, staff, and students at the University of Miami School of Communication. Koze Ayiti is working in partnership with several NGO's, universities, media and volunteers from the Haitian community. This video opens a small window in the life of KozeAyiti. More videos to come.

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