(Top- Gerry and Stacey behind the bar. The rest- Dancing on the terrace.)
On April 1st, 2010 (April Fool’s Day) Architecture For Humanity officially began operation in Port au Prince, Haiti. It is (almost) one year later. On Saturday, the 26th of March, AFH had their first anniversary party. Given all of the work that AFH has done in that year, it was certainly time to celebrate.
We invited all of the NGOs in Port au Prince (I guess there’s an email list or something.) Since the invite only went out a week in advance, and the house is a bit out of the way, not all of them showed up. We did have a fairly decent crowd though, at around 50 people at the peak.
Everyone at the house chipped in 1000g, ($25 USD) for drinks and the sound system. We stocked the big bar in the living room full of alcohol, especially the famous Haitian rhum. The soundsystem was, in true Haitian style, late in arriving. What it lacked in punctuality, however, it more than made up for in size. What we wound up with was four HUGE speakers that were stacked two and two, and each stack was about 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide when set up. We could have blown the roof off of the place. (We didn’t.) Apparently Gerry didn’t know what he ordered!
With a great audio system and a loaded bar, we had to get some visuals going. We decided to strap a projector on the top balcony and project images onto the big terrace below, which was the dance floor. It was awesome.
The party was a great success, and a great way to unwind for us all. The guests had a fun time, too. At some point Lyndia’s drum and maracas came out and we had a jam session to some Kompa (traditional Haitian music). I think I even heard some Martelly at some point in the night. Happy anniversary, AFH!