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April 2022 

ITIAH Bulletin
April 2022
Message from the Founder

Hi friends, 

Welcome to another edition of ITIAH Bulletin. Spring has blossomed and Easter is right around the corner, and our world is brimming with color. It is time to celebrate this wonderful season, and with it comes the Easter holiday. Just like us in the US, our students at EML will celebrate the Easter holiday with church services and may participate in services held on Easter morning by sunrise.

Spring is a perfect time for flowers to bloom. Did you know Haiti’s national flower is the Hibiscus? At times, the people of Haiti use it to steep tea which is a good thing because it helps to boost their immune system. Spring is also a time to enjoy the natural beauty in our surroundings, look at the flowers, and pause to view sunsets and admire an occasional rainbow. Indeed beauty is everywhere. Life is amazing!

However, while we encourage you to take a break from time to time, we hope that you remember that there are others whose lives don't allow them a moment of enjoyment. They need support to keep on going and that’s what the volunteers at IAFL aim to do. The more you get to know us and the students we provide for, we hope you will make a donation or join us as a volunteer. In this edition of our monthly newsletter, we will discuss Carnival in Haiti and how the school celebrated during this tumultuous year. On a lighter note, let’s explore what the variety of colors within the Haitian flag symbolize. Let's also delve into our strong alliance with the Robbinsville High School Robotics team, Nemesis FRC2590, the town's award winning team.

In honor of national volunteer month, hats off to all the women and men at IAFL who are sharing their expertise to transform lives all over the world. 

Happy spring to all! See you at the IAFL Lavender YogaFit Event on Saturday April 16th at 9:30am.

Sincerely,

Marie Thadal

In Loving Memory of Dieumima
Our Dieumima, an orphan and one of our 100 little girls, passed away this month. She was under the care of her loving grandmother and was her grandmother’s hope for the future. While the two were on the way to get water, Dieumima’s precious life was taken away by a stray bullet. Dieumima is remembered as a very bright student and very kind little girl who was deeply loved by her grandmother, students, teachers, and the entire staff at the school. We at IAFL will never forget our little girl Dieumima. We vow to continue our work in her honor. We thank you, our generous supporters who made life better for this little angel. May she rest in peace.
Celebrating the Haitian Flag
Haiti's first flag was conceived by the revolutionary Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who used French flag bits to stick the colors blue and red together. According to local history, red represented those of mixed African and European descent, and blue represented Haiti's African residents. Other accounts attributed the choice of colors by Dessalines and the palm tree and weapons symbol on the current flag to the Vodun religion...
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Carnival Celebration
in Haiti and EML School

Haiti’s biggest celebration of the year, Carnival, or “Kanaval” in Haitian Creole, begins every year in late January and ends with a four-day party right before the Roman Catholic holiday of Ash Wednesday.1 Every Sunday for a month in the lead up to the Carnival, several hundred thousand people descend in the surrounding downtown area of Port-au-Prince for the parade, the music, and the free-flowing and alcohol-fueled celebration. Rara bands are active on the streets, and clubs and bars hold big parties...

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IAFL Supports Robbinsville High School Robotics Team at Robotic Networking Night

ITIAH Angels for Learning (IAFL) attended the Robotic Networking Night hosted by the Robbinsville High School Robotics Team on March 30. Representing IAFL was Marie Thadal,  Magnolia Brown-McGlothen from the executive board, and Jolia Thadal, an IAFL committee lead. Upon arrival at the event, IAFL members were greeted by two assigned ambassadors who helped them navigate the entire evening of presentations, and demonstrations. After settling down, the event began with its business presentation. Dressed in full business attire of black and white, Swetha Ramachandran and Maitri Shah, of the Robbinsville High School Robotics Team highlighted the team’s competition achievements and expressed their gratitude to all the support they receive from the community...
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Haiti and Its History with Medicine

Haiti’s rich history of natural and traditional medicine, otherwise known as green medicine, has deep ties to spirituality. The religion of Haitian Vodou first started to develop in the 17th century. Haitian Vodou is a complex, diverse religion. One common theme is healing rituals through singing, dancing, and drumming. Haitian Vodou has a strong connection with herbal remedies, which continue to be widely used by Haitians today in treating a variety of illnesses. Vodou priests and priestesses are professional healers that incorporate herbs and rituals in the medicinal process. Depending on the condition being treated, herbal remedies are prepared and applied in specific ways. For example, princess vine (scientifically known as Cissus verticillata) is combined with other plants and sugar to create a syrup that treats fever. Ingestion is not the only way herbs are used. People, especially children, often take herbal baths to treat skin rashes or to rid them of evil eye. Herbs and oils are also applied topically to treat wounds or arthritis...

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Upcoming Events
Saturday Yoga with Lavender YogaFit - Saturday, April 16th at 9:30am 
Tickets are $10! Register to win prizes and we encourage you to wear the colors that fit your mood that day! Our sponsors are Lavender YogaFit of Robbinsville, Out Of Step Offbeat Boutique, Rose Boutique, and Tea-For-All located at Trenton's Farmers Market in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Register Here

The Food Drive sponsored by HANA of Garden State (Haitian American Nurses Association of Garden State) 
We are still accepting donations of non-perishable food for the students in Haiti to take home! We have received food from various donors and we are very grateful to them for their generosity! To contribute to the drive, please email us at info@itiahangels.org.

Trenton Farmers Market Pledges to support the IAFL Organization
Over 40 different businesses are located at the Trenton Farmers Market! Eight local farms bring in New Jersey’s freshest seasonal produce. Throughout the marketplace you will find unique shops with jewelry, clothing, books, and skin & body care products There are stands and eateries offering BBQ, Amish favorites, Haitian cuisine, vegan cuisine, tea, coffee from around the world, and wine from local wineries waiting to be discovered. There is a smoke shop for smokeless tobacco, lottery tickets, and newspapers. The Trenton Farmers Market, located at 960 Spruce Street in Lawrence Township, is the oldest continuous running Farmers Market. Artisan makers & producers, crafters, and potters looking for space to engage with shoppers should send an email at thetfm@gmail.com. “There is something for everyone,” says Ludovic Andre, the Trenton Farmers Market manager.

Save the date for the Robbinsville Community Festival - Saturday, June 11th 
This is the most anticipated event of the year. There is something for everyone! Our sponsor for this event is Kafé Kreyol, a Haitian Soul Food Restaurant in Lawrence Township. The community will be delighted with delicious, authentic Haitian/Caribbean food.
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IAFL will be at the Robbinsville Farmers Market this summer every Tuesday from July-August 3:30-7pm tentatively located at The Shoppes at Foxmoor.
Make a donation, make a difference.
ITIAH Angels for Learning continues to provide educational materials for young students in Haiti thanks to our generous donors. We would greatly appreciate if you could contribute to our cause. Every donation matters, even the smallest ones.
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Newsletter Coordinators: Paige CornellKat DinhZahra FallahShu-Ping Jennifer ChenSerina Bernardo, and Jolia Thadal

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