It’s time for another No Menu Monday at Bar Marco!

It’s time for another No Menu Monday at Bar Marco!

i Aug 11th No Comments by

It’s that time of the year again. Time to enjoy delicious Haitian food at one of the best spots in town.

The Highland Park Kitchen Staples Co-Operative is taking over the kitchen at Bar Marco in Pittsburgh’s Strip District again this year for an authentic night of Haitian food and fun to benefit HFF.

Bar Marco’s No Menu: Haiti will give you the opportunity to support the work of Jamie and Ali while enjoying the best Creole meal you can get outside of the amazing Caribbean country. The donation-based dinner will feature multiple courses with favorites created from recipes used every day by families in HFF programs.

Special thanks to Bar Marco and the wonderful volunteer chefs from the Highland Park coop!

The official details:

What: No Menu Monday benefiting Haitian Families First
When: Monday, August 18th from 5-11pm
Where: Bar Marco (2216 Penn Ave, 15222)

Cost: $30/plate

No Menu Monday 2014 | Bar Marco

Spring Carnival at Chatham University!

i Apr 15th No Comments by

Enjoy a day of springtime fun with the Chatham community on Saturday, April 19th from 11 am – 1 pm.

This wonderful tradition is open to the Chatham and Pittsburgh community. Bring guests and enjoy an afternoon with festive activities including carnival foods, balloon artists, egg hunt, face painters and live chicks and bunnies.

Raffle tickets will be on sale that directly benefit HFF.

Can’t make it to the event, but would still like to make a donation?

You can choose one of the amounts listed on our donations page, or you can name your own donation.

Time For Kanaval!

i Mar 6th No Comments by

An annual carnival celebration—leading up to Mardi Gras—is a big event in many places around the world.

Haiti is no exception!

Many schools across the country celebrated Haitian Kanaval last week with a day off school, and a big party complete with food, drink, music, dancing, and more dancing.

In Montrouis, Haiti, we were part of an exciting Kanaval story this year.

We learned from some of our students who attend school together that they would not be having a kanaval party this year. That they are one of many schools that cannot afford to throw a party each year.

You see, in order to hold a kanaval party, school administration ask each parent to contribute a small amount to the cost of the party, and to ensure that their child has a kanaval style outfit/costume to wear to the party.

As a school that serves extremely low income families, this administration knows that it is not realistic to ask families to contribute to the party costs.

For $80, HFF was able to cover costs for a drink and small snack for each student at the school—512 kids total—and supplies for each student to decorate a kanaval mask!

The students and parents pitched in to plan what music would be played, who would perform, and to choreograph a group dance.

Everyone agreed that the suggested attire would be anything at all, removing the pressure for the students to dress up in a kanaval costume, which can be expensive.

The outcome was amazing and many of the students said it was the best party they have ever been a part of.

We received a letter from the school director this week thanking us for the contribution, which made it possible to give these kids a special day that they all deserved so much.

It was the first year since the earthquake in 2010 that this school was able to celebrate kanaval.

While it is true that most of our days are filled with desperate parents, scary sicknesses, and frustrating situations, sometimes we are able to bring remarkable happiness to the children we love.

This brings us the joy and encouragement to continue our work every day.

We have the incredible opportunity to continue to bring happiness and joy to the families we serve because you support us.

We can not do this without you.

Thank you.