This week is a special one for Haitians: May 18, is Haitian Flag Day. Zafen has found a place in its celebrations, according to an article in CityLimits (New York)
Tatiana Benjamin, a Haitian-American Brooklyn College student who helped organize a Zafèn fundraiser last month, says the school’s student government “kind of just fell in love” with the organization after a fellow student tipped her off to it earlier this year. “What we liked about Zafen is that it wasn’t just an organization that was claiming to give all of its funds to Haiti,” she says. “They were directly helping businesses and projects going on in Haiti, so there’s actually a way to monitor where your money’s going.” The group eventually decided on funding a sugar cane farm equipment project, whose profits will be used to help fund school tuition and illiteracy programs for adults.