Volunteer SpotLight: Catherine Fortin from Canada Contribution to Achieving MDG8: Develop a global partnership for development

Get to know Catherine Fortin and her volunteer work with HavServe in her own words.

I was born and raised in Montreal and I moved to Vancouver two years ago. I am a native French speaker, and I also speak English and Spanish. I am presently studying translation, and I would like to work as a professional translator in the future.

What motivated you to seek a volunteer opportunity with Havserve?When I learned that HavServe was looking for someone to translate documents from English to French for the teachers in Haiti, I thought it would be a good opportunity to help Haiti. I enjoy doing translation and I want to get as much experience as I can. It is nice to help others while doing something that you like.

What was your contribution to the HavServe programs/projects in Haiti?I translated some documents about the organization that need to be presented to the government of Haiti.

How do you perceive online volunteerism?I think it is important to help with whatever you can do, even if it is only something small. Online volunteerism allows you to help others no matter where you are located.

What did you learn about yourself during your experience?I find it very rewarding to do something useful.

Volunteer Spotlight: Manoel Da Silva from Brazil Contribution to Achieving MDG2: Achieve universal primary education

Volunteer SpotLight: Soccer for Development (HS4D): HavServe’s Youth Soccer Program (HYSP)

Soccer for Development brings together Mano’s biggest passions. Coming from the Northeast Region of Brazil, soccer was his ticket to a higher education in the United States, where he earned a B.A. in Business Administration. During his college soccer career in the US, he was honored as an All-American Player, and before coming to the United States he played for several clubs in Brazil. The game also opened the doors to a Master of Business Administration degree with focus on International Development.

Mano has been on Soccer for Development missions in South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa. One of these endeavors is the Play4Development initiative, sponsored by Young Connection, the community of young professionals at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Moreover, Silva is the grassroots campaign Director for love.fútbol, an organization which mission is to develop simple, safe soccer fields for children in impoverished communities worldwide. Also, he wears the hat at the Many Hats Institute (MHI), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the conditions for children and youth worldwide.


All American Soccer Player – NSCAA (2005, 2007)

Region player of the year – NSCAA (2005, 2007)

Most Improved Student at Bryan College (Class of 2008)


B.A. Business Administration (Bryan College); Minor in Spanish

M.B.A International Development (Hope International University)

Click on the links below to explore various opportunities to support the Haiti Sport for Development (HS4D)™: HavServe’s Youth Soccer Training.



AOMusic and HavServe Unite to Support Haiti Contribution to Achieving MDG2: Achieve universal primary education

Los Angeles, CA (February 8, 2011) – AOMusic and Havserve Unite to Support the Children in the Villages of Haiti.

On the eve of their third album release, AO Music’s founder Richard Gannaway announced an alliance with the non-profit HavServe, founded by Carline Brice, to support the organization’s music initiatives for the children of Haiti. AO Music’s new release “…and Love Rages On!” features several children’s choirs, but none from Haiti – yet.

Gannaway, whose works have fused the voices of children from around the world, sees this as a natural partnership. “I’m really inspired by the prospect of this campaign making a difference in Haiti’s villages,” Gannaway said, adding “The international presence of children in our compositions has broadened in scope over the years, and often the choirs we encounter come from a cultural backdrop of challenge on several fronts – but none like Haiti. There is something extraordinary in the Haitian people – a tremendous spirit of prevailing that is tested time and again, seemingly without pause. Music and dance often become the great counterbalance to generations of adversity in a developing nation like this, and it is our honor to work with these children. Such blooms of joy and hope are what fuel the sound of AOMUSIC. HavServe’s sustainable initiative in Haiti is hybrid and progressive, which we also strive to be; it’s a good fit all around.”

HavServe supports sustainable development, one village at a time, through goal-oriented, volunteer-staffed projects aimed at empowering rural villagers. HavServe recognizes community-based development as a moral, strategic, and economic imperative and fully embraces the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as an effective benchmark for improving a country through its villages.

Brice applauds this initiative by AO Music as an innovative partnership, stating, “It is my hope that this alliance can serve as a model and will inspire many other entertainment companies to get involved in similarly meaningful collaborations in the area of music, sports, and the arts in general, which enrich the lives of kids around the world.”

In the first stage of the alliance, AO Music will direct their fans to HavServe’s secure fundraising location on FirstGiving.org, in an effort to raise $5000 to launch a pilot program for which Gannaway will travel to Haiti to work with the children and to capture the uniquely joyous sound of Haitian music. The organizations are using a customized AO Music page and widgets from the secure fundraising site Firstgiving.org to safely collect and track donations; see the site at https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/AOMusic4Haiti/havserve-volunteer-service-network.

Ultimately, HavServe’s goal is to repeat the music program in villages throughout Haiti on an ongoing basis to focus and uplift the tens of thousands of children displaced by the earthquake in 2010. Within five years, the partners resolved to create a “best of the best” Haitian children’s choir to perform throughout the world, and to be featured on future AO Music albums.

Children’s choirs from around the world are an important element in AO Music’s unique world fusion sound, along with deep rhythmic textures and the dynamic multi-layered vocal tracks of Miriam Stockley. Their latest album “…and Love Rages On!” contains music from five children’s choirs, two in the United States and others in Africa, China, and The Republic of Georgia.

Beyond financial support, HavServe and AO Music also seek “Angel” volunteers with music expertise to help with on-site training in Haiti for a week or two at a time over the next few years. Equally important are donations in the form of new or used instruments, and music teaching materials like sheet music. Interested parties are welcome to email bethhilton(at)theBcompany(dot)com for further details, or to visit the websites listed below for more information.

Through his alliance with Musicians and Fine Artists for World Peace, HRH Prince Frederick von Saxe-Lauenberg, Royal Patron of HavServe, introduced the parties leading to this historic alliance between HavServe and AO Music. The B Company represents AO Music in public relations, and provides pro-bono publicity services to both Musicians and Fine Artists for World Peace (MFAWP) and HavServe.

“May I as Patron add my deep gratitude to Beth Hilton of The B Company and Richard Gannaway of AO Music for connecting with us at HavServe. The children are stars – an extraordinary constellation of youngsters who all radiate a limitless sense of energy with a zest and passion for life guided by their dreams for a better future. Their imaginations are fertile with aspirations of a world free from war, poverty, pollution and hunger. This project launched by AO Music to give Haitian children a chance — to be heard singing their music by the wider world — is to be saluted. I wish you all a successful and fruitful collaboration with Haiti and her children.”

Source: releasewire.org

Meet Carline Brice, HavServe Co-Founder Contribution to Promoting Volunteerism

Carline is a native of Haiti and the co-Founder of a volunteer-driven not-for-profit organization (HavServe) that supports community-led development through volunteerism in least developed countries.
Carline believes that volunteerism benefits both society and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity, cooperation, and reciprocity among citizens, and by creating opportunities to empower citizens to realize their potentials and shape the direction of their communities, their country, and the world.
Carline is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals by local Haitians and international volunteers is a powerful means of engaging Haitians in implementing the 8 MDGS in their individual communities and in Haiti as a whole. Carline shared with me that people can contribute time, skills and knowledge through volunteer action, and these combined efforts can be a significant force for Haiti’s sustainable development. Carline strongly believes that if development in Haiti is to be effective and sustainable, the Haitians affected by poverty must take ownership of the development of their own communities and country.
According to Carline’s website, the “name, HavServe, comes from the understanding that if you have, you serve. If you have time, you serve. If you have compassion, you serve. If you have resources, you serve. If you have knowledge, you serve. Thus, HavServe aims to draw upon the skills and talents of those that have, to serve and to help implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through volunteering their time, resources, knowledge, and investing themselves in community-led development globally.”
Since the inception of HavServe, Carline has struggled to make her own little impact in the lives of Haitian children displaced by the earthquake of January 12, 2010 by launching a Pilot Project to promote the Millennium Development Goals for Haiti in the remote village of Lebrun and the Haitian society at large. She has been crowned by her friends and peers “A HERO FOR A BETTER HAITI” by many whom she has touched their lives. Her vision is to use sustainable volunteer actions to make Haiti a better place for the down trodden, a society free of poverty and access to education for all. She is a role model to all who come in contact with her.
I am nominating Carline, based on her selfless contribution, donation and dedication to the upkeep of women, youth, and children’s welfare in her community and the less fortunate in the society of Haiti as a third world country.
I am proud to know there are people like Carline who are standing up for the Millennium Development Goals for Haiti and her services are needed and should be recognized when we consider the common cause for the upkeep of the Haitian society in this time of Haiti’s history.
by Prince Frederick von Saxe-Lauenberg, Germany