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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Folasade Phillips

ALMOST TWO years ago a catastrophic magnitude seven earthquake hit Haiti killing over a quarter of a million people.

The earthquake, which struck the capital of Port-au-Prince, left at least a million people homeless and despite their still being an estimated 520,000 people living in make shift tents, the UN has announced that relief works for the country has entered its second phase.

However, for many parts of the country, the destruction left by the earthquake is still very visible, with a majority of buildings still in the same condition since the earthquake hit in 2010.

It is for this reason that the MOBO award-winning singer Folasade Phillips is holding a charitable event today (Jan 11), marking the second anniversary of the natural disaster and launching a new charity album, All For One.

Over 20 artists will take to the stage in support of the charity later today, including UK singers Kele Le Roc and Nkechi da Lyric L. They will be joined on stage by hip-hop artists and spoken word performers Kat Francois and G.R.E.Ed.S.

Phillips told Voice Online that the 2009 earthquake had a profound affect that the disaster had on her life.

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“What caught my attention was when a little baby was pulled out of the rubble of a hospital; it was the first time that I felt really bound to do something. It took me about 8 months to come up with the idea.”

Aligning herself with United Haitians in the United Kingdom, (UHUK) a children’s charity founded in 2008, Phillips has arranged various projects to help raise funds for the children of Haiti, including walks around London and Brighton, which raised a total of £3000 so far.

For the charity, continuing the education of Haitian children became an almost impossible task after the quake which destroyed 80 percent of all schools in the country.

“The work UHUK started before the earthquake has continued but instead of being in a school, they now teach under a canopy outside. The money I raise will help build new schools.”

After two years and over 1.4 billion dollars of aid from the US alone many people are asking why it is taking the Haitian government so long to stabilize the country, but for Fola asking this question now is redundant.

“What people fail to remember is that Haiti was one of the poorest countries in the world already. And then to be decimated by a natural disaster it would be very difficult for any country under those circumstances to build up and in the space of two years. To be on their feet when they were already on their knees before the earthquake, is unrealistic.”

All For One showcase and charity album launch will be held at Plan B on January 11, for more information go to:

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