When Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Haiti late last month, it left 54 people dead — a hard hit for a country still recovering from the ravages of the 2010 earthquake, a cholera outbreak, and several storms.
In the past two years, Haiti relief has been the focus of Julliard-educated musician Romel Joseph. After Joseph was trapped in the rubble of his music school, The New Victorian School, during the earthquake he pledged to rebuild his school and raise funds for his ravaged home country.
Now, he and his son and daughter have been performing in a concert series called “The Josephs” around Miami to raise funds for the school. Victoria and Bradley Joseph, Romel’s daughter and son, both musicians with Friends of Music Education for Haiti, explain what they hope to accomplish.
"It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance," Brad says of the rebuilding effort after Sandy. "It's important for them to keep moral up, and keep hope, and just keep on building one step at a time to get back to some state of normalcy."