Preview: 8th Annual Urban Walk for Haiti

By: Hannah Sheinberg

“Tout moun se moun” is an old Haitian Creole mantra, meaning “we are all human.” But in the aftermath of last year’s devastating earthquake and the recent cholera epidemic, Haiti’s first in 40 years, the saying seems to have become not just a proverb, but also a motivating force.

The Urban Walk for Haiti, which has raised more than $325,000 since its founding in 2003 by a group of teachers and high school students, supplies Haiti with medicine, stable housing, renovated schools and more than 2,600 scholarships for students. Every donation collected directly aids Partners In Health, one of the largest relief organizations in Haiti.

The walk, held this Saturday, April 2, is an easy three-mile route around the Charles River, and starts at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge. This year’s goal is to provide therapeutic food products such as Nourimanba and Nourimil to feed Haitian youth who suffer from chronic malnutrition. The program will incorporate local farmers and provide opportunities for employment.

But the event is also a celebration. A two-hour festival including Haitian dance, food, crafts, drumming, poetry, speeches from the mayor, crafts, and music provides education and a little extra motivation for the unenthusiastic exerciser.

The eighth Annual Urban Walk for Haiti — led by Wally the Green Monster himself — kicks off at 2 p.m. with registration and entertainment beginning at noon. All humans are welcome.

12 p.m. (registration), 2 p.m. (walk), St. Paul’s Church, 29 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, 860-521-4150,