“The process of helping people is often a complicated task but at the same time, anybody can do it and no experience is required. Through common sense and the wish to help others I hope to encourage people to reach inside to pull out ‘the best in themselves.”
Alison Thompson is a humanitarian and disaster relief veteran. She is a nurse, math teacher, investment banker and filmmaker. Following the Asian tsunami 2004 disaster, she travelled to Sri Lanka for two weeks to volunteer and ended up staying for two years running a refugee camp and field hospital at Peraliya Village. Upon her return from Asia, Thompson directed an award-winning documentary called "The Third Wave" about the volunteering tsunami experience (thethrdwavemovie.com). Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Thompson set out with a group of doctors and volunteers to establish Petionville IDP Camp which cares for over 60,000 people. As part founder, Thompson continues to develop and support WE ADVANCE, which aims to create a grassroots movement empowering Haitian women to collaborate toward making healthcare a priority, and putting an end to GBV within their communities.
Van Dyke La Nueva Onda Latina Series, hosted by Adrian Guerra showcasing the finest in latin rock and pop. It was night of great music and energy. Day before 4th of July Holiday, place was filled till the roof with locals and tourists visiting for a long weekend. Artists performing: ODAS, Monica da Silva, Trudy Michelerena, Jesse Leon, Daniel de Free Like Me and host of the evening Adrian Guerra. We are looking forward for the further series and performing artists.