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Resurrection Dance Theatre of Haiti performs in Raleigh

Posted October 3, 2010 8:28 p.m. EDT
Updated October 3, 2010 8:35 p.m. EDT

— Haiti's Resurrection Dance Theatre, which is composed of orphans and former child slaves, was in Raleigh on Sunday to raise money to rebuild the St. Joseph's Home for Boys.

The January earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince damaged two of orphanage's buildings.

“We want Haiti not to be forgotten," former orphan Walnes Cangas said.

The group on Sunday used dance and drumming to tell their story of survival to members of the West Raleigh Presbyterian Church at 27 Horne St.

“I like to perform and entertain all the people, and at same time, educating people about Haiti,” Cangas said.

Since the earthquake, the boys in the orphanage have slept in tents. The orphanage has raised about a third of the money needed to rebuild its facilities and is asking others to pitch in.

“Please keep Haiti in your prayers and thoughts,” Cangas said.

The dance group will return to Haiti on Tuesday. They will be home for a week, and then will travel to Canada for a six-week tour.