We wanted to take a moment to share our hearts with you, in light of recent events. On behalf of the Hispanic businessmen and businesswomen that make up the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, we want you to know how much we care for our South Florida community and our brothers and sisters in Cuba.
Our eyes are focused on fulfilling our mission to help the youth in our community through our educational initiatives. But our hearts are also with those pleading for freedom from oppression on the island of Cuba. Therefore, we are equally committed to help our youth and to stand with Cubans calling for freedom.
On July Friday, July 23, we organized a Unity March with the office of City of Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo, to show solidarity and support for our Cuban brothers and sisters. Yet, we are also working diligently on a significant fundraising event that will help us fulfill our promise to the underserved youth of South Florida. We firmly believe that the best way to fight tyranny is to give our children an opportunity for a better future.
The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana was founded in 1965 by young Cuban Americans wanting to give back to the South Florida community that nourished and helped them succeed. This is still our desire, and we cannot waiver from this mission as so many are depending on us.
For years, we’ve been able to fund our educational initiatives through the month-long Carnaval Miami events. These events are important because they bring together our Hispanic community to celebrate our shared culture. It also serves as the funding source for the community projects of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana.
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, funding our educational initiatives has been challenging because Carnaval Miami was suspended for two consecutive years.
On August 28, at the Miami Dade Fair and Expo Center, Carnaval Miami returns with Noche de Carnaval Miami, a family friendly Expo and Festival.
The purpose of the event is to raise funds that support the educational initiatives of the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, such as our scholarship program and back-to-school project. The future of our youth is the primary focus of all our fundraising events. These events celebrate our rich and varied culture while also helping the next generation succeed.
The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana has stated our position of support for our Cuban brothers and sisters. You can learn more about this here. We are with the Cuban people in their fight for freedom and democracy. For decades Carnaval Miami has been a meeting point for all Latino communities in an atmosphere of pride and brotherhood.
Carnaval Miami provides the opportunity for all Latinos to come together. And we will do this once again with Noche de Carnaval Miami this August. Thirty artists from more than ten nationalities will raise their voices in favor of our traditions and values—a clear message of the brotherhood of our entire community in peace and freedom. The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, our media partners, and partners are committed to creating a better future for all peoples, near and far.