Watching ‘Letters To Haiti’ - By Joshua WongIf you go to my newly-verified Google+ account today you’ll find an exclusive collection of pictures from my 'Letters To Haiti' event last week. An incredible crowd attended the event and we received huge support from the fashion community. Look out for some of your (and my) favorite models like Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, Hilary Rhoda, Julia Dunstall, Isabeli Fontana and Julia Stagner in the crowd -  not to mention amazing designers like Jeremy Scott, Zac Posen and Rebecca Minkoff! GO HERE FOR ALL THE PICTURES - GOOGLE+Oh and if you haven’t seen the full film yet, check it out on my YouTube channel!

Watching ‘Letters To Haiti’ - By Joshua Wong

If you go to my newly-verified Google+ account today you’ll find an exclusive collection of pictures from my 'Letters To Haiti' event last week. An incredible crowd attended the event and we received huge support from the fashion community. Look out for some of your (and my) favorite models like Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, Hilary Rhoda, Julia Dunstall, Isabeli Fontana and Julia Stagner in the crowd -  not to mention amazing designers like Jeremy Scott, Zac Posen and Rebecca Minkoff!

GO HERE FOR ALL THE PICTURES - GOOGLE+


Oh and if you haven’t seen the full film yet, check it out on my YouTube channel!

Last night James and I enjoyed the amazing New York premiere of our short film at Milk Studios with an audience of about 500 friends and colleagues. Now, I am happy to be able to present to you all:

LETTERS TO HAITI
a James Conran Film

Featuring Coco Rocha, Behati Prinsloo, Micki Schneider, James Conran & Cedrick Roche.
Directed by James Conran
Filmed by Gibert Le, Ben Fordham & James Conran
Edited by James Conran, Gilbert Le & Zach Jumper
Music by The Conservatory, Justin Millar, KrafTim and Rookie Of The Year.

www.lakaypam.org

Coco Rocha on “Letters To Haiti”
December 5th, 2011 / Horacio Silva

Coco Rocha slinks down the catwalk like it’s nobody’s business, but she also knows how to walk it like she talks it. A social entrepreneur in training heels, the Canadian-born Coco is involved with several charities, including LakayPAM, a non-for-profit organization that provides more than 500 orphans in Haiti with shelter, food, medical care and education. (Haitian-born Cedrick Roche and his wife Carolina Bittencourt founded the charity.) Earlier this year, Coco and another model friend Behati Prinsloo visited Haiti to see the devastation first-hand and to deliver the children with letters from the international pen-pal initiative she started for them. A screening of a documentary short of the trip, and an accompanying exhibition for charity, is being held on Wednesday night at Milk Studios. Horacio Silva caught up with the conscionable cutie.

Coco Rocha on "Letters to Haiti"

HS: How did the film, which I know is a real labor of love and was directed by your husband James Conran, come to be?

When the earthquake in Haiti hit, James and I were in an airport and we began to talk about what needed to be done and specifically what we could do. We teamed up with a friend of ours Carolina, whose husband Cedrick is Haitian, and hosted a great event for their charity LakayPAM. We sold a whole bunch of stuff with proceeds going to the kids. Six months later did the same thing, but instead of continuing this way, we thought, ‘We need to kinda see what these kids are all about, who they really are, put a name to the face.’

So we decided to go to Haiti and bring a video crew showing what people are doing, what their money is going towards. Kids love tactile things, and although they know that there are funds coming in, they don’t really understand it all. We figured that what a kid needs above anything is love and so we had this idea to have kids around the world write these letters to these kids, so they would have something tangible and in return they would write back to them.

HS: What was the reaction like?

Amazing. I got emails of people saying, ‘Thank you very much, it made me feel like I could contribute from my neighborhood.’ So it not only helped the young kids there in Haiti, but also helped kids around the world feel better about being able to help.

HS: So what about the actual trip, what was that like? I’m assuming that neither of you had ever been there before.

No, never. We left in the middle of winter in New York and we arrived to sweltering heat. You arrive to an airport that is mostly collapsed. It is still a temporary hangar and all very haphazard. From the minute you arrive you realize that you’re approaching a very chaotic situation. It’s definitely a culture shock.

HS: How safe is it?

Well, we rented cars and drove ourselves through the streets, but we had a bodyguard with us at all times because there are a lot of kidnappings still, especially of visitors and aid workers. Cedrick came with us and gave us curfews and would specify areas that weren’t safe to go into.

HS: What’s the biggest take away from the experience?

You assume these kids would just have a gloomy life and be always in such despair and depressed, but it’s not the case. They were just so excited that we were giving them attention. Show them a little bit of attention and they are your best friend for the rest of the time you’re there…they become your shadow.

HS: It comes across in footage that I saw.

They’re super sweet. But a lot of the adults were kind of over the whole thing. They see us showing up with video cameras, and you know, how many times have they seen video cameras, and nothing’s changed, nothing’s helping. So I could tell that the adults in the area were just like, ‘Get that out of my face.’ But the kids just love cameras.

HS: What else happens in the movie?

Basically, we go there and discover that not much has been the year that has past. Only 6 percent of the rubble has been moved and the place is still in a mess. But these small orphanages are functioning smoothly and have a caring environment. We go to a tent city and see how people are still living there, with seemingly no hope of ever getting out. We see that the country still needs a lot of help. Even though from the perspective of people in America, where people figure that a lot of money has been sent to Haiti,  they think Haiti should be fine. It’s hard to know where the money has gone in general but it hasn’t appeared to benefit the average person there at all.

I’m sure there are any number of people who have fattened their pockets through that money, but the average person has not seen the benefit of that money.

HS: So where to now with this project?

LakayPAM supports a few orphanages in Port au Prince. They also fund a soccer program for a few hundred boys. For some of these boys, the only square meal that they get in a day is at soccer practice. But they want to continue to expand. Right now they have about four or five hundred children that they aid through the program, but obviously there is a whole country full of children that could use their help.

Their newest program is giving well-bred bulls to the farmers so they can produce better cattle. The farmers have nothing really. So sort of random things that you feel would necessarily have an impact, help change.

HS: What’s the plan for tomorrow night at MILK Studios?

We’re going to be showing the video here and at the same time they will have all the pictures that Behati, who is a really good photographer, took on the trip. Then we hope to have some famous photographers auction off some of their work so that we can make the most amount of money for the kids.

HS: Do you plan to go back?

Yes, we’d love to. Maybe early next year, we’ll see how things are progressing down there.

HS: And, if kids want to send letters now is it too late?

Definitely not too late. They can be sent care of Wilhelmina. And once we get a certain chunk of them, Cedrick will then take them down and start the process all over again.

Photos By: Behati Prinsloo

Chuyện Hoa Sen - In Full Bloom
Narrated by Coco Rocha

Just three weeks ago we launched the Coco Rocha for Senhoa jewelry collection to an amazing outpouring of support from people all around the world. Not only are people enjoying the design and quality of the pieces, but they are truly moved by the stories of the girls who put these beautiful pieces together.

I encourage you take a few minutes to watch this documentary I narrated to better understand why this jewelry line is so important to so many.

To see the entire Coco Rocha for Senhoa collection go HERE.

JIG FOR ARTWALK - Here’s a video of me Irish dancing at tonight’s ArtWalk event! I told the crowd if I raised $35,000 in my lot I’d dance… and we did!!

P.S Notice Richard Gere and Alec Baldwin front row ;) For more pictures from the event go HERE.

Senhoa.org created a great press blog devoted entirely to the Coco Rocha for Senhoa jewelry line launch. Click below to explore all the amazing reviews and press we have been getting around the world! xx CR

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Coco Rocha attends the 15th Annual ACE Awards
November 8th, 2011

The ACE Awards was created in 1996 to pay homage to those individuals and groups that have made great strides in raising the awareness of the accessories industry.  Along with her gorgeous Zac Posen gown, Coco Rocha wore her own unique accessories in the form of a necklace and bracelet (Chantha & Chantrea) from The Coco Rocha for Senhoa Collection - Comprised of 7 unique looks, the Coco Rocha capsule collection benefits survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia.

For more information go to www.senhoa.com/cocorocha

UK TELEGRAPH - November 1st, 2011
by Aurelia Donaldson

Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha talks to the Telegraph about her latest humanitarian project - a range of jewellery to benefit Cambodian exploitation survivors.


While most models are commonly known for lending their face for the top fashion campaigns, storming the catwalks and attending fabulous fashion parties, Coco Rocha is also becoming increasingly known for her humanitarian efforts. The Canadian-born supermodel recently released a short film called ‘Letter to Haiti’ which documented her trip to Haiti shortly after the earthquake destroyed the area. The film, directed by her husband James Conran, follows Rocha as she hands out thousands of letters from people around the world to the children of Haiti.

Her latest philanthropic work benefits the victims of human trafficking and exploitation in Cambodia. Alongside Senhoa, a jewellery company that supports victims of human trafficking by providing income-generating opportunities, Rocha has designed seven jewellery pieces which will be handcrafted by the Cambodian survivors, often children aged 15 and up. Using Swarovski crystals the pieces will be sold on www.senhoa.com/cocorocha , with all proceeds going to Senhoa’s community development projects that rehabilitate and educate the young women of Cambodia.

Rocha has also made sure her fashion friends are involved and enlisted models Iman and Caroline Trentini to join her in the campaign shot by America’s Next Top Model judge and photographer Nigel Barker.
Rocha became involved with Senoa after the founder of the site, Lisa T.D. Nguyen, attended her wedding to James Conran in June 2010, during which Rocha wore a dress designed by close friend Zac Posen.
The jewellery is available to buy from today on Senoa’s website, where you can also see the campaign and read more about the collection.

With special thanks to Coco Rocha, James Conran, Calvin at Storm Models and Micki Schneider at Wilhelmina Models.

www.cocorocha.com
www.senhoa.com/cocorocha
www.stormmodels.com
www.wilhelmina.com

Senhoa - By Coco Rocha.For a few weeks I’ve been working with Senhoa via email and snail mail on a jewelry line collaboration. Senhoa is a great charity that supports victims of human trafficking in South East Asia by providing income-generating opportunities, social reintegration  				and programs for self-empowerment. Some of the children they work with are as young as 4 years old.This weekend I flew to LA to finalize jewelry designs which we hope to have available within a few months. The Jewelry 'Coco Rocha For Senhoa' will be made in Cambodia by the  older girls in the program, with all proceeds going back into the program. It will be available around the world. Stay tuned for more…

Senhoa - By Coco Rocha.

For a few weeks I’ve been working with Senhoa via email and snail mail on a jewelry line collaboration. Senhoa is a great charity that supports victims of human trafficking in South East Asia by providing income-generating opportunities, social reintegration and programs for self-empowerment. Some of the children they work with are as young as 4 years old.

This weekend I flew to LA to finalize jewelry designs which we hope to have available within a few months. The Jewelry 'Coco Rocha For Senhoa' will be made in Cambodia by the older girls in the program, with all proceeds going back into the program. It will be available around the world. Stay tuned for more…

LETTERS TO HAITI - A James Conran Film, coming soon.

I gave my Facebook fans an exclusive preview of this trailer last week, but
now I’m happy to show it to everyone!I The full length short film is coming out in a little over 6 weeks from now. Stay tuned for details on when and where we will be showing!

AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT “LETTERS TO HAITI” - In February Behati Prinsloo and I took a group of friends down to Port-au-Prince Haiti to assess the progress made in the year since the devastating earthquake had ravaged the country. What we found was a group of very hopefull children surrounded by a very desperate situation. In September my husband James and I will be releasing a short film we have created about our experience in Haiti but you can watch the trailer right now on YouTube.P.S Notice the children in their adorable “Team Cohati” t-shirts courtesy Modelina.com

AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT “LETTERS TO HAITI” - In February Behati Prinsloo and I took a group of friends down to Port-au-Prince Haiti to assess the progress made in the year since the devastating earthquake had ravaged the country. What we found was a group of very hopefull children surrounded by a very desperate situation. 

In September my husband James and I will be releasing a short film we have created about our experience in Haiti but you can watch the trailer right now on YouTube.

P.S Notice the children in their adorable “Team Cohati” t-shirts courtesy Modelina.com