Ronide Cayo Philanthropist, Local & International Community Activist, Community Developer, Public Relations/ Haitian Media TV & Radio Personality, Investor, Songwriter, Singer, Guitar Player
“The Greatest Architect is God; we are all his Artists. Let us manifest our God given talents and create an exceptional master piece of strength, love, peace and harmony.”
RONIDE CAYO FOUNDER/ CEO
ARTISTS VILLAGE INC.
This well known influential and respected woman in the N.Y. Haitian community holds a degree in Physical Therapy. However, since 1988 Ronide Cayo has embarked herself in a pro bono mission to promote and preserve the Haitian culture. On Television, Ms. Cayo hosted many show such as Caribbean Magazine, Vision d’Haiti and the only Haitian
talk show ever existed, Star Forum. Ronide Cayo also rendered her services at Radio tropicale for a few months and still collaborates with other stations. To date, Ms. Cayo holds a great relationship with members of the press in the States as well as in Haiti.
As a Mistress of Ceremonies she hosted several shows that featured several well-known artists and bands such as: Guy Durosier, Ansy Desrose, Emiline Michel, the Spanish world renowned singer “El pequeno gigante”Nelson Ned and French/ Italian sensation Claude Barzotti etc… In 1998, Ronide was called upon to co-host Haiti Observateur’s 27th Anniversary Gala; which was attended by several dignitaries including, former president of Haiti, Lesly F. Manigat and many high ranking American officials. Haitian singers such as: Wyclef Jean and Leon Dimanche were two of the many famous artists to have performed that evening.
Ronide voluntarily chose to step out of the spot-light as a public figure and was able to concentrate on mastering her marketing and sales skills at New York’s very own newspaper, Newsday, where she worked for over 12 years and received a countless number of awards. As an independent contractor, she was able to positively influence the lives of many teenagers.
Today, as a self-employed real estate investor, Ronide holds a contract with the City of New York. Sheltering battered and single women with children, Ronide learned the importance of housing. With a burning desire to do the same for the deserving families in her native country of Haiti, the vision of Cite Des Artistes~ Artists Village was born. On April 10th of 2006, a proclamation signed by six councilmen and women of the city of New York was given to Ms. Cayo for “outstanding contributions, for making a lasting qualitative difference in the great city of New York.” In December 2006, Ms. Cayo made the VIP list at the White House when she was invited by President George W. Bush to celebrate Christmas with him and his wife Laura Bush. In May 2007, Ronide Cayo was crowned Caribbean Mother of the Year in Harlem, N.Y. Event hosted by Carib News.
Very few people know Ronide as a song writer, singer and guitar player. In her quest to help the less fortunate, Ronide wrote and financed for the production of a song “Mesaj Lanmou” (The Message of Love) in which she collaborated with a few other artists in addition to Leon Dimanche, Dadou Pasquet, Eddy Francois, Dieudonne Larose . They donated their talents, as a way to bring awareness to the unfortunate situation that Haiti faces, while delivering a message of peace, love and harmony. By selling the single for a minimum donation of just $5-$7 each Ronide and her team managed to raise enough money to build her first home for a deserving family in Haiti.
Ronide’s two most important priorities are: her devotion to help improve the quality of life of the least fortunate in Haiti and raising her daughter, Darnide, who Co-Founded this wonderful organization. Darnide graduated with her masters in Corporate Communication in 2010. She is currently an adjunct lecturer of Speech Communication at Baruch College.
In October 2008, Ms. Cayo’s organization, Artists Village, Inc. donated over $13 Million dollars worth of antibiotics to Haiti, in order to help the victims of the 4 killer hurricanes that ravaged that country. Artists Village, Inc. supports a countless number of youth in the country sides of Haiti, from sports, healthcare, agriculture to education.
July 22, 2009 in Atlanta Georgia, Ms. Cayo and her organization officially formed a partnership with IBBA (International Black Broadcasting Association), the NCBM (National Conference of Black Mayors) and the World Conference of Mayors.
Ms. Cayo travels all over the United States to network with various Universities, town leaders, companies and organizations in order to better help open doors for her brothers and sisters back home.
Haitian Students from over 15 colleges in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have connected with Artists Village, Inc. and offered their partnership, because of the organization’ transparency in its efforts to fulfill its mission. Ms. Ronide welcomes and embraces all her students with open arms.
Ronide Cayo through Artists Village, Inc. also collaborated with and Harlem based organization called Women for Justice in order to help ameliorate the lives of women living the rural parts of Haiti.