About Us

The KAKO Foundation is a non-profit organization established according the laws of Haiti and incorporated in the US (Duluth, Minnesota).

The KAKO Foundation is named after Kareem Xavier Gaspard, nicknamed Kako, “a sweet 16 year old Haitian boy who was kidnapped, tortured and assassinated on May 21, 2008 in his country. That sweet 16 year old boy loved family. He often said that his favorite vacations were the last two family reunions where he got to know his many cousins of all ages living in Canada and the U.S. He also loved spending time with his grandparents on both sides of the family, cajoling them, teasing them, laughing with them and was quick to lend them a helping hand whenever they needed him His spontaneous and unrestrained shouts of laughter offered a puzzling contrast with the simplicity of his demeanor and the disarming sweetness of his smile.
Kako had another passion in his life: music. Indeed, he loved the trumpet and started playing that instrument that he picked himself at a very early age. He was convinced that music would allow him to obtain a scholarship to study abroad someday. Kako was the only boy the Sisters of the Sacred-Heard of Turgeau ever let join in their students’ band rehearsals. And for all intents and purposes, he became an honorary member of that band. He owes that honor to his dedication to music and to his work ethics. He also encouraged other kids in his community to play music too and even donated his first trumpet to one neighbor whose parents would not have been able to afford one”.
Extract from “An Angel took flight…” by Rudy Gaspard (Kako’s father)

Through the KAKO Foundation, the founders wish to celebrate Kako’s life and the life of all children who like Kako have been the innocent victims of atrocities. This is their “reply to violence: to make art in general more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.

To achieve the objectives of this project, the KAKO Foundation will partner with several schools in Haiti and the US that are engaged in the promotion of musical education for children and young people, as well as other organizations.
Rudy Gaspard, Camille Blaise Gaspard, Jean R Perrault, Elizabeth Nordell, Alex Gaspard, Nadine Perrault, Alain Blaise, Lino Blaise, Mildred Gaspard Secor, Yamilee Gaspard Wolff, Nadine Samedi, Ralph Edmond, Francoise Bonhomme.

Board of Trustees

Advisory Committee

Members and Supporters
The KAKO Foundation is open to any entity and/or individual who share and support its value, vision, and mission.