We had the good fortune of connecting with Guslene Bubak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Guslene, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My mother left us at an early age leaving my father to raise my siblings and I by himself. The impact of my relationship with my father made me a better woman, mother, leader and partner. My father was my foundation and as a single father he brought my siblings and I from Haiti to Brooklyn, NY in hopes of giving us a better life. Being that my father was a first-generation immigrant he had no support system and was unable to speak the English language. Doing the hair of my sister and I was a constant everyday struggle, but my father did the best he could with the no skill in hairstyling. Now that I am a licensed cosmetologist, I know now the hairstyles were not appealing, but it allowed my father and I to build an unbreakable bond!! I took a personal oath that if given the opportunity I would do my part to help strengthen, healthy, loving, nurturing bonds between fathers and their daughters. With that in mind I gave birth to The Terre Rouge Project, a non-profit organization, designed to inspire males (paternal, surrogate, non-biological, adoptive or otherwise) to actively and deeply engage in the lives of their girls. We recognize that a family is not made up of just one mother or one father and/or a husband and a wife in the traditional sense. Our events strive to encourage, support and welcome “non-traditional” families whether, those families are made up of single parent households, grand or foster parents or same-sex families; all are welcome at Terre Rouge Project Inc.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
This workshop serves as a unique opportunity to bring fathers and daughters from around the world together to share experiences, insight and information on nurturing interpersonal relationships, so they know they’re not alone. Strong parental relationships are at the core of raising well-adjusted children and the catalyst by which strong communities are built. “Dad Did My Hair” workshop will focus on one of the most transformative relationships a young lady will ever have –that of a father and a daughter. An unforgettable experience for fathers and daughters filled with intimacy and excitement.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be where I am today without the love and support of my friends and family. So many people stepped forward to help publicize my organization, I certainly would not have succeeded without them. I was shocked that we got so much media coverage. Thank you Eric Adams (Borough President of Brooklyn ) for believing in Terre Rouge project vision and mission to strengthening the connection between fathers and daughters. I remember early this year when meeting Katie Lusso, it was such a pleasurable experience. the way she captures as well as execute my vision was nothing short of perfection. I would like to give a huge heartfelt thank you to her and the team at news 12 for the Bravo Brooklyn feature. My gratitude to Blavity for mentioning The Terre Rouge Project in their latest article titled “Why This Is A Great Time For Fathers To Bond With Their Daughters Through ‘Hair Love’. This article was such an excellent read. It brought me a great feeling of positivity and confirmation that The Terre Rouge Project is headed in the right direction.
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