Fourteen students, Dr. Andrea Thomas , from Loyola University Maryland chose to joined me to spend Spring break living and sharing our lives and skills with one hundred and fifty of the children in the Foyer Notre Dame de Lourdes outside of Port au Prince.
This past March 2018 students were able to:
Teach English vocabulary and songs to 6 different age groups of students
Work with local carpenter and mason to build a new storage space
Organize hundreds of donations of clothes, shoes, medicine, games, and other supplies brought by the volunteers
Teach how to make pizza! It might turn into a job and a profit generating enterprise.
Work with several children at the Foyer to make a beautiful mosaic table in the hopes of making and selling more tables in the future
Facilitate arts and craft activities such as coloring, card making, gimp, rosary bead making, coconut key chain making, painting, etc.
Work with students who have aged out of the Foyer to clean up and paint their transition home
Bring new concept of sunlamps put together by intern Miguel Swing solving the problem of the often absent electricity!
Take all 118 children and staff to the beach for a day of fun in the sun
Spend time playing, laughing, and making memories with the many many children that call the Foyer home
Maud Laurent, Josette Sanon and their team are raising the standard of care for children in institutions in Haiti. Here children get to be children: they grow up in a healthy nurturing environment and also benefit from the care of the many volunteers who come from Canada, France and the US.