Good Evening Family and Friends,
Wow did we have such an amazing packed full Day! Colleen, Max and Ro started the 6am morning off with the Haitian Church Service then woke the rest of clan up to head to Fleri Bakery and Grace Village. Jake gave us a awesome tour of the Bakery and Don did great showing and telling us about the history of Grace Village and the hug amount of growth that Healing Haiti has been able to establish for the Haitian Culture. Ro got to meet her Sponsor child that was at school at the time during our Grace Village/School tour! Our Service adventure Started with Visiting our Elder's! Filozia, Monique, Pierres and his wife Lauremise are all doing very well and I was able to have the privilege to pray over each one of them! We Finished our incredible day off with Pizza, fellowship and corn hole at Fleri Bakery! What a Fun Fill Blessed day we have! I am so thankful the Lord has orchestrated this Team, He has given each and every one of us the ability to be his hands and feet and share his everlasting Love to the Haitians! God is so Good!!!!
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Hello, everyone! Today was a crazy fun day. We first started at Stop #17 in Cite Soleil to play with all the kids. The face paint was a huge success - they couldn't get enough of it. We probably drew about 500 hearts on their arms, foreheads, and cheeks; but we loved every moment of it. After a couple hours of goofing around, we headed to Fleri Farms. With 56 acres of land, we toured just a tiny sliver and got to see mangoes, coconuts, dragon fruits, pomegranates, and so much more. We even got to taste raw sugarcane. We held the puppy, ate lunch, and witnessed the miracles of the Healing Haiti farm. On the last stop of Day 4, we went to "For His Glory" orphanage. This was easily the highlight of my day. It was a very nice compound with several classrooms, a big playground, and loving nannies to feed and care for them. The children were so full of smiles and overjoyed to see us. As they played with the soccer ball, or slid down the slides, all I felt was an overwhelming amount of love that filled the air. The children varied in age and there were a couple special needs children that were full of laughter. Overall, it was an amazing day full of unforgettable experiences.
- Addie Sabados
Day 1: Elder School, Hope Church and Water Truck Day!
We were blessed with an amazing first day in Cite Soleil! First, we stopped at Elder school, where we were greeted by what seemed like a million bright smiling faces. The children ranged from about age 3 to 18. They took us on a tour of their school and concluded with a dance party on the top floor. We joined in song and dance as we got to get a first glimpse of what life is like for a child living in Haiti. After we said our goodbyes, we headed to our first water truck stop. As soon as we got off the tap-tap, a bunch of kids came running towards us. We helped little boys, little girls, mothers, and grandmas carry water buckets to their homes. By the end of the day, all our arms were sore and we couldn't believe how people carry that much everyday! Next, we headed to Hope church, which is a church that also operates as a school. The children literally tackled our group members to the ground when they first saw us. We danced and even did some pushups with them. On our next water truck stop, we ventured to the pier. Again, we were surrounded by tons of little workers. The children were so excited to see us, and some made sure to put us to work! It was amazing seeing how the children's faces lit up when you picked them up. The children impressed us with their working skills, but we were blown away by the amount of joy they displayed, despite the living circumstances. We all went to bed exhausted, but smiles were everywhere to be seen.
Hi everyone! My name is Ariana and today we visited Papillion, LePhare, and Mother Teresa's. Papillion was founded by an American woman who came to Haiti to adopt a child and during the process realized how many people don't want to give up their babies, but they have to because they can't provide. We received a tour at Papillion and were told about the free childcare the mothers receive and how Papillion employs approximately 250 Haitians. It was neat seeing how the beads are made and we were able to buy a lot of things in the gift shop! After Papillion we went to an orphanage called LePhare where we were greeted with a welcome song from the kids. Knowing they took the time to learn a song and sing it to us was very special. During our time there we painted the kids nails, played with chalk and bubbles, jumped rope, and had a lot of fun with face paint. It was uplifting to see these kids having fun and see the smiles on their faces. We then left the orphanage and went to the Home for the Sick and Dying Babies. Home for the Sick and Dying Babies has two rooms, both of them full of cribs holding sick children that were dropped off by their parents because they didn't have the means to take care of them. A lot of the parents visit and take their child back when they are better, but there are some orphans that are left behind. We were able to hold the children without IV's and could even bring them outside to play with them. It was heartbreaking to see these kids so helpless but also uplifting when we saw kids comforting other kids and helping each other. All of these children were so content to just be held and loved on and it was a very eye opening experience. Leaving the Home for the Sick and Dying Babies was difficult because they all cried when we put them back in their cribs and left, but I know Home for the Sick and Dying Babies will be an experience we won't forget. Day 2 was a success and I hope this week continues to be as great as it has started out!