Our partner, Tony of Greater Impact Foundation, works with the staff and kids at our Hope Centers daily. We are so thankful to have a partner who, as an American citizen, has been willing to give up so much to follow his passion and calling, especially during this time where traveling is not as frequent due to the current state of our world.
He is in contact with us, giving us updates and sending photos regularly. We can not be more proud to work alongside him. Through his leadership, we have been privileged to help rescue nearly 80 children from some of the most impoverished areas in the world. Watching them thrive is beyond humbling.
Here is a breakdown of what we (a handful of ladies) did during our November trip!
We determine the projects we will do on our trips
Susan is a counselor and came up with a therapeutic craft to do with the kids. We brought tons of materials for the kids to personalize their own notebooks and encouraged them to write their stories, hopes, dreams, and everything else in these notebooks. We brought each of the kids a picture of themselves to put on their notebook and they loved it!
Courtney and Lauren taught the kids how to prevent spreading germs and what to do in emergency situations.
They played a game with the kids to wave their red flags when they were acting out a dangerous scenario or if they saw a potential of spreading germs.
We were able to put a fresh coat of paint on the center.
The staff & kids were eager & excited to paint! They are so proud of their home.
This is a little store run by Fedline(in the orange). She is one of the students in our entrepreneurial business training program. You can get a delicious fresh hot tapa, candy, and other treats at her store!
Dione painted a mural with the help of Rivarold and some of the other kids. Rivarold loves to draw and paint. She taught him some painting techniques. The kids were so excited to help and pose for the music scene!
We are very proud of what we, as a team, were able to accomplished
So, whats been happening in the life of Project 418 anyway?
January 1st we gathered all the children and staff from Delmas & Kenskoff together to celebrate their independence day. It was a day filled with Soup Joumou (A traditional Haitian soup shared to celebrate their independence from France)
Here is a little history and recipe :
Mwen gen valé!
He does amazing wood work! You can see in the photo below;
The artist, Jean Baptiste, says he has a spiritual connection to his work. He says " It is a gift that God has given me. I do it because it is my purpose."