Friday, February 06, 2015
We started the day off with a tour of The Apparent Project (apparentproject.org) where we watched their artisans (who go through their training program) making pottery and medallions that would be made into jewelry and ornaments. The selection of Haitian made beadwork made from cardboard (many made from cereal boxes donated by General Mills) was awesome. Needless to say we are all going home with some Haitian made gifts – or for ourselves! J All proceeds go to help mothers and fathers in poverty to be A PARENT to their children. They’re also educating and taking care of the needs of street kids who don’t have a parent. They are using media and art to make the needs of Haiti APPARENT to those who can help, and doing it all with the hope that the love of God will be made APPARENT to those who humbly serve, and He will be known as a parent to the parentless. That’s their vision from their website.
A walk to the Palms Hotel gave all some water time or just time to relax in the beautiful weather.
Our next stop was LePhere Orphanage which is home to 33 orphans ranging from 3 to 18. There was a hot game of soccer, manicures and pedicures for all the girls, and jump ropes for all. Lots of laughs, shouts, giggles and smiles all around. This again proved the universal need to be loved…and we all gave freely.
Our tap tap went just a short distance down the road to Gertrudes, which is an orphanage for special needs children who have been abandoned or orphaned. Again, the universal need for love was evident as we played with these children. Some who had been there on prior visits noticed a great improvement in how children interacted and in their surroundings.
We arrived back at the Guest House to experience a full Haitian dinner…the food was great…again! We all shared our word that described our feelings for the day: connection, soccer, giving, stinging, love, exciting, reunion, questions, wheelchair, impact, smiles, touch, feelings, active exploration, draining, chaotic. Our quiet time ended in a most rambunctious game of spoons! We can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings…
God is good and we are blessed. Thanks to all who made this trip possible…may you likewise be blessed for giving.