Monday, November 12, 2012

Haiti, Day Four

Thursday @ Respire Haiti...

We began the morning with the sun and the roosters who never seem to know exactly when they are supposed to crow. School begins at 8am and everyone walks to school, some from quite a ways away. The children don't like to be late so you will see them power walking up the mountain to make sure they get to school in time for the bell, prayer and a song which marks the beginning of the school day. Because the majority of these 500 students are restaveks (child slaves- click here to read more) school is only from 8am-12pm to allow the children to go back to their houses to work. It's incredible that they have worked out an arrangement within this community that these families would even let the children go to school at all! The students work hard at school from 8-12 and breakfast is cooked on site and provided to all the children.

The team worked in the kindergarten classes doing a special craft with them. Becky from Georgia brought these sponge balls for the boys to make and Amy from Utah brought no sew dolls for the girls to make. The children loved it, but I think we loved it even more. :) (Pictures below courtesy of one of our team members, Renee @ Renascent Photography)

After school we headed back for lunch then joined another one of the interns, Janice, to help with choir practice. Janice is a music teacher who is working with Respire and started a children's choir with children from the community. She had over 160 kids the first day (Tuesday) and over one hundred were there again on Thursday!

Two of our team members from Utah, Amy and Courtney are classically trained in music so they helped teach the class. The children have beautiful pitch, it is quite magnificent when you hear them sing together. That is one of the neat things to see on these trips. To see how God uses the talents, skills, experiences and education of our team members to help serve the people and workers wherever we go. (Pictures below courtesy of one of our team members, Renee @ Renascent Photography)

While half the group was at choir practice the other half visited several families' homes in the community delivering blessing bags. These blessing bags were made and donated from people all over the United States for the children in Haiti. Thank you for donating these to our team members who were able to distribute them to children in need in Haiti.

Last day at Respire coming tomorrow. To see more remarkable photographs of our trip, check out one of our team member's photography blog. Thanks Renee!

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