Although the January 2018 Health for Haiti team returned to New York a couple of weeks ago, the work they started continues on in Haiti. The scientific observation lesson was created by SUNY Broome CLT students and was first taught by the 2018 Health for Haiti class. The same lesson was recently presented to all of the children at Organisation Assistante pour des Enfants d’Haiti (OAEH). Thank you to Pastor Edwige and his staff for including the lesson at their Saturday Education and Entertainment Club! We love to see the OEAH kids working together in their club, and we look forward to bringing more science lessons to share with this hard-working and enthusiastic group. Thanks to our SUNY Broome Haitian student who translated these lessons into Haitian Creole for the teachers in Haiti. It is wonderful to see this education initiative continue at multiple schools in Haiti.
In news from Grande Saline, the community recently participated in a church convention. The ladies sold some of the soap they have been making to the people at the convention. We learned that the people from the visiting churches really liked the soap and offered a lot of encouragement. The ladies have received many orders for more of their soap and hope to see the project continue to grow. We are excited about the potential of this new economic initiative.
The 500 school bags that were so generously donated by Dick’s Sporting Goods are still being distributed in rural and urban Haiti. These bags will get a lot of use by the school children who received them. The bags were donated when one of the 2018 Health for Haiti students contacted Dick’s about the need for bags in the communities we serve. Thank you Dick’s Sporting Goods!
In other news, the Port au Prince orphanage that we were not able to visit while we were in town recently enjoyed a hearty meal. All of the children and staff enjoyed having the special dinner. The food was provided thanks to fundraising that the 2018 Health for Haiti students did before their trip. Although they were not there in person to serve this meal, their efforts were appreciated.
We are happy to see the work started earlier this month continue, and we look forward to providing more updates in the future! Thank you from Health for Haiti!