May 18th in Haiti is known as Flag Day or Fet Drapo.   Our school celebrated with a party again this year.  It included a meal prepared by secondary students, a hired band that played on site at the school and for all our students who marched outside the compound singing the National Anthem.

Leaving the school Flag Day May 18th


Students preparing the meal


Grade 1 with Dieunel & Josie


Director Luckner dishing up rice and beans

The students finished writing year end exams ten days ago, and were able to stay home, returning today for their results.  Grade Six and Grade 9 in Haiti have to write Government exams.   Our JJ had to go to Verrettes last week to write his Grade 6 exams and Grade 9’s are writing this week.  The results of these exams will not be available until August.

Students writing year end exams


My handsome son, JJ, going to write the government exams

Today was ‘Report Card Day’ at HATS.  Our kids did fairly well this year.  We have a couple here in the Children’s Homes who never want to do any school work but who expect good marks anyway.  Hopefully they can come to realize it does take work and study to make good grades.

Report card day


Report card day

Our school as a whole did not do too badly.   Luckner and I, however, are very concerned about our grade nine class this year. Results will be out in August but we are not expecting many to pass.  This will not be the fault of our school – teachers or direction.  The students were not willing to put in any effort at all.  They had bad attitudes throughout the whole year.  (We had problems with these same students when they were in grade 8.)  Due
to this grade 9 class Luckner and I have decided to wait one more year before adding grade 10 to our school.  We will add grade 10 in September of 2014 instead.

A reminder to all you wonderful sponsors who are making a big difference in the lives of the student(s) you are helping.  It is time once again to send your sponsorship funds to the HATS office in Yarmouth, for the next school year.   I thank you in advance for taking care of this so uniforms can be prepared and textbooks purchased.

Bathroom construction in Boy’s Home

In previous blogs there were photos of the plumbing work in the yard and construction underway on a bathroom in the boy’s home. The construction is now 99% finished.  Just one small task remains.  We needed to get through the finishing up of the school year first. The boys and the house mother are excited about no longer having to leave the house to find the bathroom.

Boy’s bathroom construction


Boy’s bathroom


Boy’s Bathroom 95% finished


Brad smashing cement in order to hook up water line to Boy’s Bathroom

Luckner and I want to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to the Newfie team, under the leadership of Don, aka Misye Komik, who came at end of April, for raising the funds to do the bathroom and to redo most of the plumbing work in the yard.   We are all much better off because of getting this work done.

I can’t blog without saying THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  This mission would not be here without you.  The children would not be living here in the children’s homes without you.  (Some may not even be alive today.)  More than two hundred children throughout the area would not be attending school without you.  Many children from our school would not be attending church without you. Food and clothing would not be distributed without you.  The needs that we help with under ‘Mercy’ would not be happening without you.

All of you are the HATS mission – you are all supporting missionaries.  Luckner and I and now the Reimers are on the front lines but without all of you we would not be touching the lives of the children in the surrounding area.

IT has been and always will be   ALL  ABOUT  THE   CHILDREN

May the Lord bless and keep all of you in his care.

~Karen and gang