Friday morning, all Orphanage children, staff and us attended early devotions in the Compound because that would be our last chance for us all to meet together for early morning service. Then the students all dashed off to school and we scurried around at some small jobs. Some checked with the House Mothers to see what they could help with, and whenever possible to play with the younger children ie dinkies, swinging, hugging, ball, other wee kiddies games, hugging again…
|Our young bicycle club minus Jonathan|
Later in the morning we went to the school for the recess period, and to see some soccer that is usually played during that time. We toured the high school classes with Karen and we all met Luckner – he is the Principal of HATS School and Assistant Director of HATS Mission.
|Grade 9 class|
Introduction to the School Kitchen and Staff found us helping serve dinner to the students. This may be the only meal that they get to eat today .
|Grade 8 students being served|
The goats that were purchased by Canadians have arrived and are being given to fortunate families throughout Deschapelles.
|The goats have arrived|
|Goat gift for a student|
|Gift of a goat|
|The kids like the goats|
Too, food that we have previously bagged for needy families was distributed. Back at our quarters we enjoyed, as usual, a delicious dinner prepared by our cooks.
|Thank you HATS for the food|
That afternoon brought another host of activities ,ie painting the girls’ house, a project that was started by an earlier Team. Brushes, rollers, ladders etc the Canadian beavers went into action. Before supper we entertained ourselves practicing for our big singing debut at Radio Creole FM 104.7.
|Team at Radio Creole|
Here we are; all looking like the good old Newfoundland Labrador choir we have deemed ourselves to be, very professional, as we squeeze ourselves into Luckner’s small studio. Renditions of I’se the bye, Salt water joys, He’s a peach of a Saviour, I’ve got the joy joy joy joy down in my heart , Our Newfoundland, with Emma singing a special, Karen crying in the background (for Newfoundland) and Emma trying to keep her choir in tune .
Back at Karen’s it took us a while to settle down before going to bed, discovering all snorers’ tents moved to the top floor we had a great laugh, but he who laughs last laughs loudest. Soon we heard screams coming from certain bunks, (we’re blaming it on Karen) rubber snakes, fuzzy spiders etc were hastily tossed out.
Money in Haiti is called Gouds. 8 gouds equals 1 American $. Bag of chips 5 gouds, bottle of drink 5 gouds, pack of biscuits 7 gouds. EXPERIENCING HAITI, PRICELESS.
~Doreen & Don