I have done a lot of various and different jobs this month at HATS but I am sure glad this one wasn’t on my list. Eugene waded into the sludge pool in front of the school and cleaned out the garbage, weeds and other assorted “things” from the green stagnant water. Not a pretty sight.

Sludge pool

Today was a holiday from school. No one seems too sure why the school is closed so we just called it the holiday of St. Keith. It was like Saturday all over. Kids were playing, doing homework, Karen in the office and chasing after kids and I finished up a few odd jobs and looked busy. Tomorrow I return to Montreal and I will miss this place a lot.

HATS

 

Orphange

But more than the place I shall miss the kids….. Because like the sign says “It’s all about the Children” These may be orphans today but they will be Haiti’s leaders tomorrow:

Vladimy

 

Tifi

 

JJ

 

Moise

 

Djemima

 

Leica

 

Ti Luc

 

Josie

 

Dieunel

 

Judel

 

Karena

 

Jofky

 

Anne

 

Sandra and Jonathan

And I shall miss my friend and boss lady – The spirit, backbone, Mama, President and prayer warrior for this place. Karen:

Mother and son talk

It was a holiday so we had a walk along the canal, but a little job first: we had to free Dieunel from his bike pedal.

Trying to get Dieunel’s lace out of the chain

The views along the canal are gorgeous. This part of Haiti is quite lush, green and beautiful.

Rice fields

 

Canal views

We had the whole gang, older kids on bikes and younger ones walking, wandering and talking. So of course a periodic head count was in order.

Head count

 

Time to go back in the compound

 

Me and my friends!!!!

Thanks to everyone for making my time here memorable. See you soon…

~Keith