Itโ€™s so good to be back at HATS! Last spring Mike and I (Nicki) were here at HATS for 3 months. During the past 9 months that we have been back home in Canada we have never stopped thinking of those we met while in Haiti. So it was pretty exciting to not only return but to bring 3 of our friends with us!

Each weekday morning starts with prayer with the children before they head off to school. Then we followed them to school to take part in the schoolโ€™s morning devotions.

Prayer with the kids before they leave for school

Prayer with the kids before they leave for school

There were a few less kids at school devotions this morning as there was a big rainstorm the night before and this means that the only uniform they own may have been soaked in the storm.

Kids at morning school devotions

Kids at morning school devotions

It was pretty cool to see the second floor of the school built as it was only a hope that it would be built last time we were here. Now it is full of children writing exams. The HATS school now goes up to grade 12 and has in total more than 500 students.

Second floor school

Second floor school

With a pile of kids and some crazy heat outside it seemed like a good idea to try some quiet library time. We brought out the books that many friends donated and the kids laid on the cool concrete floor and read.

Library time โ€“ Markenson reading to Dickieson

Library time โ€“ Markenson reading to Dickieson

Then it was time to get adventurous and try to get a family photo with Mama. Keith got the ladder and with a little (no, a LOT!) of effort we got all the kids into one room with clean clothes and faces and attempted to get a good photo. Stay tuned for a future blog post for the final results.

Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot

We canโ€™t fail to mention the great food that Roselene is making for us. Here is one of my favorites โ€“ fritay (fried food). Okra, plantains, potatos (both Haitian and North American), and of course chicken.

Yum!!

Yum!!

Oh, itโ€™s so good to be back!

~Nicki White