Wednesday started with another sunrise  walk 🌅 – we are definitely getting our steps in! The views are stunning and each day brings a new route and lots to see and learn about.

The highlight of the morning for me (Ashley) was going to visit the school. Approximately 500 students attend school daily from preschool-one through to grade 12. This week kids are writing exams. I was shocked at the focus the students had even with all of the noise from the little kids being excited to see the Blans wandering around.

Exam Focus

Exam Focus

The younger students quickly surrounded us for hugs and to check out our soft white skin. How curious they are!

Kids Around

Kids Around

The preschool class we visited held about 40 students who were eager to say “Bonjou!” and show us their work on cursive handwriting.

Preschool

Preschool

After the school visit, Karen took us to the Verrettes market. We followed Karen single file and took in all the sights of daily life for the people of Haiti. We saw where they purchase everything from meat and vegetables, to homemade charcoal, and household products. Nicki, Deborah, and I were very lucky to find some beautiful mugs to bring home!

The team at the Verrettes market

The team at the Verrettes market

The team at the Verrettes market

The team at the Verrettes market

The afternoon was filled with organizing the depot with the donations that we brought down. What a blessing these donations are to the kids at HATS and to the community. We sorted clothes, sheets, towels, body products, and much more. Thank you to everyone who helped fill our suitcases!

Donations

Donations

Today (Thursday) has been filled with more painting. This time we are painting the main room of the girls home and it looks beautiful if I say so myself! We helped out with some office work and of course had time with the children riding bikes, coloring, and braiding Deborah’s hair (she may not have much hair when she comes home – ouch!).

~Ashley Withrow