Thursday, August 16, 2018
A few months ago, Espwa hosted a Box of Joy event to more than 500 handicapped children in Les Cayes, Haiti.
This organization facilitates help for both adults and children with a range of handicaps, both physical and mental.
Unfortunately, resources for individuals with handicaps are extremely scarce in Haiti. Schools are over-crowded, lack skilled staff, or are too difficult to access by families with handicapped children. Many children and adults go without much-needed therapy, medical treatment, and equipment to help them reach their fullest potential on a day-to-day basis.
During our Box of Joy event, many parents were carrying their disabled children because of the lack of equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches, and other aids to provide mobility.
Through our in-country partnerships with other organizations, we have been able to extend our reach to some of these children and adults by facilitating the delivery of equipment --- bringing hope to many families.
Monday, July 2, 2018
Today at Pwoje Espwa, we kicked off summer camp – “kan ete a” – with love! Over the next 8 weeks, the children and staff at Espwa will be participating in a variety of fun activities while exploring the values of the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
For our staff, the goal of this new summer program is to provide the children at Pwoje Espwa formation in four different categories: independent living/community service, spiritual/moral development, job exploration, and sports/activities.
Each week of camp will have a theme that focuses on one or two of the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit. The kids are split into three different teams by age group: Butterflies (ages 3-7), Panthers (ages 8-13), and Eagles (ages 14-18).
Here's what a day at camp - Monday through Saturday - will look like on campus this summer:
· Every morning of the week, a staff member will lead all of the children in a discussion centered on the week’s theme.
· After the morning meeting, the Butterflies and the Panthers will split into their age groups to participate in an activity that carries on the message of the morning’s discussion. At this time, the Eagles will have the ability to rotate between different “internships” at departments around campus.
· Later on, all of the kids have the ability to choose an activity for the duration of the morning. These range from arts & crafts, dance, chorale, sports/physical activity, computer class, and English lessons.
· They will gather again in the afternoons for Bible study/discussions on morality, a movie, a talent show, or a soccer game.
What did we do today?
While much of the morning covered a general explanation of the camp schedule and the staff’s expectations for the summer, it also included a whole lot of fun!
The first fruit we placed on our Tree of the Holy Spirit –
“Pyebwa Lespri Sen an” – was Love!
Together we talked about what love is –
“sharing everything you have with one another,”
“love makes your heart happy,”
“love makes you live” –
and what love looks like when you share it with others –
“giving your hand."
After our discussion on love, the kids learned how to say “I love you” in sign language and smothered each other in hugs. They were then able to choose their very first activities of camp – campus was pulsing with energy as kids were drawing and painting, playing soccer, singing loudly, counting to 10 in English, and sharing smiles.
It was a warm start to a love-filled week, and a full summer! We are excited to have the collaboration of our diverse and talented staff as they work closely with the kids over the upcoming months to provide them with a summer of fun, learning and exploration.
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