Monday, November 30, 2009
This is Maxo, a local, who works in my garden. He's the one who does all the work and is very proud of it.
One of several grenadia vines growing. The small fruit makes excellent juice which contains lots of vitamins.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
The children gathered this afternoon to put on a spektak to show our visitors their appreciation. Here's Daniel, the Master of Ceremonies, warming up the crowd. Thanks, Pam and Pauline, for your presence and support. Good to have you with us for Thanksgiving. Have a safe trip home.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Though Thanksgiving is not celebrated here, a few of us got together today and created an oasis of gratitude in the Guest House. We had some tasty treats and followed that up with a huge turkey dinner, stuffing and all. Thanks to Linda and the Quad staff for making this day special.
We remember all of you who support us spiritually and financially.
May God bless you for your kindness.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This is Easy Cross, one of our singing groups. To encourage creativity and talent development we support Arts and Crafts, singing groups, dance troupes... These boys have performed locally and are a big hit. Linda is the proud group's manager.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
What do you mean my hair is messy? I brushed it just a few minutes ago. This is Elcide, a terrific soccer player and very good older brother to the little guys.
Alphonse eats with us, goes to school with us, benefits from our medical clinic and receives clothing and shoes when we have them. He sleeps at home, a shack, on rags spread out on the dirt floor. We could take him in but who would help out his mother with chores?
Friday, November 6, 2009
This is Mami. She comes by every afternoon to collect the food our cooks set aside for her. She shows her appreciation by picking leaves for an hour or so. When I asked to take her photo she said that she used to be pretty. That reminded me of the song "Memories" from the musical "CATS". I took her hand and she smiled. Andrew Lloyd Webber was right on target with his lyrics.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Above are the latest addition to our Arts & Crafts inventory. They are baked-clay crosses inscribed with various qualities in Creole. The three above are (from left) wisdom, hope and love. They come is different shades of dusty rose, green, blue and gold. Started Christmas shopping, yet?
The professor helps out Naomie with her assignment. Our tailor/seamstress class in going very well. The profs share the workload as they are doing the basics at this point. They'll separate later on when the boys focus on making trousers and shirts and the girls work on dresses, skirts and blouses.
Here's a shot of some of the Vocational Training School students attending Business Management Training class. We want them to know how to manage a small business, to do inventory, assure quality control, prepare budgets, determine fair prices...
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Here's a photo of the ESPWA Community. These young men have expressed an interest in religious life so we have decided to start a community and give them the chance to experience it first-hand. They are living in two homes in the northern neighborhood and if things work out we'll plan on building a community house for them. Their objective is to care for the spiritual needs of the children here. Please pray for them as they begin this courageous adventure.
Ebel Pluviose (Asst. Food Manager), Matante and Michel Adme prepare to serve breakfast
This has been a long time coming. The children ate scrambled eggs and bread this morning. What is special is that the bread was made here in our solar ovens and the eggs are fresh from our chickens. A positive step towards sustainability.