Wednesday, May 31, 2006
This is a photo of Bertin Borgella's siblings. Bertin, one of our teens, has been bugging us to have a photo taken of them for quite a while. The mother was absent doing laundry but we saw the house and the roof which leaks like a sieve. We've added the Borgella family to the list of homes that need repairs.
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Nick captured this wonderful juggling routine that Aurel has been working on for a while now. He's not only our best juggler but also the manager for our "spektaks", the shows that our kids present. It was the first time that Aurel used fire in his act and it was a real winner for all the spectators.
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Here's a good shot of Wilgens carrying two of our little guys on his unicycle. Wilgens is one of our participants in the shows the kids put together.
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This is Alphonse next to his little garden. The children get extra seeds from our agronomists, plant them, water them everyday morning. Some are growing corn; some spinach; others are growing beans. Most will be ready at the same time so there will be quite a feast at Castel-Pere.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Here are our four latest children having a snack. From left to right- Onald, Nephtaly, Schnyley and Onaldo. They are brothers and sisters and two sets of twins. All are malnourished and Onald has a neck problem. We thought it might be TB but he tested negative. The local doc said that malnutrition could cause this so we'll keep an eye on him. Welcome to the family!
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This is Jean sleeping on rags in the large room of his home. Jean's family is dirt poor and they cannot manage without help. See the next post for a family photo.
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Jonas, one of my older boys, asked me to visit a family near Castel-Pere so after church on Sunday we went to see them. Here's a photo of them in front of their home. The mother asked me for help and I thought she might ask for a new home but her wish is that we take her two older boys (on the right) because she can't feed them or dress them or care for them when they are sick. They've not been to school. I asked the boys what they wanted and they both said that it would be great to move into our village! We will discuss this case along with a dozen others at our next staff meeting. Your support makes it possible for us to consider helping this family. I'll keep you posted.
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Saturday, May 20, 2006
Three of our older boys - Junior and David are standing and Attache on the right - in a scene from Joey's presentation entitled PISTASH GRIYE [Roasted Peanuts] last Thursday evening at the local auditorium.
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Here they are in a short play that was written by Joey Lamarre, center. Congrats to those involved in this creative activity.
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Here's Jeff with our chickens. The one on the right is ready for market or the frying pan (sorry, Janina) and the other has six weeks to catch up. Jeff likes to help out the older boys in caring for the chickens.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Brother Edmond Genicq, Father Charles Heon (standing) and Brother Clement Rondeau pose for a photo. All are a tremendous help to us. Join me in praying for their safety as all three travel this summer to be with their families and communities.
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The infrastructure for the workshop roof is now done. Pretty amazing when you consider that all was made by hand. Once we find the money to purchase the 200 sheets of metal roofing and a whole bunch of bolts our carpenters and their students will have a new home.
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The boys planted string beans near the entrance to the school and they are starting to come up. I've got to get my sister's (Denise) recipe for string bean casserole. Hmmm, I can taste it already.
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Edouard Constant has returned home after a year of English studies in New York. The kids were very happy to welcome him back as evidenced here. We'll be discussing what the future holds for Eddy in the weeks to come and keep you posted.
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Thursday, May 11, 2006
And this is Angie, a volunteer, who is teaching English to our elementary school children. Angie is with us for two months and then she'll be replaced by another volunteer. Welcome, Angie. Glad you're here with us.
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Regina Abiles holding her godson, Jean-Marc, and James makes it a trio. Regina is TWI's Communications Director and Board member. Great to have you here, Regina.
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Saturday, May 06, 2006
Here's Ti-Wa waiting his turn to plant his fruit tree. Every child planted a tree as a symbol of participation in Pwoje Espwa and our efforts to build a future for them.
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Guess who got hitched while I was in the states? Yup, that's Harry with his new bride, Judah. We wish them all the best and many long and happy years together.
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Charles came back to southern Haiti to work on his irrigation project. As you can see from the photo it was a success. Thank you very much, Charles. This life-giving water will serve to irrigate thirty acres of land which will provide all kinds of nutritious vegetables and legumes for the children.
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Tiburon is a village located at the western tip of the southern peninsula of Haiti. A group of concerned young adults decided to do something about the poor children being unable to go to school. A family donated the use of an old home and volunteers started teaching the children. Their dream is to have a decent school with benches for all the children and space that allows them to sit and work on assignments. For four years now we've been helping them with school supplies and other expenses. The same family that provided the house has offered us land on which we can build a school for the children. Your prayers and financial support are needed to realize this dream. The following photos were taken by Nick when he and Andy visited Tiburon last week.
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Here's a photo of the present school in Tiburon. It's actually an old two-room house; a tarp in the back allows for another classroom. One hundred and seventy children are educated here.
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