Friday, March 5, 2010

It rained again last night. And the night before. Pouring, soaking rain. So loud it woke me up. All I could think about were these kids from the tent city we met last weekend...
 
Sleeping wet again.
Pray for every Haitian who still suffers. These little girls kept wanting to touch Anna's hair and her arms. They were mystified!
 
On Sunday, Ben and I (and Anna, our visiting friend) went back to church for the first time since the quake. These photos were taken from the back of the Heaths' home, where we have church. There's a ravine behind the home with a huge community built onto the hillside.

 Just destroyed. Carol says the worst thing about being in her home during the quake was not the shaking she personally experienced, but the cracking sound she heard through her window of these homes being destroyed and sliding down the hill. She says with each aftershock there is more cracking.
Here on campus we have a great new development- the Haitian school has finally started! We have our Haitian Quisqueya employees whose homes were destroyed living on campus still (though some have left). There are probably 20 kids in those families, and we've been wanting to start some sort of schooling for them. Pastor Cange, a local leader who has been tending to the spiritual needs of these families, found these ladies to teach, and they started last Monday.
The school is very limited. They meet on our campus, in a shady corner. No classroom. Cute little chairs, a whiteboard, three teachers, all meeting together. They sing a lot of songs, and from what I can tell they are learning some French (there's a particularly cute song about learning to count in French that I am also benefiting from!). I imagine it was muddy in that corner today. It's only for the children of our working who are living here on campus, and it's only temporary. I'm torn- it's not much, a very modest setup. However, they are occupied, and learning, and active, and being loved- a lot better than sitting on the porch all day.
They dress up for school. These are certainly nicer clothes than I usually see them in. I think that's very tender- their parents put them in their good clothes for this little school.
 
World Maths Day at Quisqueya. Students from all over the world logged on to play these math games against each other. Our kids enjoyed it- here is Melody playing two kids from Canada and one from Saudi Arabia!
Stephanie playing in between card games. It makes me so happy when they get to do "normal"things like this.

Speaking of the school, shout out to Mrs. Crowe's students and the Student Council at the Shelton school in Dallas, and the Caruso family in Norman, OK! They held fundraisers for Quisqueya. You guys should know that you're allowing kids to stay at our school by helping with scholarships- as you can imagine, most families' sources of income were seriously disrupted as businesses collapsed along with everything else in the quake. Blessings on you!

For the first time since we've been here, it's raining in daylight hours right now. Off to give a vocabulary quiz and lecture on writing a persuasive essay:)

3 comments:

  1. I love reading this blog. I get on everyday and come to see what you guys are writing. It also makes my heart ache b/c I feel like there is so little I can do sitting in my little house in Plano, TX where we are more blessed than we can ever even begin to comprehend. Bless you for loving this country, its people, and especially its children.

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  2. I love the little haitian kids all dressed up for school. So stinkin' cute!! I know that they love learning, singing, and being together even if it is in the shade outside. Miss y'all. Hugs!!!

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  3. The contrasts you deal with daily are amazing. Not sure if the "good" contrasts are catching up yet, but seeing kids smiling and learning is very gratifying. God's blessings.

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