Sunday, October 31, 2010

Lespwa Means Hope

Check out the Lespwa website! You can find dates for their fall tour in the states and some blogs from other people that live here in Haiti with me!

p.s. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's been a while...

First, I would like to apologize for not giving an update recently. These last couple weeks have been full of changes and new experiences.
I have finally started my English classes at the Hope House. I have 5 classes of kids and 1 class of the Mommies. Needless to say, it has been a quick change of pace from my first few weeks here.
Have I mentioned that I LOVE my job here!? Working at the Hope House has been crazy, tiring, exhausting, and so much fun! I can't think of anywhere I would rather be right now. This past month we played "Survivor Hope House." They split up into 8 teams and played some insane games.
Here is a pic of Widler taped to the wall. In this game, the kids taped their smallest team member to the wall, we pulled the chair out from under them, and the last to fall off the wall won.

In another game, they went fishing for gummy worms in buckets of chocolate pudding.

All of the games were nuts... my inner Younglife had a blast!

In other updates, since the Cholera outbreak, everything has been going well here, at Mission of Hope. Immediately after we got word of the outbreak, the clinic staff was hard at work preparing for what could show up at our gates. These last few days have shown me how truly amazing this clinic is. The passion they have to help others is inspiring. From a cholera outbreak to a motorcycle accident at 8pm, it is literally nonstop for them. Please keep the clinic staff in your prayers!

I leave you with a pic of Jeremiah, one of the adorable babies living at the Hope House! <3

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

*** 3 Cords

3Cords is, without a doubt, my favorite part about being in Haiti so far. It is a small business that 2 of my friends, Diana and Christi, started for some of the amputee women that live close by. These women are some of the most amazing people I have ever met.

One of the women, Louphine, lost a leg and an arm in the earthquake earlier this year. She has been a picture of strength and perseverance since I met her three weeks ago. In the first couple of weeks, Louphine was making earrings and necklaces while the other women made the braided headbands. Last week Christi and I decided it was time for them to try something new. As Christi showed everyone how to make a small purse Louphine was quick to say that she couldn't do it because she only has one hand. We assured her that we would help her get started. In about ten minutes, with the help of some pins and weights, Louphine was sewing a purse... with one arm!!! At the end of the day she had finished the purse, sewed on two buttons, cut and sewed two button holes!, and three flat headbands!!! (I still can't believe it) Christi and I watched in amazement the entire time she was working.

Each of the six women working at 3Cords has an inspiring story. I feel so blessed that I get to work alongside them every week.

As 3Cords continues to grow I will keep you updated! We are hoping to have a website up in the future so that everyone can be a part of it!