Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
The purpose of Espwa can be seen in the eyes of all the children of Les Cayes- even the ones who are not within the Project.
Last night a few friends and I went to a dance performance at a local spot. After the show was over, hung around chatting at a table. As the conversation came to a lull, I heard my name being spoken in the distance. When I turned my head, I saw a group of about seven children, none over the age of eleven, whispering and waving to me. Hearing my name is not uncommon, whether I am on or off the property of Castel Pere, so I smiled and waved at them.
The youngest of the group, timidly walked over to me. I immediately picked him up and put him on my lap. "How are you?" I asked. "Not too bad, Paige," was little Joseph Wilson's response.
Gaining courage the rest of the clan gathered around Joseph Wilson and myself. "You work for Father Marc, don't you?" one of the older one's asked. "I sure do. You know Espwa and Father Marc?"
"Of course we do! We love Father Marc. We go to La Madonne every day at noon for lunch. It's the only way we get to eat every day." exclaimed one of the older boys. The rest of the group nodded their heads in agreement, smiling up at me.
A chill ran down my back as I looked into the eyes of these seven little boys, all proclaiming their love and appreciation for Father Marc and Espwa. I had to fight back tears as the boys chattered happily to one another thinking about how, in just a couple weeks, these street boys would no longer be receiving their only guaranteed meal of the day. In just a couple of weeks, due to the financial crisis the project is in, the kitchen would be closed.
It shouldn't be. Not only should these little boys be able to come in and eat every afternoon, but they should not be wearing rags as clothing, grateful for the Haitian dollar I gave them that will buy them a small package of cookies. They should be with us. We should be able to help them.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Thanks to John Dunkle, our vocational school has been funded, and construction is under way. This picture is from a week ago, and since then a lot more building has taken place- I will update a picture soon. This is such a great opportunity for our kids!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Using the hood of one of our old cars, they were able to make a basketball hoop, which has now become very popular amongst our boys. I'll be sure to get a picture of that up on the blog soon.
Thanks for visiting Daniel- it was great seeing you again, and meeting your friends. Come back soon. Keep in touch. and keep Limbo-ing!
It has been a little over two months since Jean Wil has passed. I painted his tomb the colors of Espwa- green and white. The mango tree next to his tomb is bearing fruit now, and provides him with shade. Father Marc's future bedroom window has a nice view of Jean Wil. Please remember him, as well as the other children who have left us too soon because of the poor situation in which they live.
Makentoche digging a hole for the piping.
Wilson and Fritzner suppling the materials.
Fritzner laying out the PVC pipes.
Maurice, our head electrician working with the boys on stringing the wires through the pipes.
A look at the finished product! Can't wait till it's all done- probably by the end of next week there will be light!
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Father Marc has been a lot better about his blog- I hope you are checking his.
I am in the process of uploading pictures right now, so as soon as the Internet gods allow it- you will get to see what I've been up to!
Thanks for your patience!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Herold plays on the Les Cayes soccer team. He scored the first goal on Sunday. The game ended in a tie- 3 to 3. After the game, the coach from the PaP team asked Herold if he would go to PaP to play for their team. Herold answered, "I can't. Father Marc needs me here." As flattered as Father Marc was that his kids are so loyal, he was a little frustrated to say the least that Herold would pass up the opportunity.
Amber, if you click on Konny's Korner, on my blog, you can contact Connie who will let you know what inventory she has in the states, and she can ship you a memento. Thank you to you and your mother for keeping Haiti in your hearts.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
One of the floats with T-Vice, a very popular singer, performing as he traveled through the city. Look at the crowd behind his float- it was nuts. IMPOSSIBLE to walk through.
Amanda and myself on Saturday night. Taking a break from all the walking and dancing.
Sunday night- myself, Amanda, Machontoche, and Wilson. We were doing a dance called the Limbo. It is really fun, and looks SO cool when done right. I still need to practice.
Mikelange, Kevin, and Nesly. Kevin and Nesly are making faces and me and Amanda- I guess they didn't really like our rendition of the Limbo.
Monday, January 21, 2008
And no, I was not quick to hand her over to anyone else...
Friday, January 18, 2008
for bringing us hope.
for seeing a light within us.
for loving us unconditionally.
for giving yourself to us.
for helping to pave our way.
for seeing us as an individual.
for carrying us when we can no longer walk.
for lifting us when we fall.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Jean Wil's tomb is underneath a large tree behind the house Father Marc will one day live in. It is nice to have him on the property. I will be visiting him frequently.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Jean Wil passed away this morning. As many of you know he has been suffering for months. In and out of the hospital, on different medications, with no relief to his pain. This morning he left us.
Though he will no longer be with us physically, Jean Wil will always be in the hearts of ESPWA. He was a young boy who was caring, patient, and had a smile that was contagious. His fifteen years were cut short, as Jean Wil had so much to offer the world and the people he encountered. He made an impact on us all, and will forever be embedded in our minds when we think of Pwoje ESPWA and Haiti.
Jean Will, I love you. You will be missed.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Mom with her godson, Fery. He was so happy to have finally met her, and wanted to dance extra well for her at the spektak.
While I was home over Christmas, my grandmother and aunt helped me make a quilt for Father Marc from the children to show their appreciation for all he has done over the years. They had all signed a piece of fabric, and we sewed them together to make a quilt. Here we all are standing in front of it. I think he liked it, and I know the children loved giving it to him.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Nesley reading a speech he wrote for Father Marc about ESPWA and how much he means to all the children. What is even more impressive is that he wrote it in English.
Biondy, Wilson, and Evans, along with a large group of dancers performed a special dance for Father Marc. Wilson was the choreographer, and did a fantastic job.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Daniel and Cheryl (Dan's parents) and Dan. His parents also came down for a week to help celebrate. It was really great to meet Dan's parents- we had a wonderful time.
Andy. Andy volunteered with ESPWA for about a year. He and I had met before in California at a fundraiser, so it was great to see him again in Haiti. He is going to be staying here for a few more weeks before he takes off on a new adventure- yet to be determined.