Without the help of our volunteers, our mission would be stifled. We had 11 volunteers arrive on April 4th and stayed through April 10th.
At one of the construction sites in Tabarre, Haiti, our contractor, Jimmy DeGraffenried, felt most useful as he trained the laborers on appropriately laying out the foundation for a home. He said that the men needed to look at “the bigger picture” and then work their way towards the different dimensions of the rooms. From there, he and the Chief Engineer of Kay Vision Group were able to successfully help the men trace the land and dig for the foundation pour.
The remaining ten volunteers were a mix of young adults in high school to working professionals with families. They all brought so many talents and gifts to share that poured over to the children of Foyer de Sion. They planned and organized a pool party, easter egg hunt, arts and crafts, and overall quality time spent with both the toddlers and youth. As a service project to the orphanage, the volunteers were able to re-paint a classroom used for activities for the toddlers. The volunteers did have an opportunity to visit two jobsites where they were able to interact with workers and even give them a hand with organizing construction material.
Part of the experience is observing Haiti from “the back of a truck.” Haiti is a new experience for most people and people need to see what the country is like for themselves. It is both raw and organic as Shae Goodwin explains it in our volunteer video. We were able to take volunteers around Croix de Bouquets to the metal art village and Champs Mars, which is around downtown Port-au-Prince. They were able to observe daily life and purchase handcrafted keepsakes from street vendors. They were also able to end the week with a drive up north to Saint Marc area, Côte des Arcadians, where there is a strip of beaches with white sand and beautiful ocean for miles.
As stated in the beginning, these trips cannot happen without volunteers. Please continue to refer people who are interested in attending one of our trips and use the electronic form on the volunteer section. We will be posting trips dates to our website in the upcoming weeks.