WITH 150 STUDENTS AND ONLY SEVEN TEACHERS, OUR GOAL IS TO DONATE THE SCHOOL TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE SCHOOL TO BECOME SELF-SUSTAINABLE. WITHIN THE SCHOOL, WE SPONSOR A FEEDING PROGRAM IN WHICH EACH CHILD RECEIVES A HOME COOKED MEAL AT LEAST TWO TIMES A WEEK. UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO SAY HOW MUCH EACH OF THE STUDENTS EAT, OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL DAY. AT BOUVIER SCHOOL, WE ALSO HAVE DEVELOPED A FARM AND CHICKEN COOP THAT PROVIDES EGGS AND VEGETABLES TO THE CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY.
NOW THAT LIBELLULE TRAINING ACADEMY IS RUNNING, A GROUP OF MOTHERS AND FORMER YOUNG ADULTS WHO ONCE LIVED AT LOVE COMMUNITY HOME, ATTEND CLASS TWO TIMES A WEEK FROM 9AM - 1PM. DURING THESE TIMES, THE STUDENTS ARE CURRENTLY LEARNING JEWELRY MAKING FOR DIFFERENT CULTURAL MARKETS AS WELL AS HOW TO MARKET AND SELL THEIR PRODUCTS TO EACH OF THE INTENDED MARKETS. IN 2018, WE PROVIDED ALL MATERIALS AND TRAINING TO CREATE HANDMADE JEWELRY THAT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED STATES. EACH SALE GENERATES INCOME FOR OUR FAMILIES. THE STUDENTS RECEIVE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH EACH DAY OF CLASS, A STIPEND WHICH IS PUT INTO THEIR OWN MICRO FINANCE ACCOUNTS AND A MONTHLY FOOD PACKAGE TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES.
IT IS MY GOAL TO LISTEN TO NEEDS AND TO BECOME AN EFFECTIVE MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY. YOUR SUPPORT IN AIDING THIS MISSION WOULD MEAN EVERYTHING, NOT ONLY TO MYSELF, LIGHT FOR LIVING INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES AND TO FRONTIER PROJECTS, BUT TO THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING SO HARD TO SAVE THEMSELVES FROM A CYCLE THAT WAS NOT DESIGNED TO HELP THEM. IN JUST TWO WEEKS ON THE 2017 JOURNEY OF HOPE, MY LIFE WAS CHANGED, I WAS MADE WHOLE AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE NATION OF HAITI AND ITS PEOPLE. IN 2018, I REALIZED THAT THERE WAS MORE TO LIFE AND THAT I COULD ELICIT ACTUAL CHANGE. I AM BEYOND EXCITED FOR THIS UPCOMING ADVENTURE AS IT GIVES ME THE CHANCE TO SERVE AN UNDERPRIVILEGED, YET RESILIENT COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO DESERVE THE CHANCE TO PREVAIL. THESE MOTHERS, THESE CHILDREN AND THESE FAMILIES DESERVE HOPE; A HOPE THAT MANY OF US HAVE BEEN SO BLESSED TO KNOW. YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND PARTNERSHIP WITH ME, LIGHT FOR LIVING INTERNATIONAL MINISTRIES AND FRONTIER PROJECTS HAITI WILL HELP TO SUPPORT EACH OF THE ABOVE INITIATIVES IN UNIMAGINABLE WAYS. WE WORK, BASED ON COMMUNITY DESIRE TO FILL SPECIFIC NEEDS. THANK YOU FOR JOURNEYING WITH ME!
I made amazing friends that supported me and had my back. We exchanged language and culture and found that we are more similar than not. Every day spent coming into community with great people was inspiring and purposeful.
While in Haiti, I participated in three unique mission trips; one with a Haitiain team, an Australian team and an American team, all doing different work in several communities. Each trip was hands on and meaningful.
I encountered so many beautiful children in Haiti; some with families and some without. The beautiful thing about it was that regardless of a child's upbringing or status, there was always so much love in every moment. Children are supported and they need to know that they are the future.
Love, I found, is a universal language. I was able to love hard and be loved in a way that allowed me to do more every day. I am so blessed that God chose me for this mission.