Monday, April 14, 2014

Each One Teach Twenty!

Today let us take a look at the following pictures.  
After you've pondered each one for just a moment you can read at the bottom of this post my thoughts. 

This the final picture in my post is Jackson and Tony. Both are volunteer English teachers.  They both live in Haiti.  Jackson sent me a text the other day telling me that he couldn't send me any pictures because his phone was not working. Hmmm... lots of people have phones that don't work.  However, Jackson's phone didn't work because he doesn't live in a "real house" and when it rains the water comes in and his phone got wet so it wasn't working. Nonetheless, he and Tony got on a tap tap and rode up the mountain to the orphanage where there are a whole crew of children waiting to learn English. 
I have many people ask me why it's so important for the kids to learn English and my answer is always the same.  English in Haiti is a marketable skill.  By being able to speak three languages Creole, French and English every child stands a better chance of getting a real paying job someday.  If you would like to help pay for the tap tap ride for these two volunteers please click on the donate button and send them some money.  Each ride costs about $2 American.  So for just $10 you will provide enough tap tap money for five weeks and 20 little children will learn English which will increase their chances of getting a job someday!
These are the "Future Leaders of Haiti"

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” 
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Each One Teach One

This is the English class that a couple of the "Future Leaders of Haiti" are now teaching.
This picture is proof that "Each on teach one" works!
It's always exciting for me to see that one of my students is now sharing the skills they've learned.
Keep up the great work guys!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Bio-Medical Students showing the way for the "Future Leaders of Haiti"

Yes these are MY guys!!!!

Mackenzy, Jivenson, Elie, Jhonny. Four Bio-Medical students on their journey to become the Future Leaders of Haiti. Next week they will travel to Pignon. Once again their guardian angel has made it possible for them to travel many miles from home. I am sending a special thank you to God and their guardian angel and RotaryHaitiBioMed. This has been a two year journey for these guys and in a couple months they will graduate and truly become Haiti's Future Leaders!

Stay tuned... in about two months we will have graduation pictures!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Haiti.... I'm on my way!

January 7, 2014 I'll be arriving in Haiti to help establish The Future Leaders of Haiti as the premier youth organization in Haiti.  I hope you'll return soon and enjoy reading about our accomplishments.  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe's Facebook cover picture

This is a cover page from PM Laurent Lamothe's Facebook page.  Click on the picture and you can visit his page. 

Under this picture are comments.  They range from complimentary to insulting. 
Usually I don't have much to say about things like this but as I looked at this picture, before I read the comments I had a few thoughts.
1. Wow looks pretty.
2. It looks like some houses in Europe. 
3. I wonder if the paint was paid for by the Haitian government.
4. My first thoughts about Haiti when I got there was that they needed a million gallons of paint to brighten up the place.  I was glad to see someone else had the same thought.
5. Bright colors lighten everyone's spirits. That's nice.
6. Some of my friends in Haiti live in houses that look just like this without paint. 
7. When the earthquake hit Haiti, many of these "kinds" of homes fell down the sides of the mountains.
8. My friend Annie could make these houses safe with her building methods.  How can I help her promote her building system?
9.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone that lived in these homes had running water and waste water treatment?
10. How much does one of these homes cost to buy?
11. Can I buy one of these homes?
12. Is it a positive move to brighten up the mountain side without addressing the safety issue?
13. No one must own a car because it looks to me like you must walk into that neighborhood.
14. Is this the same mountain side that I took a picture of?  And even if it wasn't doesn't it look much better than it use to?
Now that I've been in Haiti for three months.  I thought maybe I'd mention that the houses you see, brightly decorated with pretty colors... don't have glass in the windows or even walls on some of the sides of the buildings. 
“All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” 
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Checking in on my guys!

Blaise, today is his birthday.  October 16.  It's been my pleasure to watch him grow up.  As everyone can see by looking at him, he's all business.  Keep your eye on him! 

Benjili, is my singer.  He's been blessed with the voice of an angel. 

Elie, the guy who takes care of everything EXACTLY the way things should be taken care of.  He's the responsible guy, he's the one that no matter what you can count on him.  He's going to be a great Bio-Medical Technician.  I will guarantee what ever he fixes will be fixed right!

Jameson, or J as he's affectionately called by me (his American mama).  J is still in New York going to the university for computer science.  He's going to be very useful in Haiti when he returns home to use his skills. 

Mr. Felix I love you, you make me smile  :-)  You are SUCH a mystery. He's now in Brazil.  Now answer me this.... how does a young Haitian man get to Brazil?  I still don't know what he's doing there, but there he is! 

Jivenson. Another Bio-Medical technician with the faith of a mustard seed. If anyone is ever unsure if God is on your side, call Jivenson. 

Jhonny in the red.  Studying as usual!  He's a book worm and a Bio-Medical Technician also.  Jhonny was the first young Haitian to call me mom.  I have a really soft spot for him. 

Mackenzy.  Bio-Medical Technician.  Serious as a judge! Non-stop practicing his English skills. 

So now I've checked in on a couple of my guys. I miss them all so much. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Life is an amazing fun mystery!

Wow! Life is an amazing fun mystery! I must apologize that I've been quiet for a while. My life has been a whirlwind. There's so much to report. First to update information about my Bio-Medical students. They are now "making practice" in a REAL hospital. AND the hospital is trying to make arrangements to pay the students a stipend for their time as well. I'm thankful to God every single day for the good fortune He's bestowed on my kids in Haiti. All of us remember every day that it is all for the Glory of God. We do Gods work here on earth while we wait to be with Him someday. My Bio-Medical guys are doing great! The Rotary Club who provides the education for them deserves a million blessings.

My VickisVision English students have been suffering along without me. However, they've found an Angel that shows up miraculously and spends an hour with them. She's a SPECIAL savior! Her name is Amy and I love her for being there when I could not be. My mother-in-law has been very sick and since has moved her residence to Heaven. Soon I'll be able to be with my English students.

My dear friend Annie is also making magic happen in Haiti. I hope to join her soon.

Tony Sanneh, former World Cup Soccer Player, The Sanneh Foundation & HI (Haitian Initiative) & Annie along with others are working intimately with the children in Cite Soliel to bring Tony's Soccer Program that is a combination of athletic ability and academic commitment through consistent demonstration to both.

Tony selected (18) young men 13/14 years of ages 8 months ago and monitored them through the training months. The local Haitian coaches ensured they were accountable to practice and their schooling.

However,when the passports had been verified and obtained, the package for VISA Group Interview submitted, HI was denied Group Interview. There were no appointments available until September 2013.
Annie received telephone call around May 14th asking her to step in and assist to get US Embassy to know the importance for the Group Interviews for these (18) boys.

As she is not in politics and not familiar with any persons at US Embassy, this was a task that kept leading to a dead end with the US Embassy personnel telling her "No AnnaMarie, No AnnaMarie" this is not possible at this time.

Finally, she was provided dates for June 24,25,27,28 for all 18 children.

The VISA's received final approval on June 28th!!!!!

This approval had never been provided to a team of this young age before. Thus, these boys made history with these approvals. The approvals based in part on the personal plea of each individual child when interviewed by the Chief of the Department at the Embassy. This was not a 'slam dunk' as we call a per-arranged approval. The children really had to step up, present themselves capable, hygienics, studious and fit
to travel such a distance to Minnesota for such a prestigious tournament.

When these boys boarded the International Airlines jet, they again made history for Haiti's children to follow them. Future children will look back at the photo's of them and know they were the 1st one's to open the door (like looking back at dated photo's of the first country men & women to establish Haiti) for them to explore opportunities abroad and bring home to Haiti the experience.

Now having arrived to Minnesota, played the tournament games,winning each one,they are in fact the Tournament Champions!!!!

All the while, I've been busy getting my real estate license and selling houses to make money to go to Haiti. Just for a moment take a look at this page.

Scroll down to the board called "Homes I'd love to sell!" I've shown two of these homes, made an offer on one and working on the offer for the second. No one need ask if God has a hand in what's going on.

We still need benefactors to support our Bio-Medical students. Please, if there is something inside of you that says help... contact me. I promise to make your money stretch farther than any human on this earth.

Until we meet... I hope you are well and doing the things that make you happy!