|My beautiful team!|
|Bringing clean, free water to the people of Cite Soleil|
|The slums of Cite Soleil|
|Playing with the kids at Gertrude's orphanage for special needs and handicapped kids.|
|We took a few hours out of our week of service to see the hope and potential for Haiti!!|
Most of the team came as strangers, but all left as friends!!
After this wonderful week of cultivating new relationships and sharpening my leadership skills, I said goodbye to my team at the airport and headed up to Grace Village Orphanage in Titanyen to use my nutrition skills to strengthen and support the children sponsored by Healing Haiti. Grace Village is currently the home to 62 children between the ages of 20 months and 17 years old. Within the walls of the community, there is a boys dormitory, a girls dormitory, a feeding center (my "office"), and the largest playground in Haiti. The village is currently in the process of building a talapia farm and a school, but also has plans to build a church, a soccer field, and a medical facility. While Grace Village remains a gated community within the town of Titanyen, it opens its doors to the people within the surrounding community during worship hours (specifically Sunday morning and weekly evenings). Many of the children, in their best worship clothes, run up the hill to the village to join our orphans and delight in the service facilitated by our Haitian Pastor. Following the Sunday worship, the kids are all given a small loaf of bread with butter (or peanut butter) and allowed to play on the playground. As Grace Village continues to expand and grow, it will continue to serve the community of Titanyen in many more beautiful ways beyond worship and play.
For more about my remaining two weeks in Haiti check out my nutrition blog: http://for-i-was-hungry.blogspot.com/2012/07/taking-my-knowledge-to-new-extremes_23.html