Oct 11, 2016

Quick Hurricane Matthew Update

Homes and communities destroyed
Homes and communities destroyed
We knew you would want some information as soon as possible about Little Footprints Big Steps as the much of our work, children and families are located directly in the eye of the horrendous Category 4 Hurricane Matthew. 
We are so proud of our amazing team. They worked tirelessly before, during and now, in the aftermath, Hurricane Matthew. The special training they received over the past months; the critical relationships they forged with Haitian Social Services and other non-government organizations; the tremendous devotion they have; and the tremendous support that you have shown us, are enabling Little Footprints Big Steps to play a pivotal and immediate role. 
Here are some brief updates.....
Yesterday Morgan and two of our staff made it into Jeremie to bring supplies for our children and families there. Road was wiped out, but there is hope they can get through with food, water, supplies of any kind. Community almost wiped out. 
Her message: ALREADY SAW 2 KIDS, THEIR HOUSES BETTER THAN EXPECTED BUT NO TREES IN GRANDE ANSE, I DONT KNOW HOW PEOPLE WILL SURVIVE. THEY ARE THIRSTY...
The main road from the rest of Haiti, to bring desperately needed supplies and assistance, is slowly becoming usable for large trucks. Through donor support, our staff and partners based in Port au Prince have purchased supplies that Morgan has requested. That truck arrived safely to Morgan in Les Cayes late Saturday night! Here is Morgan's message on receiving those supplies: "I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GOT EXACTLY WHAT WE ASKED FOR. I FEEL LESS HELPLESS AND OVERWHELMINGLY GRATEFUL. THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING THROUGH. WE CAN DO THIS."
We are now compiling desperately needed  medical supplies. We are working with a Dr. and two nurses that will travel to Les Cayes with those supplies tomorrow morning. Medical aide and supplies is in urgent needs as many more are dying daily. 
Message from Morgan: ANOTHER BOY I THOUGHT WAS DEAD, ERBY, SHOWED UP AT SAFEHOUSE BUT IS TRAUMATIZED AND CUT BY NAILS AND METAL. ONLY ONE HOUSE AND PART OF A SCHOOL EXIST IN HIS AREA NOW. HE SAW KIDS DIE AND MANY ARE DYING OF CHOLERA. HE WALKED THROUGH A RIVER TO GET HERE ALTHOUGH NAILS PUNCTURED HIS FEET.
Along with the media links above showing photos of Les Cayes and Jeremie areas, I have attached photos from our main area of operations directly following the hurricane and of the first truck we were thrilled to be able to stock with supplies in Port au Prince, with the tremendous assistance and cooridation of friends and staff based in that unaffected city....and get through the trecherous roadways to Morgan and our team in the south. 
Thank you Thank you Thank you
Extreme flooding and mudslides
Extreme flooding and mudslides
Loading first supply truck
Loading first supply truck
Almost full, then on our way south to Les Cayes
Almost full, then on our way south to Les Cayes

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Aug 18, 2016

And... WHAT a summer it was!

Our caring and dedicated staff
Our caring and dedicated staff

LOOK what you have made possible! We are excited to share a ‘snap shot’ of the wonderful activities and progress that these past couple of months have brought.

 Even as we begin the flurry for another exciting school year, it is astonishing to realize that we are just about to finish our 5th year of operation since the founding of Little Footprints Big Steps! The steps that have been taken toward true and lasting change for individuals, families and communities have been immense.

Through the relentless, determined efforts of Little Footprints leadership and Haitian staff (photo), as well as strong partnerships and collaborations they have forged with local and international organizations, we have led and participated in initiatives with widespread impacts. From educating communities on the rights of children and women; influencing the practice of institutionalization to be replaced with family reunification; building local capacity and expertise; to supporting and encouraging hundreds of children and youth to thrive in schools and skill based training. This is also part the legacy being realized from your support.

This summer, our Outreach work with the families that we have reunited children, located in 22 communities in Haiti, included us accompanying Mika, one of the girls rescued and reunited with her family to Port au Prince where she was interviewed by LUMOS Organization for a video they are making promoting family reunification. A photo is attached of this bright and articulate girl who, just a few years ago, was in an abusive orphanage with no options for the future. We rescued her and reunited her with her mother four years ago. She now is dedicated to her studies and hopes to become a doctor one day. 

Back in Les Cayes, a number of the youth that have experienced severe trauma undertook art therapy with an experienced volunteer. The Transitional Safehouse was transformed into a busy art studio(photo)! One of the results included a beautiful mural, where the group painted the beautiful background, then added a personal piece. A lasting reminder of the creativity and possibility within them all – and foremost in their minds was including ‘Ti Pye Gwo Pa’, Creole for ‘Little Feet Big Steps’ speaking to the significant impact on their lives (photo). Others were busy translating the art therapy manuals from English to Creole. An Environmental Awareness workshop ended up with the participants singing as they cleaned up the local beach and surrounding area.Yoga classes also are part of the holistic programming for Trauma Recovery. Other children were also immersed in Summer School activities – including Music School (photos)! There were numerous field trips to learn about their country, continued English tutoring, apprenticeships and sessions with the Agronomist building on agricultural skill and knowledge from last summer’s Our Garden Haiti training. It was also a time where children stayed at the Transitional Safehouses healing while they underwent various medical procedures, tests, surgeries.

Another key training and capacity building highlight that occurred this summer was a First Aid/CPR and Train-the-Trainer workshop.  It was attended by over 50 enthused participants, including a number of staff and youth from LFBS (photo). These skills not only build the ability and confidence of our staff and youth, but also will enable them to pass along this new critical knowledge to their families and communities.

 AND, now a new cycle of learning and growth will begin with registration, school supplies, uniforms, shoes, transportation arrangements all underway – for over 250 children. A generation that will have an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families…and lead the way out of the cycle of poverty and dependence. Thanks to YOU!

This newsletter has just a couple of the many stories from this summer’s endeavours, please visit our Blog for more stories and photo, https://www.littlefootprintsbigsteps.com/update-august-2016-summer/ ,and follow us on Facebook.

With much gratitude from all whose lives you touch so deeply.

Children and families of LFBS, Staff, Board of Directors

Mika, confident and articulate in an interview
Mika, confident and articulate in an interview
Art Therapy workshop at Transitional Safehouse
Art Therapy workshop at Transitional Safehouse
Finished 'Ti Pye Gwo Pa' mural!
Finished 'Ti Pye Gwo Pa' mural!
Summer Music Camp!
Summer Music Camp!
First Aid/CPR learning to be shared
First Aid/CPR learning to be shared

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Aug 18, 2016

And... WHAT a summer it was!

Our caring and dedicated staff
Our caring and dedicated staff

LOOK what you have made possible! We are excited to share a ‘snap shot’ of the wonderful activities and progress that these past couple of months have brought. 

As we look to the busy fall season, it is astonishing to realize that we are just about to finish our 5th year of operation since the founding of Little Footprints Big Steps! The steps that have been taken toward true and lasting change for individuals, families and communities have been immense.

Through the relentless, determined efforts of Little Footprints leadership and Haitian staff (photo), as well as strong partnerships and collaborations they have forged with local and international organizations, we have led and participated in initiatives with widespread impacts. From educating communities on the rights of children and women; influencing the practice of institutionalization to be replaced with family reunification; building local capacity and expertise; to supporting and encouraging hundreds of children and youth to thrive in schools and skill based training. This is also part the legacy being realized from your support.

Our Outreach work with the families that we have reunited children, located in 22 communities in Haiti, includes: enabling self-sufficiency through small businesses (photo attached of Maxson family and proudly showing their roadside motorcycle and bicycle maintenance supply shop); Mika, one of the girls rescued and reunited with her family, was interviewed by LUMOS organization for a video promoting family reunification; providing the opportunity for home repairs and rebuilding (photo shows Patrico family home under construction).

Back in Les Cayes, a number of the youth that have experienced severe trauma undertook art therapy and environmental awareness workshops with an experienced volunteer. Along with summer vocational training opportunities, there were also music camps and numerous field trips to learn about their country, continued English tutoring, apprenticeships and sessions with the Agronomist building on agricultural skill and knowledge from last summer’s Our Garden Haiti training. 

Working on the root of issues is key in the collaborative partnerships LFBS has forged. Members of Haitian protective services authorities and LFBS staff meet regularly with youth-at-risk for discussions, training and assistance (photo). Another key training and capacity building highlight that occurred this summer was a First Aid/CPR and Train-the-Trainer workshop.  It was attended by over 50 enthused participants, including a number of staff and youth from LFBS (photo). These skills not only build the ability and confidence of our staff and youth, but also will enable them to pass along this new critical knowledge to their families and communities.

A generation that will have an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families…and lead the way out of the cycle of poverty and dependence. Thanks to YOU!

This newsletter has just a couple of the many stories from this summer’s endeavours, please visit our Blog for more stories and photos, https://www.littlefootprintsbigsteps.com/update-august-2016-summer/ ,and follow us on Facebook.

With much gratitude from all whose lives you touch so deeply.

Children and families of LFBS, Staff, Board of Directors

Family Maxson business
Family Maxson business
Patrico family  home under construction
Patrico family home under construction
Art Therapy workshop at Transitional Safehouse
Art Therapy workshop at Transitional Safehouse
Staff and police meeting with youth-at-risk
Staff and police meeting with youth-at-risk
First Aid/CPR 'Train-the-Trainer'
First Aid/CPR 'Train-the-Trainer'

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