Dec 4, 2015

L:EARNING: GAINING KNOWLEDGE, COMPETENCE and CONFIDENCE!

School supplies for children in Jeremie
School supplies for children in Jeremie

An exciting fall term will soon be moving into a New Year. These months continue to bring the change, the growth and the path to a new future that your support makes possible. The schooling is not only resulting in the children and youth gaining knowledge and new found competence, but remarkable increases in self-esteem and confidence, positive behaviours and attitudes.

Just before the fall term began, our Outreach Workers were busy distributing school supplies, uniforms, shoes, and all the other necessities in the 21 communities that our children’s families live in (photo attached). Because of YOU, 247 children and youth were able to be registered and are attending school right now. Because YOU are a part of our team, your generosity and care is in action each day.

This school year we have made schooling changes in Les Cayes area and have a number of our children attend a larger school providing more behavioural structure and academic challenge. For the first time, we also have children enrolled in an ACEs school program. This school’s core curriculum offers modular learning so children progress at their own pace. It is based on English immersion, problem solving, character and social values, goal setting, etc. (photos attached)

Thanks to you, children also have the added support of tutoring and summer classes  resulting in exciting test marks and great report cards (photo attached) … building on the confidence and further dedication to their school work!

 Along with having an All Staff Meeting, including our Outreach Workers that work with our families north of Les Cayes, we celebrated the 4th Anniversary of Little Footprints Big Steps and recognized the huge steps that had taken place since November 2011 when two young women felt compelled to co-found this organization and activate a whole new approach of working with Haiti’s vulnerable (photo attached). Dignity. Self-sufficiency. Empowerment. Attached is a photo of the staff that are dedicated to continuing that work, and the co-founder/Head of Haitian Operations, Morgan Wienberg.

News of recognition of that work recently came from the office of the Governor General of Canada. Morgan will be awarded the Meritorious Service Cross Medal. This medal recognizes “outstanding accomplishment and uncommonly high standards that sets an example for others to follow”. What a strong commendation for the work that has been accomplished on the ground and the inspiration for those near and far.

And thanks to each of YOU for believing that the past does not have to mirror the present and future for the determined children and youth that Little Footprints Big Steps works with.

Ready to head to the ACE School
Ready to head to the ACE School
Building confidence speaking in front of the class
Building confidence speaking in front of the class
A great report card :-)
A great report card :-)
LFBS staff and Co-founder/Head of Haiti Operations
LFBS staff and Co-founder/Head of Haiti Operations

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Dec 3, 2015

Gaining Confidence, Skills and Recognition...Together!

Now these garden tools will make a difference!
Now these garden tools will make a difference!

An exciting fall term will soon be moving into a New Year. These months continue to bring the change, the growth and the path to a new future that your support makes possible.

To ensure that the participants in the Our Garden Haiti training program are able to use their new skills at their own homes, we were able to purchase a variety of garden tools to make that possible. You have helped create a healthy food source and potential income…and a lifetime of knowledge! (Photos attached)

So very exciting to see one of the youth in the intensive Ocean Marine Institute training program using his new found confidence and practicing his presentation skills to teach school students about violence and abuse prevention! THIS is how real change happens. Haitian youth gaining the confidence and skill to teach and inspiring Haitian youth. (photos attached)

This special “Community Outreach Abuse Prevention'' training was launched at the beginning of October. This historic initiative is led by LFBS and done in collaboration with the local Haitian departments of: Social Services, Child Protection Ministry for Women's Rights), UN Policing, and the local area head Judge. Just imagine how this LFBS youth, Eluckson, must feel being able to be a part of this team delivering such life and culture-changing messages!

Along with having an All Staff Meeting, including our Outreach Workers that work with our families north of Les Cayes, we celebrated the 4th Anniversary of Little Footprints Big Steps and recognized the huge steps that had taken place since November 2011 when two young women felt compelled to co-found this organization and activate a whole new approach of working with Haiti’s vulnerable. Dignity. Self-sufficiency. Empowerment. Attached is a photo of the staff that are dedicated to continuing that work, and the co-founder/Head of Haitian Operations, Morgan Wienberg.

News of recognition of that work recently came from the office of the Governor General of Canada. Morgan will be awarded the Meritorious Service Cross Medal. This medal recognizes “outstanding accomplishment and uncommonly high standards that sets an example for others to follow”. What a strong commendation for the work that has been accomplished on the ground and the inspiration for those near and far.

And thanks to each of YOU for believing that the past does not have to mirror the present and future for the determined youth that Little Footprints Big Steps works with. Please share with your friends. This support is the kind of gift that will always be well used :-) 

Wheelbarrows make a family vege garden possible!
Wheelbarrows make a family vege garden possible!
New found confidence leading Prevention Training
New found confidence leading Prevention Training
Leadership growing in front of our eyes
Leadership growing in front of our eyes
LFBS staff and Head of Haiti Operations, Morgan
LFBS staff and Head of Haiti Operations, Morgan

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Sep 16, 2015

The Future starts NOW!

Practicing gardening skills
Practicing gardening skills

Day by day, the change you are creating is taking hold !

These summer months have seen continued BIG steps. Following our amazing collaboration with the Clinton Foundation initiative Our Garden Haiti training program that I told you about in the July report, the students did some practicing at the main Transitional Safehouse garden with the local Agronomist/instructor looking on. (photo attached)

Along with learning about gardening, the program included classes in financial management, English lessons, leadership and team work. (photos attached). To support their success as we return them to their rural homes, we will be raising funds to provide some garden tools and to have the agronomist do regular follow up visits to ensure that they are able to apply all they have learned, creating lush vegetable gardens for themselves and their villages.

Less than 4 years ago, Ysaac was living on the streets. Abandoned, abused, homeless. Today he is a bright healthy school student, eagerly completing his school work. Today he attends church and youth field trips to learn about his country. Today he is a youth leader and ‘handyman’ at our Transitional Safehouse that he calls home. Today he has just completed attending a summer long motorcycle mechanic apprentice training – 6 days per week, 6 hours per day. He has such enthusiasm and acumen for that work, he will continue it in the afternoons after school through the year. Today he will see what the future CAN be. Motorcycles are the primary mode of transportation in Haiti. And are always in need of repair – an essential and sound area of work to pursue! (photos attached)

Some of the Little Footprints Big Steps youth prepared the foundations and worked alongside a volunteer group with One Small House Org, a regular collaborator with Little Footprints, to assist building two new homes for Little Footprints families…and learned many new skills. (photo)

Confidence, leadership, dependability, teamwork…these are characteristics built to last a lifetime. Being a positive part of the community does that.  Being able to give back does that. These boys in our Transitional Safehouse - formerly in the streets -  recently volunteered their time to help clean up their city! (photo attached)

We don’t know everything that the weeks ahead will bring, but, because of YOU we know that lives will change. New skills will be learned. New confidence will develop. Their journeys toward being self-reliant, toward providing for themselves, toward independence will make many steps forward. They will learn that they CAN.

Thank you from all of us at Little Footprints Big Steps.

Class time with Our Garden Haiti project
Class time with Our Garden Haiti project
Learning leadership and teamwork by doing
Learning leadership and teamwork by doing
Apprenticing at a motorcycle repair shop
Apprenticing at a motorcycle repair shop
An enthused student and experienced teacher!
An enthused student and experienced teacher!
Helping clean up their city
Helping clean up their city

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