Mar 1, 2016

What a year this will be!

Planning Committee
Planning Committee

Hello and Happy 2016! We are filled with hope and excitement for all of the continued big steps toward a self-sufficient future that the year ahead will bring to the hard-working children and youth in Haiti.

Actively learning teamwork, creative leadership and gaining self-confidence is embraced by the group of Little Footprints Big Steps youth working together planning all of the details to host an annual celebration for the Association of Parents with Handicapped Children. Putting on skits, writing and performing songs, planning food and logistics require tremendous skills and critical thinking. Photos of the planning group and of one of young women speaking at the event are attached.

Two of our senior youth have been actively involved in teaching others in our "Community Trainings for Prevention of Sexual Assault and Violence". Incredible to think that these teenagers were once in abusive situations themselves, and are now working alongside local authorities to educate other youth about their rights! A photo of one of those awareness sessions is attached.

Along with making great progress academically at school, Ysaac continues to apprentice with a local motorcycle repair company on Saturdays. One of our young ladies, Erline, is enrolled fulltime studies to become a professional seamstress. With all school students needing uniforms each year, seamstresses are in great demand!

The students enrolled in the Ocean Link Maritime Institute training program, which will lead to full time employment in the cruise ship and hospitality industry, have been doing regular apprenticeship training at local hotels and are also having classes in English language by a new professor we have hired to assist in this key area of learning for their future employment opportunities.

This year is going to be incredible.

Little Footprints Big Steps' co-founder and Head of Haiti Operations is currently in Canada as she is about to be honored with the Meritorious Service Cross Medal in recognition for the amazing accomplishments in Haiti and the evolving partnerships, program models and inspiration broadening daily. While in Canada, Morgan Wienberg has been speaking to numerous school and service groups and at a gala fundraising event in her home town of Whitehorse, Yukon. Photos of that event, and the wonderful table top heart decorations made by local elementary school students are attached. Before returning to Haiti, Morgan will be traveling to India where she will be presenting and sharing Little Footprints work at an International Conference in New Delhi.

Thank you for helping make it possible for these youth the opportunity to have a real future, with real skills and real options. 

Kerline speaking at celebration
Kerline speaking at celebration
Sam teaching an abuse prevention awareness session
Sam teaching an abuse prevention awareness session
"Share the Love" event table toppers <3
"Share the Love" event table toppers <3
Gala "Share the Love" event in Whitehorse, Yukon
Gala "Share the Love" event in Whitehorse, Yukon

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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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