Sep 10, 2015

New Beginnings, Ongoing Results!

Practicing gardening skills
Practicing gardening skills

What continuing, lasting impacts your support and care are nurturing!

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 providing some garden tools and have the agronomist do regular follow up visits to ensure that they are able to apply all they have learned, creating lush vegetable gardens in their villages.

The busiest time is upon us as we rush to get over 240 children and youth, in various communities throughout Haiti, ready for the coming school year.  In Haiti, ALL SCHOOL IS PRIVATIZED. So that means 240 children’s tuition must be paid, uniforms made and school supplies purchased and distributed! We do this in person to ensure that there is a regular communication and accountability between the schools, the families and Little Footprints Big Steps. We receive report cards, review homework, discuss progress and problems with the teachers and tutors regularly and many of the children are transported to and from school by our Outreach staff. (photos – getting school books ready)  

During recent outreach visits, Morgan and the Outreach staff brought some of the children into Les Cayes from the rural communities to stay at the Girl's Safehouse or Transitional Safehouse for this school year so that they can attend additional schooling and have some needed medical attention. (photo of Tafayou and Morgan attached) 

Confidence, leadership, dependability…these are characteristics built to last a lifetime. Being a positive part of the community 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. Children and youth will learn how to write and read and count. They will learn about their country and the world around them. They will learn that tomorrow CAN be different than yesterday. They will learn that THEY matter. 

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
Getting school books ready!
Getting school books ready!
A new arrival at the Safehouse for the schoolyear
A new arrival at the Safehouse for the schoolyear

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Jul 7, 2015

YOU are the Catalyst!

Sports Mentorship Pilot Program 'graduation'
Sports Mentorship Pilot Program 'graduation'

I am excited to share another update with you so that you can see what tremendous change and opportunity you have mobilized in your partnership with Little Footprints Big Steps!

In our April report, I let you know of a Leader/Mentor program pilot that we just had underway. I am excited to share the ‘graduation’ photo with you! These 27 boys spent 3 months meeting together twice per week, to do physical training, relaxation therapy, arts & trades training, tutoring, and more! 14 of the boys have been with us for over a year, and the other 13 are newly rescued and reunited with their families! Yet the most beautiful progress has been seeing the growth and companionship integrated into the children's interactions with each other. Pilot program was done in partnership with the Sport Ministerium of Austria & Hilfswerk Austria! This photo (1) is of the group ‘graduation’ from this pilot.

The school year has just ended and, through your partnership, we had over 230 children and youth successfully complete their studies! It is truly astonishing to think of so many of these children that had never had the opportunity before – and can now know the joy and pride of completing a full year of school! THIS is what you have made possible! Several have progressed to the point of being able to continue learning this summer through vocational training opportunities, a summer school English program or stimulating Summer Camps! Photo (2) is a heart made by one of your boys from a coconut shell during an art workshop <3

Yet another new and amazing collaboration! This one with a Clinton Foundation initiative toward self-sufficiency and food security. The Our Garden Haiti program leaders will be providing a summer training program in agriculture and financial management to 25 of our children/families. It will have experiential based field learning. An agronomist will work with ground staff and the children, and accompany them during field visits to other gardens in the area. Agricultural experts on soil preservation and resilient gardening techniques will give the children hands on training. The list of programs that will follow this project included: The Good Hygiene & Nutrition: Better Life Program, Entrepreneurial literacy for families, and Ti Jaden A Nou (Our Little Garden) a small scale community garden initiative at selected schools in the area. These photos (3 and 4) are of a planning meeting with the children and parents with the Agronomist and Program Coordinator at our Transitional Safehouse.

Lasting empowerment comes from the inside. We don't just want the children we work with to grow physically. We don't just want them to graduate from school. We want them to grow as considerate, caring leaders who have the vision and motivation to help others. To plant the seeds of this growth in our youth, we've started a volunteer program: LFBS youth are working with handicapped children in La Charite orphanage each Tuesday! Proudly putting on their “LFBS Agents of Change” badges, these young men - formerly living on the streets or in corrupt orphanages - are now playing with handicapped children, feeding them, and gently washing their faces after meals. YOU are part of this happening! Photo (5) shows four of our youth leaders in action. 

Also in last month’s report, we shared that Vedette was attending her first year of Teaching College. She will be able to practice this summer, with a job…as a tutor for some of the other LFBS children that she had been in the corrupt orphanage with! This is a concrete example that the path is leading to self-sufficiency! Included in the photo (6) with Vedette is LFBS co-founder and head of Haiti operations, Morgan Wienberg, as well as Eluckson. Eluckson has just finished his final year of high school and is moving to Les Cayes and will enter into an intensive English program for the next 6 months. 

We hope you feel the pride and joy in the continued progress as much as we do - you have played a big part in all of this continuing! Please share with friends and family. PLEASE note donations made on JULY 15 will be matched by Global Giving! 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at karen@littlefootprintsbigsteps.com

Thank you from all of us at LFBS

Karen Wienberg

Donald Amazon's coconut heart <3
Donald Amazon's coconut heart <3
Our Garden Haiti meeting with children and parents
Our Garden Haiti meeting with children and parents
Learning about OGH from agronomist & project lead
Learning about OGH from agronomist & project lead
LFBS Agents of Change!
LFBS Agents of Change!
Morgan with Eluckson and Vedette
Morgan with Eluckson and Vedette
Jul 6, 2015

YOU are the Catalyst!

Sports Mentorship Pilot Program 'Graduation'
Sports Mentorship Pilot Program 'Graduation'

I am excited to share another update with you so that you can see what tremendous change and opportunity you have mobilized in your partnership with Little Footprints Big Steps!

In our April report, I let you know of a Leader/Mentor program pilot that we just had underway. I am excited to share the ‘graduation’ photo with you! These 27 boys spent 3 months meeting together twice per week, to do physical training, relaxation therapy, arts & trades training, tutoring, and more! 14 of the boys have been with us for over a year, and the other 13 are newly rescued and reunited with their families! Yet the most beautiful progress has been seeing the growth and companionship integrated into the children's interactions with each other. Pilot program was done in partnership with the Sport Ministerium of Austria & Hilfswerk Austria! This photo (1) is of the group ‘graduation’ from this pilot.

The school year has just ended and we had over 230 children and youth successfully complete their studies! Several have progressed to the point of being able to attend vocational training this summer or a summer school English program or some of the other collaborative programming we be involved with over the next few months. Look for activity photos in the next report!

Yet another new and amazing collaboration! This one with a Clinton Foundation initiative toward self-sufficiency and food security.  The Our Garden Haiti program leaders will be providing a summer training program in agriculture and financial management to 25 of our children/families. It will have experiential based field learning. An agronomist will work with ground staff and the children, and accompany them during field visits to other gardens in the area. Agricultural experts on soil preservation and resilient gardening techniques will give the children hands on training. The list of programs that will follow this project included: The Good Hygiene & Nutrition: Better Life Program, Entrepreneurial literacy for families, and Ti Jaden A Nou (Our Little Garden) a small scale community garden initiative at selected schools in the area. These photos (2 and 3)are of a planning meeting with the children and parents with the Agronomist and Program Coordinator at our Transitional Safehouse.

With the school year over, summer vocational training opportunities are underway, including mobilizing some of our youth to assist with building two new homes! They will work alongside Haitian construction workers and the volunteer building crew from One Small House Organization – another of our great partners, gaining new skills and confidence. these photos (4 and 5)show this wonderful learning collaboration. 

We don't just want the children we work with to grow physically. We don't just want them to graduate from school. We want them to grow as considerate, caring leaders who have the vision and motivation to help others. To plant the seeds of this growth in our youth, we've started a volunteer program: LFBS youth are working with handicapped children in La Charite orphanage each Tuesday! Proudly putting on their “LFBS Agents of Change” badges, these young men - formerly living on the streets or in corrupt orphanages - are now playing with handicapped children, feeding them, and gently washing their faces after meals. YOU are part of this happening! The photo (6) shows four of our youth leaders in action.

Also in last month’s report, we shared that Vedette was attending her first year of Teaching College. She will be able to practice this summer, with a job…as a tutor for some of the other LFBS children that she had been in the corrupt orphanage with! This is a concrete example that the path is leading to self-sufficiency! Included in the photo (7) with Vedette is LFBS co-founder and head of Haiti operations Morgan Wienberg as well as Eluckson. Eluckson has just finished his final year of high school and is moving to Les Cayes to be in the safe house and enter into an intensive English program for the next 6 months. If he is strong enough in English after that, he will qualify for International Training and potentially get a contract to work on a cruise ship or other employment opportunities!

We hope you feel the pride and joy in the continued progress as much as we do - you have played a big part in all of this continuing! Please share with friends and family.

Thank you from all of us at LFBS

 Karen Wienberg

     

Our Garden Haiti meeting with parents and children
Our Garden Haiti meeting with parents and children
Parents and children hearing about OGH program
Parents and children hearing about OGH program
Learning by doing, helping with housebuilding
Learning by doing, helping with housebuilding
Collaborating with One Small House Org.
Collaborating with One Small House Org.
Morgan with Eluckson and Vedette
Morgan with Eluckson and Vedette
 
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