Apr 8, 2015

BIG STEPS thanks to YOU!

Patrico reunited with his family and in school!
Patrico reunited with his family and in school!

In the last report I told you of the amazing, first ever, Street Child Consultation event that we organized and co-hosted with Haiti Social Services in December. I am excited to now let you know that we have 27 new children in school – including those children that we met at that moving event! These brave former street children have been reunited with their families, have school uniforms, supplies and are able to attend school – and have hope for a real future – because of you!

Many have never been to school, so being able to provide tutors is key to them being able to catch up, develop self-esteem, and succeed. Being united with their families and having the opportunity to learn and grow is a wonderful statement and model for many. 

A special pilot project is also underway – an integrated mentorship/leadership program – with some of our longterm youth leading the new youth, under the mentorship of instructors, exploring sports and arts – and health and well-being! 

I am happy to share a wonderful example of progression with you. One of our young women is attending TWO schools right now, re-working her final year of high school in a special weekend class AND attending professional schooling to become a teacher! Today’s students really are tomorrow’s teachers and leaders. Thank you for giving that chance!

Here is a link to a newly released 'cut' from the upcoming full length documentary "Morgan's Kids", following the young woman that founded and leads Little Footprints Big Steps. www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9fdPx1srGI

Thank you so very very much for the strength and opportunity your support is providing.

You are part of creating a new reality each day.

Rodnel proud in his uniform and ready for school
Rodnel proud in his uniform and ready for school
Leader/Mentor Program pilot underway
Leader/Mentor Program pilot underway
Art workshop - learning and accomplishment
Art workshop - learning and accomplishment
Vedette will become a teacher. Thank you!
Vedette will become a teacher. Thank you!

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Jan 29, 2015

Hello and Happy New Year!

Classroom training with Marine Institute Training
Classroom training with Marine Institute Training

Although we are just a few weeks into 2015, it promises to be a very full and exciting year for the work of Little Footprints Big Steps! Part of those BIG STEPS include ensuring that a self-sufficient future is possible through life skills and vocational skills training.

 A new training program and career opportunity for our youth is underway in collaboration with the Oceanlink Marine Training Institute as they opened their first classes in Les Cayes. The training program includes:

1) a)English and Spanish language

    b) International culture training

2) Cruise Hospitality (1 year program with international training and certificates)

a) Housekeeping and Laundry

b) Food Preparation and Provision Store

c) Food and Beverage Service

The students will do practicums in the tourism industry in Les Cayes and upon successful completion will be offered employment with a cruise ship line! We have initially enrolled 4 students to begin this training in tandem with their continued high school work and tutoring. This is another clear example of LFBS’ objective of moving our children and families toward self-sufficiency as well as a further opportunity for LFBS to support and collaborate with local organization. 

 We also have seen five of our youth and one staff complete a solar panel building workshop with Green Energy for Developing Countries Inc.. While in Leogane for the training, they not only gained the skills on how to build the panels, but gained insight into sustainable energy and work as a team.

 Your donation also helps support life skills training at the Transitional Safehouse. Our wonderful cook and tutor, Madame Belle excels in providing hands on teaching and learning opportunities!

 The fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010 resulted in worldwide media focus on Little Footprints Big Steps work and the organization’s young determined founder, Morgan Wienberg.

TakePart World online newsmagazine:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_q2P8_CK9fKV185MXlUUnJhR3c/view

 Online travel magazine: 

 CBC World News article:

  We are also pleased to provide the statistics for donation distribution: Programs/Services: 89.8%, Administrative: 8.9%, Fundraising: 1.3%

Thank you so much for being a part of this work. Every step we take, you are with us! 

 

Final product at Solar Panel Building training
Final product at Solar Panel Building training
Learning Yummy Life Skills!
Learning Yummy Life Skills!

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Jan 20, 2015

Hello and Happy New Year!

Meet Franckie. He is ready for a new life!
Meet Franckie. He is ready for a new life!

Although we are just a few weeks into 2015, it promises to be a very full and exciting year for the work of Little Footprints Big Steps.

The amazing first ever Street Child Consultation event, organized by LFBS and co-hosted with Haiti Social Services, was a huge success. For photos and complete summary, please see the new Blog: "Street Children Have Voices Too" http://www.littlefootprintsbigsteps.com/blog/

 

The result has been 18 former street youth reunited with their families and registered for school – some for the FIRST time ever! Your support for the tuition, supplies and tutoring is SO important in ensuring their success in this exciting, but frightening new life. I have attached photos of some of these terrific and brave people.

The fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010 resulted in worldwide media focus on Little Footprints Big Steps work and the organization’s young determined founder, Morgan Wienberg.

CBC World News article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/haiti-quake-s-effects-still-felt-by-canadians-on-anniversary-of-disaster-1.2893435

 TakePart World online newsmagazine: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/01/12/meet-morgan-wienberg-little-foot-big-step

 Online travel magazine by recent LFBS volunteer: http://travelmeans.ca/2015/01/08/haiti-2/

 CBC National News TV interview: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_q2P8_CK9fKV185MXlUUnJhR3c/view

 We are also pleased to provide the statistics for donation distribution:

 Programs/Services: 89.8%, Administrative: 8.9%, Fundraising: 1.3%

 

Thank you so much for being such a huge part of this work. Every step we take, you are with us!

 

 

Hello Hoolio!
Hello Hoolio!
Kenndy has a new life ahead. Because of you.
Kenndy has a new life ahead. Because of you.

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