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Sep 5, 2014

Back-to-School Days are Here!

Ysaac writing his name on his school books
Ysaac writing his name on his school books

School days are on their way – and what a busy time! With your care, interest and generosity, children of all ages and stages of growth will begin a journey of possibility.

And of course, the preparation for the fall term brings a flurry of excitement and activity for Little Footprints Big Steps. All schools require uniforms, so school uniforms must be sewn. There are no stores to go to that stock sizes and school colors! And don’t forget the socks and shoes – clean and finding the right size would be great too. Backpacks for each child to carry their precious supplies. Once the supplies are purchased, then they must be set aside to match the needs of each child, and then distributed across Haiti– from Les Cayes, to Jeremie to Cabaret – Little Footprints Big Steps children that have been reunited with their families live far and wide.

 Little Footprints Outreach staff are busy ensuring tuition is paid for the 153 children that will have the opportunity for schooling this fall. For some a bicycle will allow them to make the long daily journey from their home to the schoolhouse. For others Little Footprints will be able to arrange transportation in groups.

 The Little Footprints Safehouse staff prepare to be able to supply a meal for each child in nearby schools. Tutor schedules are established to ensure all children are able to catch up where they may not have had schooling opportunities before and to build their sense of worth and self-esteem.  I have attached photos of the children preparing – Ysaac writing his name in his school books, Gawencha’s report card, Ysaac’s geography homework and Job’s art work. You have helped make this happen.

 Please continue to share this site and our website and information. We still have children hoping that this year they will be able to go to school. Children in need of a tutor’s help so that they can catch up and understand. Children in need of a uniform and socks and shoes so that they will be allowed into the classroom. Children that need school books, workbooks and pens.

 You are changing lives daily and setting a foundation for a future of self-sufficiency and possibility. Thank you so much!

Gawencha's final report from last year's schooling
Gawencha's final report from last year's schooling

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You made it happen!

Thank you so very very much. Your action and generosity during the June Challenge has ensured us a permanent place on Global Giving Org. and we will be able to provide US Tax receipts through this site, as well as the Canadian tax receipts through Little Footprints Big Steps's website (www.littlefootprintsbigsteps.com). 

During the month of June Challenge we aimed toward a target of $5000.00 to be able to support the basic school costs of 50 children. We actually have 131 children - many that we have rescued over the past two and a half years - others who are their siblings, as we find their families and reunite them. We will continue with this education project, with our new target of $10,000.00 to ensure that we have sufficient funds to support the critical, basic schooling costs for all of the children. 

I will provide regular reports and updates with report card progress of the children, insights of those working with the children, new photos. When school started last fall, many of the children we support had never attended school before. Where some of the schools were reticent to accept the former slaves and street children, some feedback we received from a school principal included: “he is the best of all students...he always listens when we speak about morals, and his uniform is always clean, and he tries very hard." Many of these first time learners finished their first school year at the top of their class.

The pride and achievement of realized in the chance to learn, have a meal, a uniform changes a child and a family. The opportunity to have an education, can change the future. 

Thank you so much for your support, and please continue to share the site and information. 

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