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Jul 26, 2019

Power of Partnerships and Collaboration!

Vocational Graduation Congratulations!
Vocational Graduation Congratulations!

Since the time that Little Footprints, Big Steps rescued this young woman from the corrupt orphanage she had been in since she was a child, and reunited her with her family, she has continuously shown how brave, bright and determined she is. She worked hard to successfully catch up on the basic education she had been denied. And then diligently pursued the opportunity of specialized training.  She has just graduated from Cosmetology School.

Monthly, our Youth Leader Group recognizes the amazing work and attitude of a youth as they make strides on their path forward to becoming leaders and role models in their communities! Our Youth Leader Group meets regularly for guided discussions on values and attitudes; workshops on health and life skills and various volunteering options to learn empathy and confidence. Thank you for making these Big Steps a possibility!

There are currently 174 individuals involved with our Business Start-Up Program, many of them single mother heads of household. This empowering program helps keep families together and provides the foundation for a healthy, self-sufficient future. Through our collaboration with Haven Organization, they provide the Business Start-Up training in the LFBS office/training location. A new partnership with Trees That Feed – will allow families in rural areas to receive mango, coconut, avocado, breadfruit and apricot trees, adding to their ability to both consume, and market, healthy food supplies for their families and communities. We have been able to expand this program to include youth and parents in the remote and rural regions of Haiti's south. Amazing.Through collaborations we can have an even greater impact!

As part of International Day of the Child activities each year, we host an annual Street Child Consultation. The Haiti Police Child Protection Brigade, Haiti Social Services (IBESR), Terre des Hommes, and other partners all join together to help LFBS facilitate this unique initiative. This year's theme was: "Let's talk! Each of our actions count!" FOUR youth that are in LFBS programs gave inspirational talks. One of those youth, having the confidence and motivation to share, was previously a street child as well - but no one would know it now! The youth attending were extremely engaged and ALL of them were motivated to return home/to school! Despite the civil unrest taking place in early June, we started to follow up with the children from that meeting. One of the young men at the meeting immediately returned to live with his aunt in the countryside and is very motivated to change his own life!

 On the LFBS Land Development project – totally separate from the ongoing core LFBS work - completion of the bridge and construction of the retaining wall at the LFBS work site continues and has provided employment for up to 73 local people, and a learning opportunity for a group of University students studying Civil Engineering who undertook a site visit!

 Creating and nurturing key partnerships and increasing awareness also takes place outside of Haiti. In May, Morgan Wienberg, LFBS co-founder and Head of Haiti Operations was the keynote speaker for the Canadian Association of Principals Conference. Following her hour long address, that connected to the theme of the Conference, Authentic Learning, over 100 principals from schools across Canada were inspired to bring Morgan and LFBS story to their schools, teachers and students when they return to their homes. 

 The Northern Institute of Social Justice hosted an interesting and intimate event at the Yukon College. Families and people of all ages were engrossed with the Question/Answer time with Morgan. Her inspiring and informative talks and discussions during her time in Canada included Rotary Clubs, High Schools, media interviews, FH Collins Social Justice Club and Northern Council for Global Cooperation Annual General Meeting. She also was the Inspirational Speaker at a 2019 Graduation Ceremony, bringing tears and motivation to students and parents alike. These are all opportunities to create awareness of situations and progress, share best practices and insights, and deliver heartfelt gratitude to the people and partners who have continued to be with us through caring, interest and financial contribution since the beginning of our work in Haiti! Collaboration and partnership once again making the difference.

In late May, we received exciting news from the film production company. Although filming and production which has been on-going for the past 5 years, is still underway, they have released the title and official movie trailer: NOT ABOUT ME https://notaboutmefilm.com

Partnerships. Collaborations. People being catalysts for people. Working together. Many examples are demonstrated in this update, many others included in previous reports. Thank you for continuing to build futures and lasting change with us!  Thoughts about how you, your Company, School, Organization, Business could participate? Let’s talk!

Small Business Opportunity
Small Business Opportunity
Motivated and Confident!
Motivated and Confident!
Principal's Association Conference Keynote
Principal's Association Conference Keynote
University Engineering students learning
University Engineering students learning
A strong team makes the difference!
A strong team makes the difference!

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Jul 26, 2019

Power of Partnerships and Collaboration!

Graduation Congratulations!
Graduation Congratulations!

Since the time that Little Footprints, Big Steps rescued this young woman from the corrupt orphanage she had been in since she was a child, and reunited her with her family, she has continuously shown how brave, bright and determined she is. She worked hard to successfully catch up on the basic education she had been denied. And then diligently pursued the opportunity of specialized training.  She has just graduated from Cosmetology School.

A youth that started school just a few years ago after being reunited with his family in rural southwest Haiti, rarely missed the opportunity for the tutoring that you made available. Each year he progressed quickly through the grades he missed by applying himself with enthusiasm to his studies. This school year, he was consistently the top student in his class! Thank you for making these Big Steps a possibility!

Monthly, our Youth Leader Group recognizes the amazing work and attitude of a youth as they make strides on their path forward to becoming leaders and role models in their communities! Our Youth Leader Group meets regularly for guided discussions on values and attitudes; workshops on health and life skills and various volunteering options to learn empathy and confidence.

Educating children and youth about Children’s Rights is a critical part of the Outreach Advocacy work that LFBS staff are involved with. In collaboration with local authorities, our team assisted with the delivery of information sessions at schools in various communities across Southern Haiti ensuring that the children and youth there are aware of what their rights are, and where they can turn for protection and assistance. We are proud to have members of our team that have gone from living in corrupt orphanage to being a LFBS staff member and teaching others about Child Rights!

As part of International Day of the Child activities each year, we host an annual Street Child Consultation. The Haiti Police Child Protection Brigade, Haiti Social Services (IBESR), Terre des Hommes, and other partners all join together to help LFBS facilitate this unique initiative. This year's theme was: "Let's talk! Each of our actions count!" FOUR youth that are in LFBS programs gave inspirational talks. One of those youth, now with the confidence and motivation to share, was previously a street child as well - but no one would know it now! The youth attending were extremely engaged and ALL of them were motivated to return home/to school! Despite the civil unrest taking place in early June, we started to follow up with the children from that meeting. One of the young men at the meeting immediately returned to live with his aunt in the countryside and is very motivated to change his own life!

On the LFBS Land Development project – totally separate from the ongoing core LFBS work - completion of the bridge and construction of the retaining wall at the LFBS work site continues and has provided employment for up to 73 local people, and a learning opportunity for a group of University students studying Civil Engineering who undertook a site visit!

Creating and nurturing key partnerships and increasing awareness also takes place outside of Haiti. In May, Morgan Wienberg, LFBS co-founder and Head of Haiti Operations was the keynote speaker for the Canadian Association of Principals Conference. Following her hour long address, that connected to the theme of the Conference, Authentic Learning, over 100 principals from schools across Canada were inspired to bring Morgan and LFBS story to their schools, teachers and students when they return to their homes. 

The Northern Institute of Social Justice hosted an interesting and intimate event at the Yukon College. Families and people of all ages were engrossed with the Question/Answer time with Morgan. Her inspiring and informative talks and discussions during her time in Canada included Rotary Clubs, High Schools, media interviews, FH Collins Social Justice Club and Northern Council for Global Cooperation Annual General Meeting. She also was the Inspirational Speaker at a 2019 Graduation Ceremony, bringing tears and motivation to students and parents alike. These are all opportunities to create awareness of situations and progress, share best practices and insights, and deliver heartfelt gratitude to the people and partners who have continued to be with us through caring, interest and financial contribution since the beginning of our work in Haiti! Collaboration and partnership once again making the difference.

In late May, we received exciting news from the film production company. Although filming and production which has been on-going for the past 5 years, is still underway, they have released the title and official movie trailer: NOT ABOUT ME https://notaboutmefilm.com

Partnerships. Collaborations. People being catalysts for people. Working together. Many examples are demonstrated in this update, many others included in previous reports. Thank you for continuing to build futures and lasting change with us!  Thoughts about how you, your Company, School, Organization, Business could participate? Let’s talk!

First in Class!
First in Class!
LFBS Staff teaching Child Rights
LFBS Staff teaching Child Rights
Motivating LFBS Youth sharing!
Motivating LFBS Youth sharing!
Association of Principal's Conference Keynote
Association of Principal's Conference Keynote
University Engineering students learning
University Engineering students learning

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May 2, 2019

Determination + Commitment in ACTION!

Families belong together
Families belong together

As school children and youth begin preparing for their exams to finish off this school year, we can see many milestones accomplished. Some students have done so well this year that they will not be required to write the final exams! Some of the children we have recently reunited with their families are undergoing special tutoring so that they will be able to go to school next year - what a new life they have to look forward to. Tutoring will continue through the summer months for many students to ensure they can continue to gain confidence and skills. 

 The medical students we are supporting were excited to share their first term results – all were in the 70% range! So fantastic – and we were able to provide them with laptops to ensure their ability to be successful as they progress toward their medical careers! One of the agronomy students we sponsor has been able to go on field trips to other parts of the country to study and apply his learning in a practical way, another works with us on our family outreach and on our land – their enthusiasm growing along with their skills and knowledge.

Supplies not easily attainable in Haiti, come to us in many ways...including by sailboat! Wonderful supporters throughout the US brought supplies to docks along the eastern coast as sailboat Tandemeer loaded up at ports heading southward to Haiti. Boxes of backpacks for school (thanks to Move to Matter Organization), cases of UBSuperfood nutritional powder (thanks to UBSuper), medical supplies and even bicycles to provide transportation to and from school arrived at the dock! 

Sharing our model for programs and initiatives, and advocating for Children's Rights and concrete changes across the country is part of the critical lasting impacts that LFBS is involved with. Morgan Wienberg, LFBS Co-founder and Head of Haiti Operations was an invited participant in a three day National Workshop on the Reform of the Child Care System. Government officials from all regions of the country, as well as other Child Protection Actors, gathered to learn more about the process of reformation of child care systems. They discussed the goal of deinstitutionalisation (DI) as being so much more than simply closing orphanages: it is the development of family and community based solutions to child protection issues. During the workshop – facilitated by Haitian Social Services (IBESR) and UNICEF – they began brainstorming a long term plan for working towards DI in Haiti. Key information provided included: over 27 000 children currently in institutions; 80/90% of children in orphanages are NOT real orphans and have families; of 754 orphanages evaluated in the country, only 30 have been approved and have minimum standards of care; even those orphanages which have been approved, IBESR would like to have transformed into transitional centres and/or foster homes. IBESR requests that no more than 30% of funding goes to institutions, while at least 70% of funds is invested in community or family solutions. Morgan has also been invited to provide input to the "Report of the UN Secretary General on the Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child 2019".

One of the film crew members that was in Haiti in the late fall released a newsletter sharing some of his fantastic photos of LFBS staff, family and the surrounding area, as well as some of his insights from his time with us. Here is the link to that document: https://www.gbpcreative.ca/blog/2019/1/8/haiti?fbclid=IwAR29sR7tfNCQPkVD0T_ZCEQtWD7ovyBAWm84SWCqsS6f6QUx6XufbSyXtEM

Some of you may have followed the media coverage of tHaiti's country-wide demonstrations and escalating riots that took place in February. And wondered what it was really all about. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. With the majority of the people already living in extreme poverty - additional crippling inflation (Haitian currency lost 40% of its value), astronomical fuel and food prices, further disregard for human rights, fragile political processes erupted into prolonged demonstrations and rioting in early February. Imagine if you made $2/day to look after your family’s needs, and it cost $12 to purchase just a gallon of cooking oil!

 And, you may have seen the media coverage of NGOs and volunteers fleeing the country. LFBS Head of Haiti Operations, remained steadfast in Haiti, leading her staff, planning for the future and providing stability and hope for the children and families that LFBS works with. Standing strong with determination and commitment sent a tremendously strong message to all and allowed us to be immediately impactful and responsive once it was safe to do so. Leadership and commitment looks like that. Here is a link to CBC TV National News interview: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1446119491894

Strengthening families means that parents also have learning sessions - on Child and Women's Rights, on health prevention, on family planning...AND for our small business start-up program! We collaborate with Haven Organization for the training portion of this initiative. Opportunity for empowerment and independance, setting examples for their children and community, and keeping families whole and healthy. 

YOU are the catalyst that mobilizes the constant determination and commitment from our staff, leaders, children and families into action! Thank you so much

Backpacks and bicycles arrive by sailboat!
Backpacks and bicycles arrive by sailboat!
Practical applications for Agronomy student!
Practical applications for Agronomy student!
English tutoring session underway
English tutoring session underway
Training mothers for Business Start-Up program!
Training mothers for Business Start-Up program!
LFBS is a leader in Anti-Trafficking Reforms
LFBS is a leader in Anti-Trafficking Reforms

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