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Oct 4, 2019

Summer 2019: Shaping New Futures

Masonry Apprentice
Masonry Apprentice

AS you have seen in each activity Report - and on our Facebook page (Little Footprints, Big Steps) if you also follow us there - our staff, our Programs, the challenges and the stunning developments are always in motion. Momentum through the strength and support you are such a huge part of. Summer of 2019 has been no exception. Each day – and often night – filled with little footprints that lead toward the big steps

IN July Wathson was recognized for his continued diligence. Who is this young man? He is an enthusiastic, dedicated young man who works hard to improve his living conditions. He is the only child in a single-parent family. His mother has passed away and he lives with his elderly dad. Although he was only able to start school a few years ago when LFBS entered his life, he is now in 9th grade. Since the first day we provided him with the opportunity for education, Wathson has succeeded in his school work and exams, despite the fact that he has to walk more than 2 kilometers, down a mountainside for part of the way, to get to his school. He has also taken vocational training in window installation and is currently studying tailoring. He tends to his garden crops in his small mountainous community and is a great vetivert grower. The LFBS staff member guiding the Youth Leader group is creating a contract with each youth moving them toward a more independence and personal accountability.

MEDICAL care is a critical, basic need. July was a busy month for surgeries. In just a few weeks time, over 6 children had surgery – including a child with multiple physical handicaps one having a bullet removed! Our 3 medical students are back in Les Cayes for the summer and one is assisting LFBS at the hospital.

EARLY in the summer months we started having school uniforms made for the coming school year! We have 4 students in vocational sewing classes this summer. When we are able to purchase sewing machines, we will be able to hire our own youth and family members to make school uniforms in future and add that into the Small Business Program! Other youth are attending vocational training and apprenticeships, including learning masonry work and photography/videography – future LFBS activity Updates will include photos that young man has taken! We were able to hire some of our youth and family during summer construction projects including the Phase 1 security wall on our land and house building for one of youth and his family.

SUMMERTIME learning opportunities also included taking a number of Agronomy students and LFBS youth leaders to the Haven Foundation’s Agriculture Training Center. A wonderful opportunity to learn and be inspired! The agronomy students we are assisting with their University courses are creating a plan for the planting and harvesting of crops on the LFBS land that is not under construction. They will be implementing the plan and looking after the crops. Work experience and continued growth in action!

LFBS’ Head of Haiti Operations participated in a workshop held by the National Committee against Child Domesticity (Comite National de Luttee Contre le Travail des Enfants). A national plan is being prepared to raise awareness about laws surrounding child labour in Haiti, and the Committee is currently reaching each region of the country to gain input for that plan! LFBS staff and Operation’s Head also participated in a workshop facilitated by Bethany International focused on the need to support families to be, and remain, together in including various methods of doing this. LFBS was able to provide examples of successful reunification and steps toward family strengthening and measures toward healthy independence. The participants will meet again in December to discuss the progress, challenges and successes they have had.

A YOUNG man asked to talk with Morgan, LFBS founder and Head of Haiti Operations. He is a former street boy we've recently supported to begin an apprenticeship. He's previously not had a very easy life, already has a child, and has spent a day in prison. "I've been wanting to speak with you to say thank you," he told her, "because I'm starting to see myself differently. I can see myself having a different future." THIS is the reality you make possible!

MEMBERS of our Outreach staff traveled to rural Jeremie and held a training session for a group of parents and youth in the far southwest Grande Anse Region on Family Planning and assisted the parents currently in our Business Start-up program reinforce their businesses. Along with assisting with a workshop and bringing important supplies, they also began detailing preparations for school uniforms and supplies for the upcoming school year! What an incredible, hard-working team - so much is accomplished each day!

PLEASE share this Update with your friends and let us know if you have any questions. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all that you make possible. “Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one”. Thank you for being a catalyst in this journey of challenge, discovery and transformation. 

Learning Tailor Skills
Learning Tailor Skills
Agronomy Training
Agronomy Training
Changing Child Labor Laws
Changing Child Labor Laws
Empowered Women in Business Program
Empowered Women in Business Program
Youth Are Development
Youth Are Development

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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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