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Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year

by Little Footprints, Big Steps - IDO
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Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
Send a Child to School in Haiti for a Year
School supplies for children in Jeremie
School supplies for children in Jeremie

An exciting fall term will soon be moving into a New Year. These months continue to bring the change, the growth and the path to a new future that your support makes possible. The schooling is not only resulting in the children and youth gaining knowledge and new found competence, but remarkable increases in self-esteem and confidence, positive behaviours and attitudes.

Just before the fall term began, our Outreach Workers were busy distributing school supplies, uniforms, shoes, and all the other necessities in the 21 communities that our children’s families live in (photo attached). Because of YOU, 247 children and youth were able to be registered and are attending school right now. Because YOU are a part of our team, your generosity and care is in action each day.

This school year we have made schooling changes in Les Cayes area and have a number of our children attend a larger school providing more behavioural structure and academic challenge. For the first time, we also have children enrolled in an ACEs school program. This school’s core curriculum offers modular learning so children progress at their own pace. It is based on English immersion, problem solving, character and social values, goal setting, etc. (photos attached)

Thanks to you, children also have the added support of tutoring and summer classes  resulting in exciting test marks and great report cards (photo attached) … building on the confidence and further dedication to their school work!

 Along with having an All Staff Meeting, including our Outreach Workers that work with our families north of Les Cayes, we celebrated the 4th Anniversary of Little Footprints Big Steps and recognized the huge steps that had taken place since November 2011 when two young women felt compelled to co-found this organization and activate a whole new approach of working with Haiti’s vulnerable (photo attached). Dignity. Self-sufficiency. Empowerment. Attached is a photo of the staff that are dedicated to continuing that work, and the co-founder/Head of Haitian Operations, Morgan Wienberg.

News of recognition of that work recently came from the office of the Governor General of Canada. Morgan will be awarded the Meritorious Service Cross Medal. This medal recognizes “outstanding accomplishment and uncommonly high standards that sets an example for others to follow”. What a strong commendation for the work that has been accomplished on the ground and the inspiration for those near and far.

And thanks to each of YOU for believing that the past does not have to mirror the present and future for the determined children and youth that Little Footprints Big Steps works with.

Ready to head to the ACE School
Ready to head to the ACE School
Building confidence speaking in front of the class
Building confidence speaking in front of the class
A great report card :-)
A great report card :-)
LFBS staff and Co-founder/Head of Haiti Operations
LFBS staff and Co-founder/Head of Haiti Operations

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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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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
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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 integratedmentorship/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!
Leaders/Mentor Program pilot underway
Leaders/Mentor Program pilot underway

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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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Little Footprints, Big Steps - IDO

Location: Whitehorse, Yukon - Canada
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Karen Wienberg
Whitehorse, Yukon Canada
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