Too often we hear stories about the majority world that focus on the negative. While it’s necessary to know of the problem to ever know how to solve it. When we only look at it from one perspective, we can miss some of the solutions that are already in place.
This high school science lab is located in one of our partner schools in Titanyen, Haiti. Very similar in set up to a lab you might see in the States, this is where future medical professionals, future chemical engineers, future teachers get to experience science in action. This lab is state-of-the-art in Haiti, and is one in a handful of other labs in the country available to high school students. In addition to being an incredible resource for the students in Titanyen, this lab is a field trip site for many other schools to bring students to come and practice the lessons their learning in class.
There are many obstacles for children in Haiti to climb out of poverty. Yet at the same time, so much is being done to help students not just survive, but THRIVE!
When you hear stories about how hard things are in Haiti, continue to pray. But remember the incredible things YOU ARE providing a student with. Your good works are changing lives!
For many children in Haiti, their playground might be the dirt in between cacti covered with trash. Their game might be soccer played with a rock as they kick goals with bare feet. Their playmates might be the other children who are home all day long because they aren’t in school.
But for those who have the opportunity to go to school, their playground is paved. Their games are centered around the lessons they learned in class, and their playmates are their peers as they run around in their uniforms. For these kids, they not only are receiving an education, but a safe place to play, a safe place to just be a kid.
Thanks to you - 192 kids get to play in a safer environment, and winning at a bigger game in life.
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At one point in her life she had come to terms with the fact that she didn't know what she didn't know. And that she'd probably spend the rest of her life just fetching water.
As a young girl, she’d walk to the well to fill heavy buckets of water that would later be used for showers, laundry and cooking. Some would stop to say hello, but not everyone. Not everyone knew her, but at the same time, everyone knew her. Her story was everyone’s story. A story of hardship, of hunger, and of lack.
If you never see what's possible, how can you know that it even is? It's like having a bookshelf of full of only letters A-L encyclopedias and not knowing that there is more to the alphabet. You wouldn’t know that you’re missing 14 volumes of information, and you wouldn’t go searching for it. Unless someone showed you what you were missing.
Thankfully, someone did show her what was possible. She gained a sponsor six years ago, and she gained a window into the world. Her story was intersected by someone else’s story that was very different from her own. They wrote letters and got to know about each other’s lives. All of the sudden, her story was worth hearing, because it was now unique and special to someone else. She gained a sense of pride in who she was. She also saw someone’s story that was different from her own and saw that another way was out there.
On top of that, her sponsor provided her with education which opened even more doors for her. She was learning about other cultures, other places in the world, other stories. She was being introduced to others who looked like her, but who were educated, employed and successful. Now her hunger wasn’t just for food, but for more! A life that was better for herself, but also for those around her.
Fast forward six years, and you’ll find her in college where she is studying to become a nurse. She still fetches water from time to time. But now it's her turn to stop and say hello to another little girl who was once like her. And because her story is different, she’s allowing other little girls to see that their own story can be different too.
You have a story. And your story when shared has the power to let another little girl or boy see what is possible. For growth. For healing. For themselves and others.
Haiti can be a hard country.
However, given his circumstances, we saw a spark of a dream that remained in Daison. He wanted to be a pilot. He is wickedly smart, and worked hard to learn English, and be one of the street’s best soccer players. But as he got into middle school, the reality of how tough his world was, was sinking in. He started to pull back on his studies, goofed off more in class, and was slowly giving up on his dream. “Why try if I don’t matter.”
But we knew that Daison - as with every child, mattered. So our team in Haiti had been working with him that year to help him understand that he does matter, that he is full of life, and full of potential.
With time, and continued mentoring, the work seemed to be making progress, but something was missing. We needed to find something that spoke loudly to him that HE mattered.
I was having lunch one day with his sponsor - Larry, a retired pilot, and we were brainstorming how we could help. Larry suggested we reach out to pilots we knew in Haiti and ask them how one might chase their dream of taking flight. We ended up connecting with McHenry Priestly who informed us that the road to becoming a pilot is difficult for most people. However, he felt strongly that even with a difficult road in front of someone - they shouldn’t have their dreams crushed. So he agreed to fly out to Titanyen on a surprise visit - to let Daison get the feel for what it would be like to sit in a cockpit, touch the control panel and see the world through the glass of a helicopter.
We wanted to make this a surprise for Daison. To get everyone up to the field where the chopper would land, we told the kids that we wanted to play a big round of soccer. As they put on their shoes and headed up the hill to the field, we started to see a silver bird come into view far off in the sky. As it approached and we felt the whip of the propellers blasting our faces, I turned to Daison and said “This is for you buddy - don’t ever give up on your dream.” He looked at me with dusty tear-filled eyes and smiled one of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen.
Once the helicopter safely landed, the pilot got out and walked up to Daison. He shook his hand and welcomed him into his cockpit; and spoke to Daison with authority as if he was already in training school. Through the cockpit
glass, Daison watched hundreds of people from the village climb the hill to the soccer field to see what all the commotion was. His entire village - people who have never expected much of themselves either, saw a glimmer of a dream come true for one kid.After the chopper left, a man from the village came up to me and asked - “did you do all this for Daison - just for him to taste his dream?” “Yes, we did,” I said - "because Daison’s dream matters - just as much as anyone else's."
If you’ve ever felt like you, or your dream, doesn’t matter- don’t give up! I pray that your own "big silver bird" would appear in the sky to remind you that you matter and your dream does too!
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