If you've ever been to Haiti, you will remember how rough the roads are: potholes, worn pavement and debris, all do a number on a car, most especially the tires.
While having good tires all the time can be costly (around $600/yr), it is vitally important. Proper tread is needed to drive when roads get slick from hard rains and oil leaks.
So it may come as no surprise that when the time comes to replace tires on the orphanage vehicle - it is a top priority.
It may also not come as a suprise that the kids at the Maranatha House are not slowing down at growing up. Many of them are expressing interest in reaching the milestone of learning how to drive. They want to experience the freedom that comes from being behind the wheel. They want to explore their community and country. They want an opportunity to drive themselves to future jobs.
Our Orphanage Director, Melchi Chery, has been teaching some of the older kids how to drive. But he's not just focused on teaching how to drive the vehicle, but also how to care for it.
"When you drive in Haiti - you can't just learn how to drive. You have to learn how to care for the vehicle too! You can't take it to a mechanic for everything. You have to learn how to take care of it yourself."
They have learned how to check fluid levels, check tire pressure and tread. Skills that can be cost savings in the future when they are driving so they can identify and fix simple problems before they require a mechanic. This knowledge also benefits each of them in other ways - teaching many forms of responsibility.
Last week, our Xterra's tires were replaced. And Melchi used this opportunity to teach the kids how to change a tire.
While we may feel a bit sad that these kids are growing up so fast that they are nearly drivers... we are more than excited for their BRIGHT futures!
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