HELO Orphanage in Haiti

Celebrating Haiti

A team of fourteen traveled to Haiti on December 26, 2012 to share in the celebrations of Christmas, New Year’s and Haiti Independence Day.  The team came together from three states: Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, prepared with different activities celebrating Haitian culture, teaching both team members and children about the richness of Haiti in celebration of the January 1st holiday. We learned about painter Alexandre Gregoire and evenrecreated one of his paintings in a color-by-number! The homes were soon decorated with the beautiful artwork!

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We also learned the history of the Haitian National Anthem and the children delighted us by proudly standing and singing it as their flag was proudly displayed.  The children also colored flags to wave and display during their “mock Olympics” as they learned about Haitian athletes who competed in the 2012 Olympics.  They were taught the triple jump, relay race, and other track and field events, which they practiced for a few days before the big competition.  Shouts of glee could be heard near and far, flags waved, and medals won!

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The team also visited the beautiful Botanical Gardens of les Cayes, our guide showed us many varieties of trees, flowers, and cacti -- a glimpse into the beauty of this magnificient island.

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We rented a bus and took all 50 children, house parents and staff to the beautiful Gelee Beach for a day of fun in the sun and sea.  We especially enjoyed the newly planted trees, which provided very nice shade for our picnic lunch!

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On January 1st, we all celebrated with singing, delicious cake, soda, and goodie bags!  Great fun was had by young and old!

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Thanks to a great team for sharing your time, your love, and your talents with the children of HELO!

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Front:  Allison Mead, Mary Beth Saso, Megan Montgomery, Sara & Elisabeth Kennedy

Back: Mariel Yagsizian, Dana Volk, Jesse Huhn, Diane Volk, Sarah Carpenter, Amy Huhn, Troy McNamara, Charlie Field and Adrianna Rodriguez