Just like any family, the change from spring to summer is an exciting and busy time! We’ve had a very eventful season here at Father Wasson’s Angels of Light with graduations, baptisms, celebrations and the start of summer camp.
In addition to the St. Louis Home inauguration in April and the departure of Joanne Schipper in May, we had many celebrations this spring, including Flag day on May 18th and Mother’s Day on May 25th. Flag Day is a big deal in Haiti and the children celebrated their Haitian pride with songs, and dances. On Mother’s Day, we took some time to honor and celebrate all the important people who play the role of Mother to all our children. From caregivers to god parents, this was a day to give thanks and honor the women who support this family.
The school year ended on June 20th and we had 66 proud graduates of our preschool and 76 proud graduates of our primary school. Eighteen of those graduates live here on our FWAL campus, nine children from Kay St. Anne and nine from Kay St. Louis and the rest of the students live with their families in the surrounding area. Graduation day is a very exciting day here. Students worked very hard to catch up and improve their studies as some did not attend school prior to coming to FWAL. The bright smiles are only a small indication of the pride they are able to take in their accomplishments as their hard work and persistence paid off. Luckily for us, graduation does not necessarily mean good bye. We will happily see 43 of the primary school graduates back on campus next fall where they will continue their education with the first two years of secondary school.
Saturday June 21, 2014, we had a wonderful ceremony to celebrate the baptism of 20 children. Nine were part of the St. Anne and St. Louis home and 11 other children from the neighboring areas were also invited to participate. The baptized was made possible by social assistance office, Mr. Jean Romain, Mr. Philippe, FWAL Director Kenson Kass and Reverend Fito. It was a great day for children specifically because this is a child’s first sacrament.
Just this past week, we kicked off another great summer camp program, thanks to our NPH fundraising office in Austria who has sponsored this yearly event for the past four years. The day starts with a signing program that can be heard all through the neighborhood and a prayer. Then the kids spilt up to take classes in drumming, dancing, drawing, music lessons, English, sewing, paper mâché, and lots of other arts and crafts. If you have the opportunity to come visit NPH Haiti and the FWAL program, be sure to ask to see all the beautiful drawings and crafts the children have made and are on display! Camp will continue through the middle of August. We have a great sports program with a group from Italy and a field trip at the end of the session to look forward to.
Summer has always been one of the most magical parts of childhood and that is true for the FWAL children as well. A lot of generous donations have gone into the planning and execution of all the wonderful summer events happening here. From all the staff, and children at FWAL we send a big thank you!!
Contributed by Shana Van Valkenburg