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Painting

Michael Painting Windor

Michael Painting Window

Obert & Junior hard at work

Obert & Junior hard at work

Paint crew minus Celestin

Paint crew minus Celestin

 

Fr. Nova joins in

Fr. Nova joins in

Art, Doug and Celestin

Art, Doug and Celestin

 

Two Celtics fans!

Two Celtics fans!

 

One of the main purposes behind this past trip was to paint the classrooms at the parish school.  Nine rooms in all plus the principal’s office.  Of course there was a little more to it than painting.  The goal was to have several people from the U.S join us for several reasons, one to help with the painting, two to meet the people of Our Lady of the Rosary, and three to get an idea of the poverty and the work we are trying to do there.

Joining me on this trip was my Cursillo group brother Michael who spends his time between Arizona and his original home state of Minnesota and a good friend of mine for close to 40 years, Doug who lives in Rhode Island, my original home state.  Judging by their reactions, comments and multitude of questions I would say it was a very successful trip.  We had the pleasure of working with 5 very hard working young men, Jean, Pierre, Junior, Celestin and Alexis to paint the classrooms.  Fr. Nova even joined us for a few minutes.  I do have to admit the young men took over.  I had a nice, neat plan laid out in my head and if you know the Bible saying, God’s ways are not man’s ways.  Well my way wasn’t the Haitian way and it didn’t take long to figure that out.  The job got done, we had fun, and we made 5 new friends.

We spent late Saturday afternoon visiting families directly across the road from the parish.  It was an eye opener for Doug and Mike to see their small homes, the conditions they live under and the hardness of their daily life just to find food and water.  In spite of all this they are a happy, welcoming people and they were very glad to see me again and that I had brought friends.  We were welcomed at every home.

In the photo above Doug had his picture taken with this young lady to show off her Celtic’s cap.  She was suffering from what appeared to be an ear infection.  We asked her to go to the clinic which she said she did and they wouldn’t do anything because she had no money to pay.  That same day we went to Hinche and purchased some decongestant nasal spray and ibuprofen and gave them to her.  Michel Jean our translator saw her a few days later and reported she was doing much better.

Before I close I just want to add this was a pay your way working trip.  While the project was to paint, it was also designed to raise funds to cover the costs of the project.  Each of us paid our own airfare to Haiti and donated a fixed amount to pay for the paint and supplies needed plus wages for the 5 men that helped us.

Before you leave our site, don’t forget to check out added photos of the painting in progress and the school children:  click here  http://abcforhaiti.org/back-home-2015/

As always, the best fund raiser is word of mouth and I encourage each of you to forward this link to your family and friends and let them know why this is important to you.  And, if you just happen to need a Lenten sacrifice to add to your Easter preparations, we sure wouldn’t complain if you decided to make an additional one time donation. 

Remember 95% of your donation goes directly to support the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Click here to donate:  http://abcforhaiti.org/donate/