Posted by: Cathy | July 27, 2012

Assembly Line Work, Horseback Riding, and a Pool Day with a Best Bud…

 
Things have been quite busy at Wings this week! Lots of activity, lots of fun projects for the kids (tie dying t-shirts, making stained glass wind chimes, building birdhouses) – courtesy of a fun group from the Boston area – thanks, Mike, Laura, Katherine, & Kari! Delmace has totally enjoyed getting in on the fun projects – even ditching me (he was supposed to be helping me with a job) to do his tie dying… There have also been some very competitive Zingo games, lots of time riding the plasma cars and other vehicles, and “movie nights” in the kids’ dorm rooms… Delmace even found time to help KC paint her nails one day 🙂

Delmace, Nikki, and Jozye playing “Zingo”

Delmace, Jozye, and Delome watching “Finding Nemo”…

Painting KC’s nails one morning…

Delmace didn’t ditch me everyday though… There was one morning, when he spent several hours helping me to assemble Art Kits for all the kids at Lekol Sen Trinitie.  We put together 200 kits! The kids will each get a kit as part of their back to school supplies in September. Lekol Sen Trinitie is the school that St. Joseph’s operates for the poorest of the poor children in the city of Jacmel. Children attend school there free of charge – and are given uniforms, shoes & socks, backpacks, school supplies, and provided with a free meal every day. It’s a great school, and we were fortunate to visit on their last day of school during our first week here.

Delmace helping assemble Art Kits…

On Thursday, Delmace and I went to the horseback riding program with the kids. It was a LONG, dusty, and very hot trip – with lots & lots of PAP traffic, but SO worth it to watch the kids on the horses, and get to visit with Paco, their instructor (who spent time in Boston last summer)… Delmace remembered Paco from last summer, and remembered that Paco told him when he came back to Haiti, he’d let him ride at his place… So he waited patiently (well, as patiently as a super excited 6-year old can possibly wait) for all the Wings kids to go through their programs – and then he got his chance. Paco was great with him! He had him riding bareback, and also had him lying across the horse’s back on both his belly and his back to stretch his muscles and improve sensation. When he was finished, he made Delmace walk (with his help) back to where I was waiting! Delmace totally loved it… So now, I’m just waiting for him to start bugging me about horseback riding sessions – wondering if it’s possible to fit that in on top of swimming lessons, violin lessons, and sports…

Pierre riding…

Jozye riding…

Vivianne riding…

Lazar riding…

Paco helping Josephine to ride…

Getting Delmace on the horse…

Delmace riding…

Paco helping Delmace use his legs to walk

After riding, Delmace and I had a chance to hang out at St.Joseph’s Home for Boys in PAP while Renee had a meeting there. None of the boys are living there now – they are all in Jacmel for the summer, but we got to watch the dance tour guys rehearsing for heir fall tour, and we got to go all the way up to the top of the newly completed building, and hang out on the rooftop garden where we had a picnic lunch! What a fantastic space – and the views from the top are incredible…

Port-au-Prince, from St. Joe’s roof

Also from the roof…

Another view from the roof…

Friday, we had a wonderful day hanging out at the pool at the Karibe Hotel… We also did this during our first week in Haiti, but this time we took 4 of the Wings boys with us, along with Delmace’s best friend in Haiti, Dad – and Dad’s older brother Didi… We had a totally awesome day! We practically had the pool to ourselves – and everyone had a great time… In fact, KC had to practically drag Erique (one of the Wings kids) out of the pool when it was time to go! We then brought Dad & Didi back to Wings with us for the weekend 🙂 Right now there are 4 kids sleeping in my room – they are all quiet right now, but this is how they looked earlier in the day…

Delmace, Alize, Didi, and Dad in the pool…

This evening, there was so many toys strewn on the living room floor it was hard to walk… It should be a FUN weekend!

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