Posted by: Cathy | July 13, 2013

Playing in Haiti – Summer 2013

We have been in Haiti for about 12 days now – and I have been extremely lazy about putting together any posts about our trip… We had a very hectic end of the school year, and then spent several days in Idaho for my niece’s wedding right before leaving for Haiti (with only one day in between the 2 trips), and by the time we finally arrived in Haiti, I was exhausted. Delmace, of course, has been full of energy! 

Delmace at Kelly & Justin's wedding in Idaho

Delmace at Kelly & Justin’s wedding in Idaho

We were greeted at the airport in Haiti by our good friend Renee, Renee’s mom Lucy (“Grandma Lucy” according to Delmace), and one of Delmace’s favorite “brothers” and playmates – Steve.  Arriving at Wings this year was far less overwhelming for Delmace than it was last year. He still received tons of hugs and cheers and people patting him on the head, but it didn’t bother him like it did last year – I think he was actually looking forward to all the attention!

Delmace & Steve

Delmace & Steve

Kisses for Josephine

Kisses for Josephine

Since arriving at Wings, we have been busy for sure – but in a relaxed, laid back kind of way… We have helped Grandma Lucy throw a fabulous 4th of July party for all of the kids – complete with hotdogs, chips, ice-cream, and patriotic cupcakes. We have visited our friends at St. Joseph’s Home for Boys, where Delmace needed to deliver a special gift from the States for founder “Grandpa” Michael – a jar of marshmallow Fluff (he insisted before we left that Michael needed to have this!). We have been out to lunch at one of Renee’s new favorite restaurants in Port au Prince – a place that serves delicious gelato.

Frosting cupcakes with Grandma Lucy

Frosting cupcakes with Grandma Lucy

Yum! Chocolate gelato served in a cocoa bean pod

Yum! Chocolate gelato served in a cocoa bean pod

We have visited the homes of our friends Walnes and Maya to meet their new babies. And, we have gone on 3 shopping extravaganza trips with groups of Wings kids – trips where all of the kids get to go into a store and spend about $20 on whatever they want, and then get treated to lunch at a “McDonalds-like” restaurant in Port au Prince.  Twenty dollars is not a lot of money – but it’s a big deal to these kids, and the fact that they get to make their own choices makes it even more special for them. 

Delmace and I with  Jamal, son of our friend Walnes

Delmace and I with Jamal, son of our friend Walnes

Delmace and Dodgeson, son of our friend Maya

Delmace and Dodgeson, son of our friend Maya

Delmace, Sadraque, and I shopping in Port au Prince

Delmace, Sadraque, and I shopping in Port au Prince

Delmace and Renee at Epidor restaurant in Port au Prince

Delmace and Renee at Epidor restaurant in Port au Prince

And, we have spent time just hanging out at Wings… Playing with the kids, handing out the toys, candy, and other gifts that Delmace and I brought down for them… For the second year in a row, Delmace has asked kids attending his birthday party in the spring to give him gift cards instead of presents, and he uses the gift cards to buy toys for the kids at Wings. This year, he also won $50 in a photo contest by EasyStand, the company that makes the standing device he uses to stretch his legs. He had a great time picking out stuff to bring down – in fact, we ended up with 2 duffle bags completely filled with toys, sports equipment, radios, candy, caps, and various other presents.  

Delmace with a small portion of the loot he brought down to hand out

Delmace with a small portion of the loot he brought down to hand out

Delmace LOVES having a gang of boys to play with every day! They are usually waiting outside for him and the morning – ready for games of basketball, soccer, and baseball, toy car races, wrestling matches, even hockey (which he introduced them to).

Delmace and Erique playing hockey

Delmace and Erique playing hockey

Delmace and his hockey crew - Steve, Erique, and Sadraque

Delmace and his hockey crew – Steve, Erique, and Sadraque

They are also fascinated by his iPad, which he loves to bring out and show them how to play different games and apps. Yesterday, there was a group of kids around the iPad, having a blast with the app “Talking Ben” – they thought it was totally hilarious to make the dog (Ben) burp over and over and over and over… Apparently boys and burping go together in any culture.

Frank Ely, Delmace, Jozye, and Steve making Ben, the dog, burp :)

Frank Ely, Delmace, Jozye, and Steve making Ben, the dog, burp 🙂

Delmace and Jozye wrestling

Delmace and Jozye wrestling

Tomorrow I am going to do some real work – packaging school supply kits for the kids at Lekol Sen Trinite… But, today I am content to hang out and just listen to the sounds of Delmace playing with his “brothers”.

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Responses

  1. So happy for both of you and your family in Haiti as well. I just got your gift today and totally love the frame and the picture, of course!! Call when you get back so that Sam and I can meet you at JP Licks or for some pizza! xo xo Mrs. Foley

  2. Hi Cathy! Will and I love seeing your pictures and reading about your visit in Haiti. Delmace looks very happy with all his buddies. Will says hi to you, Delmace, Steve, and the rest of the kids at Wings of Hope. Have a great time. Maureen


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