Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Final day

Hello SAS family and friends! The students will be making their way to the airport this afternoon. They had a wonderful final day in LaFond on Monday and spent the day at the beach yesterday. They were able to put the final touches on the latrine in LaFond before they had a celebration with the community. The celebration was a wonderful time for everyone. Yesterday they went to the beach and enjoyed a leisurely lunch before doing the final curriculum. We will update the blog with any travel delays as they come available. Please don't hesitate to call the office with any questions -303.679.3412.

Erin Lasky
Program Director

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lessons in Kréyol

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pictures from LaFond Belle

 Tapasya smiling for the camera after a trip to pick up supplies.
 Alec and Ben taking a break from the carrying and mixing cement.
 Jay and new friend as we visited the community of LaFond.
 Ben  showing off his "gourdes"as he heads off to the local market.
 Bertin, our in-country coordinator and some of the matrons of LaFond.
 Beautiful Vistas from the top of the mountain.
 Breakfast is served!
 Karley flexing her muscles.
 "Je suis content que vous soyez ici parmi nous".
 Everyone hard at work.
Just passing through.

Weekend in Haiti

Hello everyone! The students have had a wonderful weekend in Haiti. They spent all day yesterday hiking to Fort Gary. They had about 20 new friends from the communiy join in the hike -- it was quite exciting for everyone. The students have had a unique chance to explore the different religions in the area. Earlier in the week they met the Voodoo priest, yesterday they met the Catholic priest and this morning they attended a church service held by the WLS Coordinator Bertin's brother Jacques. It has been a learning experience for everyone.

They will be resting and relaxing this afternoon and are eager to start working again tomorrow!

Erin Lasky
Program Director

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Soccer is the Universal Language

The M.O.T. U13 Minotaurs donated twelve soccer balls and three pumps to the children in La Fond Haiti.  On the first day in La Fond, we cleared the school yard of cinder blocks that were brought in to rebuild  following the earthquake.  On a rocky terrace in the mountains of one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere, a game of futbol (soccer) broke down barriers. The ball that we played with said Philadelphia Union on it and was one of the balls donated by a great group of boys in Middletwon, Delaware called the Minotaurs.  So in play, the boys and girls of Haiti were united to the Minotaurs through "the beautiful game." Mèsi anpil!  Thank you so much!

Jay Hutchinson
Chaplin, Religious Studies Teacher
St. Andrews School

Friday, June 8, 2012

Morning at the Market!

Morning! The students spent the morning at the market near LaFond. They had an incredible time and bought some wonderful food! The SAS students formed groups with students from the local school. They set out with money, a shopping list and their best creole! They did an amazing job negotiating the market and practicing their creole. They bought live chickens, avocados, lemons, bananas, brown sugar and more! More to come! 

Erin Lasky 
Program Director

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Second day on the project!

Hello everyone!

I just talked to Rebeckah, the WLS instructor in Haiti and the group is hard at work on the service project. They are putting up the walls to the latrine at the school. They are continuing to have great weather and a wonderful time. They have been able to spend lots of time with the local students and they are really enjoying it! We will continue to update the blog for the group since they are having a hard time hooking up to the wifi.

Erin Lasky
Program Director

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hello again St. Andrews parents!

The group is having some trouble connecting to the internet, so they asked if we could update the blog for them.

The group is settled into Lafond where the weather is great, views are wonderful and food is delicious! Today they started their service project, which involved starting the foundation for the latrines that they are building for the school. They also had some time to play with the kindergartners! Everyone is happy and healthy and I am sure you will hear more from them once they get the internet connection up and running.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Lizzy Leighty, Program Coordinator, World Leadership School
Hello St. Andrews Parents! Here is a photo one of the parents shared with me of the kids at the airport. I thought you all might like to see it.

Lizzy Leighty, Program Coordinator, World Leadership School

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Hi Everybody!
     This is Alec Hill, a just graduated senior at SAS, blogging about our trip from a hotel in Petit-Goave, Haiti. We are about to take off for a three hour drive up into the mountains to the farming community of LaFond, where we will be staying for the rest of the journey and building/digging latrines for the kindegartners. Doing this will mean the kids have to walk less far to go to the bathroom, allowing more time for actual school, as well as helping reduce the risk of cholera.
    The last 24 hours have been pretty crazy. We arrived at the airport around noon yesterday, and were immediately set upon by around a dozen men trying to carry our bags and find us a taxi and get a dollar or two out of us. At a gas station five minutes down the road, it was the same story. Basically, it seems like a large portion of adult males in Haiti are without employment, and must find some money by selling sodas on the street, or small bracelets.  The traffic laws in Port-au-Prince are also basically nonexistent. It took us around 2 hours to get out of the city itself, and the rules of the road seem to be that if you honk and you go for it, it's yours. The effect of the earthquake are still very visible: roads are torn up, massive piles of gravel and rubble everywhere, and in what used to be parks are massive tent cities. Everyone gets their water by pump, and most people seem to live in these small tin-roofed shacks that are stacked on top of each other right up to the edge of the road.
Okay-that's all I've got for now. Much Love.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hello St. Andrews Parents!

I just heard from the group and they have arrived safely and they are on the way to Petit-Goave. Please feel free to contact us at the office with any questions during their trip and stay tuned for updates!!

Lizzy Leighty
Program Coordinator, World Leadership School