Did you know volunteers, medical teams, and board members of Branch Lutheran Schools of Haiti regularly visit the schools? Pam Folkens was part of a team that visited in December.
Linda, Kathleen and I were honored to travel to Haiti the first week of December 2017 to distribute Christmas gifts to Haitian Pastor Rona, our driver Edner, the three directors, teachers from the three schools, cooks and approximately 370 students. Our first day we traveled to Yvette’s school to attend church conducted by Pastors Rona and Terry. We met two orphan boys, one a high school student, Snyder, hoping to become a trained called worker and another younger orphan student, David, who is currently teaching Sunday school.
Yvette, the director of the Lutheran School of Smyrne, was pleased to show us the three new classrooms for the 2017-2018 school year and the space she has identified for an addition three new classrooms for next school year. One of the new classrooms will be utilized for the vocational sewing center which will hold classes on the weekends.
We spent two days distributing Christmas gifts along with bananas and crackers purchased in Haiti to the students and school staff. I will always remember the squeals of delight and the smiling faces as the students received their gifts.