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Under the NPH umbrella, the Father
Wasson Angels of Light (FWAL)
program founded the St. Anne Baby
House and St. Louis Home. These
homes have been a safe haven for the
displaced and vulnerable children from
Haiti’s devastating earthquake in
2010. Today, up to 200 children
under age 16 receive care,
education and spiritual formation
in the loving tradition of “St. Helene,”
our flagship facility in Kenscoff, Haiti.
Many of the grown children of St.
Helene now serve as caregivers and
teachers to this new generation of
NPH children. FWAL also operates a
free primary school for these children
and children from the community
totaling 800 students.
Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Tabarre
Hello! My name is Aslin and I am 4-years-old and the
girl next to me is Christy, she is also 4-years-old. We
are in the second class of the preschool of the Father
Wasson Angels of Light school, “Ange de Lumiere.“
Did you know that in Haiti, 3o% of children in primary
school will not make it to third grade and 6o%
will leave school before sixth grade.
Christy and I know we will make it!
Maybe you heard that we had a party
because we inaugurated our new primary
school campus. All the children from 1st to 7th grade are now going to the beautiful
new school made out of concrete block and a metal roof. It is much better than it
used to be when they were having class in the tents.
Our preschool moved from tents into metal shipping
containers and that is much better too. Look, this
is all of us, 2oo preschool children getting ready to
go into our classrooms. We all stand in lines and sing
songs before entering the class. I don’t like singing
all that much but Christy does!
Christy and I have two really nice teachers; Madam Dorlus and Madam Benoit, we
like them a lot, they are always happy and help us with the things we are doing and
learning. Do you know that we learn French when we go to preschool? It sounds a
lot like Creole but it is different. I like Creole more but Christy likes French because
she says it sounds nice in the songs she likes to sing.
Here you can see our container class rooms; we made
them real nice with drawings and garlands. Of course our
teachers helped us. We also have a big paper on the wall
with all our names and our birthdays on it. When it is our
birthday we are allowed to climb on one of the benches and
the other children and our teachers sing for us.
Since we are having school in the containers we now
have a shaded patio to play. One of the best times
at school is recess. Christy likes jumping rope and I
just love to run around and play tag or jump on one
of our cars and drive around with other children in the back.
I have a lot of friends at school. The other really good thing about going
to school is that we get a meal of rice and beans before we go home. Christy and I
are very happy with this because before we went to school we did not always get a
meal every day. As you can see we are happy to be in our new place in the containers.
But the best is still to come. The people from the Father Wasson Angels of Light
program are also planning to build a real preschool for us. So we hope that soon we
also will be in a cool block building with a metal roof.
We still need some more money to make this really happen and it would make
us very happy if you were willing to help with this. Because going to school is
the best thing ever!
Christy and I will write you all again when we are in our new school and tell
you all about it and show you pictures of how it looks!
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Christy and Aslin.
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For more detailed information about the FWAL Preschool, please contact Joanne Schipper at [email protected]
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