20/5/2015

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Ste. Helene has been a hive of activity these past weeks. We seem to have had one celebration after another- Feast day for Dominique Savio – a a Salesian Saint that is held as a role model for our kids, Feast day for Marie Dominique Mazerello – founder of the Salesian Sisters, beginning of the 4th Annual Miss and Mister of Ste. Helene competition and last Sunday we had baptism of 24 of our children. So you see it has been a busy month and guess what? We are not finished with the festivities as on Friday we will celebrate the feast day of Our Lady Help of Christians and on the 31st we will have First Holy Communion and Mother’s Day!

Let me tell you a little bit about the Miss and Mister competition. As I said this is the fourth time we have this event and it is organised by one of our Social Workers – Mrs. Christella Barreau. The idea is to encourage the older children to work on their social skills, their general knowledge and their talents. They have to study hard as they are questioned on a variety of topics and they also have to present their own individual talents – music, dance, poetry, singing -whatever. They also partake in a host of workshops whereby they have different people coming to cover different topics with them and the whole idea is to help them grow and develop in ways that will be useful for their personal development and for their future careers.

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An independent jury presides over each session and of course the audience is made up of all the other kids and staff. The competition takes place over a series of weekends and outings are also a part of the event whereby the children get to visit some place of interest in the country. So far we have had two sessions of the event and they have gone very well. Their is great support for the participants and what is beautiful is that everyone has the support of everyone. While it is a competition the atmosphere is a family one. You see it when they are getting dressed for the event- one helps the other. The objective is NOT to look better than the other it’s that EVERYONE looks beautiful. When one makes a mistake- the whole group feels bad for that person. If they feel one could do better they all encourage him her to do better. It really is something to watch and I think Father Wasson would be very happy to see that these children really do feel that they are one family and it’s easy to see how they live out this feeling.

Of course there will be prizes for the winners and those that chose to take part. Our friends in the new Marriott Hotel kindly offered a day at their pool with food included for the finalists. This will be a special treat for everyone.

I think now all that is left for me to do is put some pictures with this post so ye can see for yourself what we have been up to. Stay well and stay supporting us – in whichever way you can!

Love to all,
Gena

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Ryme

 

It’s almost 2 years since I came to Kay Christine. Back then I could not even take weight on my feet and I hated to do Physical therapy. I was a bit nervous of my new surroundings – I had spent the previous four months in the hospital after my mom never came back for me. Now I am doing very well. I am very sociable, and I love to play with the other children in Kay Christine. It’s nice being able to walk- I am still a bit wobbly but each day I get stronger. In school I have lots of friends and the teachers love me to bits – probably cos I am so cute and affectionate. Big people like to be cuddled and they love when I smile at them and sure I do that a lot! And I have a great sense of humour! I really feel loved in my new home and because of this it’s really easy for me to give love to everyone there. In the mornings I make sure to give all the staff a kiss when they come in to get us up from bed. I call out to them one by one and they always smile and laugh when I kiss them- I am not really great at kissing – I haven’t quite figured out how to do it but I am getting there. I say hello to all the other kids too – I go from bed to bed. I love doing this at night time. in the beginning Gena used to carry me from bed to bed but now I can actually do it by myself. I hold onto the beds and I walk from one bed to another. It’s so nice and what’s even better is that the other kids are so happy to see me do this- Cleevens always says ” bravo Jeff”. He is a real older brother to me- it doesn’t matter that he is in a wheelchair – he is really cool and he loves to come right up to me and put his head next to me. He really loves me – they all do!

 

I like to help the ladies when they are folding the clothes. Of course I am too small to fold them- I do try. What I can do, is hand the clothes to them and this is a help. Well I suppose I should let you go now. Keep me in your prayers and pray for all my family here in Kay Christine. Pray for my Mom and Dad too – for sure they left me in the hospital because they could not take care of me. Haiti is not easy for moms with kids like me. Bye!! PS I have learned to blow kisses next time I will show you!

 

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