Friday, March 11, 2016

Day 4: Grace Village, Elderly Visits, and Mass Grave site/Memorial

Written by Aubrey age 10:

Today we drove out to Grace Village and saw what Healing Haiti had helped start. We had a tour around the orphanage and the lady taught us how Healing Haiti has helped and what is built there and what will be built there. Currently they have a library, orphanage, garden, school church, health clinic and eating center. They are working on adding a computer lab and a bakery to help employ villagers so they do not have to give up their children to an orphanage. 

Then we visited three elderly in the neighboring town where we went into their homes where we sang, gave foot massages, painted their toenails and gave them water and food. It brought a smile to your face, when they smiled back their smiles were contagious and they really made our day. 

On the way back home our team stopped at the mass graves which is a memorial for the people who died in the earthquake. The memorial is still under construction but it looks very nice. 300,000 people were buried here.  At my school we were just learning about the earthquake in Haiti so it was neat to see the site where so many were buried. Many people who have not been to Haiti thought that the devastation was still very bad, but when you get there you realize that it's in better condition.

When we got back to our guesthouse we had a Haitian meal prepared for us. We all really loved it it was delicious. We ended our evening by learning how to salsa dance. The salsa dancing was very fun and interesting because you got to learn about the music from another culture. 

At our sharing time tonight my word of the day was "love" because I shared love with the orphans and the elderly in many ways but I also felt a lot of love from them too. 

Pictured above is one of our elders, Pierre, dancing and worshipping with us!

             Aubrey, painting nails. 

             Library at Grace Village

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