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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Creating Life Books in Haiti: A Volunteer From Colombia

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During the month of October H.E.R.O. had the pleasure of hosting Lina Cala, a volunteer from Colombia who graciously devoted 30 days to increasing the well-being of our children.  When Lina first contacted Country Director, Dan Kasnick, she already had an action plan for the activities she would complete while working with the H.E.R.O. children.  Her goal was to create Life Books for each of our orphans: a book for each of our children to keep their favorite memories from the past, present, and future.

Lina recently graduated high school from an American international school in Colombia.  She was eager to participate in an activity to share her artistic talents while at the same time making a difference in the lives of orphans in Haiti.  Almost every afternoon Lina was able to work with the children, sometimes individually and sometimes in groups, to develop a life story from their birth to the present.  Lina was assisted by Bernadin, a recent high school graduate from Haiti that was able to help Lina translate Kreyol into English.  Bernadin also provided Lina with Kreyol lessons and showed her the sights, sounds, and wonders of Haiti.  It was great to see Lina, Bernadin, and the children all working together on this important project.

Lina is the third volunteer that H.E.R.O. has welcomed.  We hope that our good fortune will continue with the amazing quality of volunteer that has continued to bless us with their presence and provide valuable learning opportunities for the children.  While we don’t have an enormous space for large groups of volunteers, we do have a comfortable setting for those willing to come to Haiti and make a difference in the lives of the children that we serve.  We are always open to hosting individuals and small groups in Haiti, even if the purpose is not specifically to work with H.E.R.O.  We want all to come and enjoy what Haiti has to offer, and to learn about a wonderful country, culture, and people.

Thank you Lina for your commitment to the orphans of Haiti, we are grateful for your work and we hope to see you again in the near future!


Steven M. Kirby, Ed.D

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