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Monday, October 1, 2012

Back to School!

Hello Everyone!

It has been an absolutely incredible month in Haiti!  I spent 3 weeks at the H.E.R.O. property in Maniche, constructing the new H.E.R.O. Youth Development Center!  It was a truly exhilarating experience with many ups and downs, but overall it went very well!  We are not yet finished with the EcoShell, but we will continue working towards our goal of finishing it before the end of the year!  In the meantime here is a post wrapping up the past month, and I will be posting some updates from the construction process.  I will share with you our incredible experiences, from sleeping in wheel barrows, to driving backwards in Les Cayes!  For now, here is a brief update on all things H.E.R.O.!

H.E.R.O. now has 9 orphans in our care!  They are Franky, Gary, Billy, Robenson, Jude, Dayanna, Luckneau, Woldison, and Woldjimy!  Today is the first day of school in Haiti!  Michele spent her weekend helping all of the children prepare for this big day!  She helped organize their backpacks, wrap more than 100 books in protective plastic, and made sure each child had the necessary supplies!  The school day operates from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM, and then after lunch and some daily tennis lessons, we have hired 2 teachers to provide tutoring from 2:00 PM-6:00 PM every weekday!

Our summer finally over, we have much to be thankful for at H.E.R.O.  Our children successfully participated in tailoring and culinary arts classes, excelled at their tennis lessons, and have grown by leaps and bounds academically!  Furthermore, the H.E.R.O. Annual Fund in July was able to raise over $27,000.00 for the continued operation of our programs!  We are thankful for all of our supporters who continue to help us provide for the neediest children in Haiti.  Thank you!  And now enjoy some photos from the building of the H.E.R.O. EcoShell in Haiti!       

Luckneau in Maniche!

Steven and Dan Getting Ready to Build!

The Airform!
Putting on the Concrete!

Some of the Neighborhood Kids

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