This past Saturday was quite a busy one for the kids at the H.E.R.O. House. On Saturday morning we were invited to participate in a table tennis training session held by the Haiti Table Tennis Association, the governing body for ping pong in Haiti. Most of these sessions in the past have been provided for kids that have no experience playing. For this reason, it came as a great surprise to the coaches and trainers of the Association that our kids were actually already pretty good! As the session wrapped up we were offered the opportunity to bring our kids every Saturday, from 9:00-12:00 for training sessions. We readily accepted!
Immediately after the training session was finished, we hurried back to the H.E.R.O. House, ate lunch, and prepared ourselves for an in-house chess competition at 1:00! Our chess instructor, who is the Haiti National Chess Champion, brought some other students he has been working with to compete against the H.E.R.O. kids. Using these friendly matches, he was able to judge the level of our kids. Despite the fact that he has been working with these kids for longer than the H.E.R.O. kids, Robenson, Billy, Dayanna, and Luckneau were all able to win a few matches! We will continue to train every Saturday afternoon in preparation for the annual school-wide competition held in Haiti.
I am so excited to find these pockets of excellence in Haiti that are able to provide our children with such amazing opportunities to learn and apply knowledge. We are currently the fortunate recipients of first class tennis, table tennis, and chess instruction. Combined with our quality schooling and academic tutoring, the opportunities for our children to become successful are truly many. Want to help? Make a donation or sponsor a child at www.haitihero.org. With your help, we can continue to make a real difference in the life of orphans in Haiti.
Steven M. Kirby, Ed.D