Good Child Today… Good Person Tomorrow

As we complete the second full month of the Barefoot School in Cité Soleil, Haiti, our staff administers tests – midterms, if you will – to the hundreds of students who comprise our student body.  The original 100 children we planned to serve has swelled to as many as 300 and we keep our doors …

And Still They Come…

When my friend first suggested that each of us ‘needs a break,’ I blew him off.  He’s right – as he usually is – but each of us has so many things to do that effect so many people.  Still, the more he talked about it, the more I felt like it would be good …

First Day of the Barefoot School

After months of study, research and planning, I am pleased to announce that our friends at the Guepard Boxing Club in Cité Soleil opened the Barefoot School this week.  While we still have much work to do, we are very grateful to the families and individuals who have opened their hearts and purses to help …

First Responders Rising

Within hours of posting our plea earlier this week to support the Barefoot School – our learning center in Cité Soleil, Haiti – I received a call from Gail Megaloudis Rongen, Chairman of the Board of the Nicole Megaloudis Foundation.  I am more than pleased to announce that Gail has authorized the Nicole Megaloudis Foundation …

Barefoot School

We have been supporting the Guepard Boxing Club of Cité Soleil (GBCCS) in Haiti since 2017. With our financial assistance in 2021, GBCCS was able to provide four meals each week to approximately 200 children after a 60-minute training session.  Our farm project in the Arizona desert has ‘taken root,’ and is beginning to produce …

Rights of the Child

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted and opened for signature and ratification in November 1989 by the UN General Assembly.  It was officially ‘entered into force’ almost a year later in September 1990, over three decades ago.  Article 42 states that governments must actively work to make sure children …

A Toy Story

As the Polar Express steams by Herpolsheimer’s department store – the England Brothers of my youth in Pittsfield, Massachusetts – the kids on the train stare in wonder at the store’s window displays filled with magical Christmas visions.  “I want them all,” the ‘know-it-all kid exclaims referring to the abundance of extraordinary gifts and toys. …

Shoes

In America, we take many things for granted.  In recent years, our sense of entitlement knows no bounds. About a year ago, my friend Justin posted this picture of four homeless Haitian boys sleeping on the streets in Cité Soleil with this commentary… “…are they the ones who make the choice to live like this?… …

Never Too Old to Learn

I love language.  Though tempted to learn Esperanto – a constructed, international auxiliary language – I focus my current efforts on Haitian Creole. Many years ago, I coordinated trips for well-intentioned Americans to visit Haiti for one week.  The visitors could participate as ‘instructors’ in ‘English classes’ given to the Haitian children. After several trips …

How We Want to Live

“O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come unto you.” Psalm 102 As a daily Mass attendee for six years, I’ve recited Psalm 102 many times as a responsorial psalm to daily readings.  I thought about it this week when my friend Justin posted this picture from our kitchen in Cité Soleil, Haiti. …