Team Guepard Summer Camp, 1st Edition has been running smoothly in Cité Soleil, Haiti for a month now, and our supporters have funded it through the end of August to keep 150 children active until school starts again in September. We are feeding the children twice a day, six days each week. Last week, we realized that in addition to food and arts and craft supplies, we needed medical supplies. Donors stepped up with gifts to fund that important need. Many items on the original camp budget went unfunded as we justifiably prioritized food, pencils, paper, crayons and other things to bring value to the camp. One unfunded area is personally important to me: a trip to the national museum.
The National Museum
Jaru, Justin, Apino and their staff originally proposed to take the children to The Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien (MUPANAH), which is the national museum of Haiti located in Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital. Very few of these children have left the boundaries of the slum in which they live. To visit the museum in the capital city would be an extraordinary experience for these children. As importantly, few know many details about the rich history of their nation. I have personally visited the museum three times and find it fascinating. It is difficult to see beyond the confines of the ghetto, but I am certain that these kids would find great value in a trip to MUPANAH and would return to Cité Soleil with a greater appreciation for their country and their heritage.
I recall the wonderful museum in my childhood home of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. I visited it often and still remember displays, art and artifacts that encouraged me to study history and to appreciate and remember the past. As I am fond of quoting Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Elie Wiesel, “To forget denies the relevance of the past.” I remember visits to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and to the American Museum of Natural History in Central Park in New York City. They are memories I will never forget.
We can create the same memories for 150 Haitian children. Jaru and the staff can arrange transportation for the children and the 15 monitors who volunteer at camp every day, purchase admission tickets and finish the day with refreshments in Port-au-Prince for $900. That’s $6 a child, a far cry less than what it would cost you to take your child or grandchild to a nearby museum of this magnitude. As I mentioned in the previous post, our till is empty after we raised the money for medical supplies. If you would like to join our team and help bring these kids to their national museum, please donate now. No child should be denied the opportunity to understand the history of his country. Please help if you can. Donate now.