Become aware of how much others struggle to simply survive.
In the village of Montrouis, there is no running water or electricity in homes. To get water children are often sent to the river or to a well to retrieve water in buckets.
This water is used for cooking, bathing, washing clothes, AND drinking. Water is not always clean and can make the people very sick.
Homes are made of cardboard, tar paper, and pieces of tin or plastic patched together to form tiny, one room shacks. Some have cinderblock walls, but almost all look like they could
crumble with just the smallest storm. Floors are dirt, and a piece of ripped cloth often serves as a door. As many as a dozen adults and children may live in one shack. Families share cramped sleeping space on the floor or rotate sharing beds.
Toys: A Universal Symbol of Joy
You will be happy to know that resourcefulness and creativity is alive and well among the children of Haiti! As you may have guessed, toys are relatively rare in Haiti. The children who receive gifts from their sponsors are often blessed with the first, and perhaps only, toy they will ever receive in their lives. However, the need to play is no less real in Haiti than anywhere else on earth. So Haitian children are left to do what American children did in generations past—they make their own toys. Two very popular homemade toys among Haitian kids are plastic bottle cars and bottle cap doll furniture. Plastic bottle cars are typically made by using a water bottle or oil can for the body, lollipop sticks and bottle lids for the wheels and axles, and a simple string to pull the car along. Children usually fashion their doll furniture by flattening metal bottle caps, fastening them together with clear tape, and molding them into the shape of chairs, tables, beds, etc. Some of these young artists take the craft even further by fashioning furniture out of carved wood and thatched palm leaves. All of these creative works serve as a testament to the creativity and imagination of the Haitian children, who prove to all of us that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make something truly special!
Map of Haiti, see Montrouis- northwest of Port-au-Prince
"Pataje ak pѐp Bondye a ki bezwen ѐd."
"Share with God’s people who need help."
|For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
-Matthew 25: 35-36
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