I am so, SO excited to share my Haiti experience! This December Paul and I spent a week with Paul’s parents and a wonderful team of volunteers supporting Village of Hope Haiti. People from all over the U.S. (including some of my fantastic girlfriends!) donated Christmas gifts and supplies for the children, and our team had the honor to transport, prepare and deliver the Christmas gifts to 600+ students who would not otherwise receive any gifts.
When I was first getting to know Paul a few years ago I fell in love with him for many reasons and in many moments. One of those moments was hearing him talk about his previous experience in Haiti. His blue eyes lit up with joy when he talked about the children at Village of Hope. How could a girl resist? After we got married, we spent six crazy months volunteering at an orphanage in Thailand. But finally going to Haiti and having the joyous light reignited there was so special. I will always admire the Maree Family’s incredible heart for Haiti and am so thankful that they have shared it with me.
This trip actually inspired us to start seriously researching adoption! Its something that we have always wanted to do and we will be doing some soul searching to figure out what our best adoption path might be. From what I can tell, younger couples like us are not allowed to adopt from Haiti, but there are so many international and domestic options to explore. We are very excited to begin the journey and would absolutely love to hear from anyone with adoption/foster knowledge/experience/contacts/resources to help us begin!!!
I usually don’t post so many photographs, but there is just so much beauty and cuteness to share! I hope you enjoy these photos and that the children’s sweet faces will bring you joy and inspiration.
To start off, here are some scenes of beautiful Haiti.
This is Hope House, where we stayed and spent the first couple of days working to assemble and organize all of the Christmas present bags!
This set of photographs was taken at Little Children of Jesus, an orphanage for children with special needs. LCJ is run by Food for the Poor and Village of Hope provides some financial assistance. Connecting with these beautiful, loving kids was the most meaningful part of the trip for me. The girls loved C who is currently living in Haiti with her family. The girls also loved me and my sunglasses! This set of photos is from an afternoon spent at the Village of Hope School.
We got to attend the Kindergartner’s wonderful afternoon assembly and distract them! We got to see the school lunch hall and the children enjoying the colorful frisbee plates of rice and beans.
Many of the kids wanted their pictures taken and would swarm around Paul and me waiting for a turn! Of course, Paul and I had to grab some photos with the cuties, too! We also delivered gift bags to all of the wonderful Health Center staff members For our last day in Haiti, we returned to the school for a special Christmas celebration! The children performed songs and dances for us and we also performed some carols for them. Then we spent the rest of the day helping Papa Noel (Santa) deliver the unique gift bags to each grade of boys and girls. It was so amazing to share in the children’s joy and excitement.