We were invited to attend the TeacHaiti’s school opening ceremony today.
Driving to the school prior to 8 o’clock we saw little Haitian children in their school t-shirts with shoulder bags hanging on their shoulders, anxiously walking to school with their hand holding tight onto their parents.
Looking at these beautiful and innocent kids I could only take long pauses, trying to go through their minds, wanting to know what was going on.
I could only guess that they were eager to find out what school was about for the first time.
After the ceremony the children were touring the classrooms and spending time in a restroom (yes it took place in a restroom) for a lesson on how to use the toilette, the sink, and flushing the water.
Imagine these 6-10 years old children have never seen a toilette before. Kids were having a great time playing with the toilette and flushing water.
TeacHaiti is a non profit organization founded by Miquette Denie, who I mentioned in my last blog. She is an inspirational personality.
The school is funded by donations from 250 different sponsors who are mostly from overseas. TeacHaiti is a Grade 1-4 school with approximately 40 kids with capacity of 75 kids, and they provide kids a hot meal/day.
One hot meal/day for children is the primary motivation for parents to send their kids to school.
My camera was pointing to a 7 years old boy in a bright red t-shirt, his eyes wide open, looking straight at my lens for a long time. Then he broke out the brightest smile I’ve seen since my first day in Haiti. I showed him the picture and his smile went even bigger and brighter as his future will be as bright in years to come.