Today was a big day because 109 students received brand new, shiny shoes! Thanks to everyone who responded to my blog “new shoes, a new start,” your response was a huge blessing to our students.
The way it worked was all the teachers made a list of the students in their classes who needed shoes the most. The teachers are the ones working with the kids everyday, so I knew I would be giving the right kids shoes by having the teachers listing the needs. Once I received the money, I went to the downtown market in Port-au-Prince with my friend Fanfan and a third grade teacher, John, with our “list.” The list had 109 children in need of shoes and after 3 and a half hours inside the market, we left with two large bags stuffed full. I kind of felt like Santa Claus as I unloaded the bags at the school that afternoon.
Today, we handed out the shoes and it was a great success and so much fun replacing worn, torn and dirty shoes with brand new, shiny black shoes!
Love from Haiti.