After dinner, Carol and Kelsey represented Nativity in a spirited game of Frisbee with five of the camp animators. Carly used her French language skills to discuss concepts of Haitian culture and customs and how much they differ from what we are accustomed to here in the U.S. The night ended with a game of cards on the front porch where everyone enjoyed each other’s company as well as a warm breeze.
The team awoke at 6:20 am to the sound of church bells. They were pretty tired this morning after a long day at camp yesterday in the Haitian heat. After 6:30 am mass, the group had a breakfast of potato and spinach soup, plantains, peanut butter, bread, and coffee.
Camp started bright and early at 8:30 am and began with Fr. Effener explaining the focus and theme of this year’s camp, “The Importance of Respect and Responsibility.” This year, camp will focus on respect and responsibility toward each other and toward their beautiful land. Fr. Effener especially emphasized the importance of values, morality, and the impact of their behavior. After Father’s lesson, our team and the animators worked together to lead the students in various traditional song and dance routines. The morning singing and dancing really energizes both the children and the instructors and gives everyone the opportunity to laugh and have fun with friends new and old.
As camp moved on, our team was able to assist with hand games, jump rope, and blackboard exercises describing letters and numbers in several languages. Carly, Kelsey, and Carol taught the little ones games and songs including “The Wheels on the Bus” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” John and Kelli had the opportunity to spend some time with other groups of students so that no one was left out of the fun.
This evening, Fr. Effener is planning to take our team on a trip to Gonaives where they will visit a hospital operated by the Sisters of Charity serving the poorest of the poor, the University of Notre Dame, and the Catholic Cathedral. They will dine in a local restaurant before returning to St. Anne’s for a well-deserved night of rest.
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