[Monday] we taught the Haitian children the English colors and numbers. It was an amazing experience to teach the more than 50 students we had gathered. Halfway through reviewing the colors, we noticed one diligent student in the back of the room who had brought his coloring page back from the day before, and he was resourcefully using the back to write down the names of the English colors we taught. His thirst for knowledge and perseverance was so admirable.
In the United States, students and teachers can sometimes take for granted the vast ability of resources and access to education. But, in Haiti, their quest for knowledge is so inspiring. I know I will be a better teacher in the United Stats for having experienced education in Haiti.
I keep returning to Haiti because I feel at home here. It is my happy place, my home away from home. When I rounded the corner and I saw that the new school had been built, it was unbelievable. I was filled with joy, amazement, and proud of the people of Monarch for having the perseverance to continue and see this project through to completion.
One of the things that I have appreciated most on this trip is their willingness to never give up when trying to share about their way of life. Yesterday, a few girls from the town taught me how to play their own version of a game. We didn't speak the same language, but we were still able to play and laugh, and the excitement on their faces as I caught on was priceless. Through coming to Haiti, I have learned so much about the universality of the human spirit.
Thank you for the wonderful reflections, ladies! Stay tuned for more!!