As the facilitator of LOVE Takes Root I have a lot of trips back and forth to Haiti. Which means I have a lot of time setting on a plane. Below I will share some of my plane reflections from my trip back this past week. As I compare the despair and sadness leaving La Concorde Orphanage in Port-Au-Prince in 2011 with the love and smiles I have while leaving La Concorde in Jacmel in 2016, it seems like such a quick journey. Although at the time having the knowledge of children with no clean water, food, shelter or healthcare made [...]
I am writing this as I look at the beautiful water crashing on the shores of Jacmel. This is the second week of a mission and teaching trip to La Concorde, the orphanage,school and clinic that partners with LTR. Haiti time had a whole new meaning this March visit. In the past Haiti has followed day light savings time. So they would be on Eastern Standard Time. This year however a decision was made not to "spring ahead". This would not be a big deal if they had told the world clock and the airlines. SO if you use your [...]
On our blog we do not only want to give you a glimpse of mission trips and project status, but a journey with LOVE Takes Root as an organization. As the facilitator I am learning with you and gaining insight daily. Growth is often measured in size. We weigh and measure a baby often to document their growth. We measure the number of employees to define the growth of a new business. We visualize the growth of the tree as it reaches for the sky. We talk about the growth of a person in wisdom and knowledge. You hear many talk [...]
Yesterday was one of the days you have in life where you are just filled with comforting spirit. I as facilitator of LOVE Takes Root drove across Iowa to meet with Christy who is a Professor at Coe College, and who is interested in learning about May Term opportunities for students. And also a sister with a donation to memorialize her sisters. We met at a coffee shop in Cedar Rapids. Christy arrived and had her 16 year old daughter with her since it was trimester break. We sat down and I heard the painful story of Christy's sisters. Sarah and [...]
Sharing one of the blogs that was written by BVU Student Haley. She spent her J-term in Haiti at La Concorde. She is majoring in education. In Haiti at La Concorde she taught a lot and learned a lot. The children loved the opportunity to share moments and LOVE. A Walk to Remember Our days in Haiti are quickly coming to an end and I have been thinking about leaving ever since this weekend. I am ready in some ways to go home, but if I had the opportunity, I think that I would choose to stay here or adopt a few [...]
This is the week where you wonder how everything or anything in life gets done! The hustle, the bustle and programs every night. The joy in your heart and the ache in your legs. Cooking and cleaning and wrapping and baking! Sounds like reindeer names. Then the message is loud and clear from the Board of LOVE Takes Root: WE NEED TO RAISE THE REST OF THE MONEY TO FINISH THE SCHOOL. Just when I was ready to pack up the computer and close the lid I realize the commercialism of my life and the reality of the lives the children we [...]
LOVE Take Root Board Member Sean Barry and his family are doing a long-term mission trip at La Concorde this winter. They are working hard to mentor leadership at La Concorde into self sustainability and financial independence. Here is insight to the Start of this mission. Despite the lack of the comforts that we took for granted in the United States, like consistent running water, electricity and easy communication - we are loving our time in Jacmel - more than we could have imagined. There have been so many moments - like hundreds of moments- when I realized that I [...]
We have raised enough money to start the walls of the Secondary School. The vision of the school opening September 2016 is a reality. These walls will give the opportunity of education to all of our children at La Concorde and many more children in the community. LOVE Takes Root thanks all those who have given their $176 to make this happen. We now ask as you sit around the dinner table this Holiday Season and share our 176 Fundraiser with Family and Friends! We can make a difference. Giving is so much greater than getting. Enjoy!
No Turkey today but the joy of sharing blessings with the children of La Concorde. Taking each child out in multiple groups to have pizza and experience the laughs and joys and excitement made missing pumpkin pie worth it all. Everyone left with a full stomach and our mission team left with full hearts. It is a blessing to be on this journey with each one of you involved with LOVE Takes Root. The gifts so many have shared in many ways is the greatest blessings. LOVE Takes Root is Thankful.
Delva Walker Amichaday Grade: 6 Age: 13 Q: What is your favorite part about school? A: I really like learning, studying, and doing my homework. Q: What is your favorite subject? A: My favorite subject is History. Q: What is your favorite thing to do during school? A: I like my classes and playing at recess. During recess I like to study or draw. I also like to play football with my friends. I play football for the school and for my team called “The Superstars.” Q: What is the best part about being in sixth grade? A: I [...]