Our students are learning the basics of sewing. During the pandemic, they made and gave away over 2,000 masks. They are learning pattern making, the mechanics of the sewing machine, and eventually will be making school uniforms.
All students in Haiti wear uniforms to school. There aren’t traditional stores to purchase uniforms; all are sewn by artisans. Not only will this provide our students with more affordable uniforms, students will have marketable skills. Some will hopefully go on to more advances seamstress training.
The sun is free. Briquettes and wood burning hurts the environment. Propane is expensive. Learning and using solar cooking is a WIN-WIN. Students learn to protect the environment in one small way. They learn how to save money. They learn how to provide for themselves in these chaotic times.
We have just finished our third class of students. Our teacher is a former solar cooking teacher. Upon completion of the solar cooking classes, students receive pots and solar cookers with a commitment to use and report on their use each quarter.
Most women in Haiti cook over open flame, so learning to bake is a special skill. Knowing how to bake helps our students become more employable in food establishments.
Gardening in containers brings a new dimension to our students. This is a pilot project. Four students volunteered to try to cultivate their “green thumbs”. Supplies and seeds were provided. Being able to grow vegetables at their dwellings adds to their wiser food choices. Container gardening has proven to be a sharp learning curve and will be an ongoing challenge.
Each year, our students participate in a community-wide tree planting endeavor. It is one way our students can give back to their environment. Erosion, which leads to disease, is a major issue in Haiti. Tree planting is a way to change that narrative. Trees help with erosion, which provides more green space and a healthier country. Be a part of “give one- plant one”.