Have Faith Haiti Mission & Orphanage https://havefaithhaiti.org A Special Place of Love and Caring Thu, 06 Feb 2020 15:32:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 What Oscars? We’ve Got Our Own Film Festival https://havefaithhaiti.org/news/what-oscars-weve-got-our-own-film-festival Thu, 06 Feb 2020 15:32:47 +0000 https://havefaithhaiti.org/?p=13383 An annual highlight of the school year, our students are treated to a documentary film festival celebrating the work of independent storytellers who provide educational, and thrilling, perspectives to explore. Designed by school director Cara Nesser, the festival takes place at the start of winter term and is guided by different thematic lessons.

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An annual highlight of the school year, our students are treated to a documentary film festival celebrating the work of independent storytellers who provide educational, and thrilling, perspectives to explore. Designed by school director Cara Nesser, the festival takes place at the start of winter term and is guided by different thematic lessons.

After each film, students have discussions, and then participate in activities that relate to the film, adapted for each grade level. High school students, for example, write opinion essays and learn more about documentary filmmaking. Just like at Sundance, ballots are distributed for students and teachers to vote on a scale of 1 – 4. At the end of the week, the scores are tallied, and the movie with the most 4s wins “Best of the Fest!”

Monday, February 3

Film: Spellbound (2002)

Eight youthful competitors, sponsored by their hometown newspapers, travel with their families to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Now in the national spotlight and under heavy pressure to perform from parents, teachers and their audience, the children struggle to advance toward the championship — and its accompanying scholarships and cash prizes — while approaching competitive spelling with the focus and intensity of Olympic athletes.

Shown to: Primary 1 – 4, Collége 2, Secondary 1 & 2
Theme: Putting Yourself Out There & The Rewards of Hard Work
Notes: We so love our English and French spelling bees, and this showcases real diversity in the students’ backgrounds.

Tuesday, February 4

Film: Apollo 11 (2019)

Never-before-seen footage and audio recordings take you straight into the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission as astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins embark on a historic trip to the moon.

Shown to: Primary 2 – 4, Collége 2, Secondary 1 & 2
Theme: Imagine it and make it real
Notes: A Sundance award-winner, it took 6 years to make and is a compilation of footage shot back in the day of the entire Apollo mission from start (idea) to finish (bring hime the astronauts from the moon). The footage was in archives at NASA since the 1960s. Watching it is like watching the mission come together in real-time.

Film: A Reindeer’s Journey (2019)

Ailo, a newborn reindeer, embarks on an incredible odyssey with the help of his mother.

Shown to: Kindergarten, Pre-Primary 1 & 2, Primary 1

Theme: Survival and courage
Notes: For the younger students who haven’t learned about space yet.

Film: A Reindeer’s Journey (2019)

Ailo, a newborn reindeer, embarks on an incredible odyssey with the help of his mother.

Shown to: Kindergarten, Pre-Primary 1 & 2, Primary 1

Theme: Survival and courage
Notes: For the younger students who haven’t learned about space yet.

Wednesday, February 5

Film: 1st Position (2011)

Six young ballet students, all from different backgrounds, prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, a competition in which dance schools and companies from around the world scout for new talent.

Shown to: All classes except pre-school

Theme: Working for your dream; Endurance

Thursday, February 6

Film: Inventing Tomorrow (2018)

Passionate teenage innovators from around the world create cutting-edge solutions to confront environmental threats.

Shown to: Primary 1 – 4, Collége 2, Secondary 1 & 2

Theme: A universal look at using science to solves problems
Notes: It is a wonderful and inspiring film, especially for our kids who love science. Several of the kids featured are from third world countries.

Friday, February 7

Film: The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

A couple are followed through their successes and failures as they work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles. Over the years, the desolate they purchase begins to thrive and its transformed.

Shown to: Primary 1 – 4, Collége 2, Secondary 1 & 2
Theme: Embrace the unknown/cope with problems
Notes: A model for sustainable agriculture

Film: The Elephant Queen (2019)

Athena is a mother who will do everything in her power to protect her herd when they are forced to leave their waterhole. This epic journey, narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, takes audiences across the African savannah, and into the heart of an elephant family. A tale of love, loss and coming home.

Shown to: All classes except pre-school
Theme: What makes a leader?

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Remembering Haiti’s Devastating Earthquake, 10 Years Later https://havefaithhaiti.org/news/remembering-haitis-devastating-earthquake-10-years-later Sun, 12 Jan 2020 21:00:00 +0000 https://havefaithhaiti.org/?p=13371 As the calendar marked the decade since the 7.0-magnitude earthquake, we remember the day by giving voice to the memories of the children at Have Faith Haiti who have never forgotten. You can watch the short video below. Mitch Albom also brought attention to the attention that must still be paid with an editorial in […]

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As the calendar marked the decade since the 7.0-magnitude earthquake, we remember the day by giving voice to the memories of the children at Have Faith Haiti who have never forgotten. You can watch the short video below.

Help is needed more now than at any time since the earthquake itself. We have the luxury of forgetting. Haiti and its children do not. Hear the stories from our kids at Have Faith Haiti Mission

Posted by Mitch Albom on Sunday, January 12, 2020

Mitch Albom also brought attention to the attention that must still be paid with an editorial in the Los Angeles Times:

Opinion: Helping one child at a time in Haiti 10 years after the devastation

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — It’s been 10 years since Haiti suffered the magnitude 7.0 quake that killed over 300,000 of its people and left more than a million displaced. The scale of the destruction left the Haitian economy, its government and daily life indelibly changed.

January marks two important days for our family at the mission. On the 9th, just a few days before the earthquake, is Chika’s birthday. She would have been 10 this year. Mitch wrote about the bittersweet remembrance as well, in the Detroit Free Press.

Chika’s birthday bittersweet, 10 years after Haiti earthquake

How do you celebrate a missing loved one’s birthday? How do you mark a date that used to be so happy and now is fraught with sadness and nostalgia? I know so many people who have lost family members, a byproduct of getting older myself, and when their birthdays come around they are filled with ennui. Some host commemorative parties. Some post old photos. Some visit cemeteries. Some just want to be left alone, to think about the years that might have been.

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Celebrating World Photography Day https://havefaithhaiti.org/news/celebrating-world-photography-day Mon, 19 Aug 2019 22:15:20 +0000 https://havefaithhaiti.org/?p=13278 This spring, a photography elective was offered to high school students at the Have Faith Haiti Bilingual School. This is the first year a high school cohort and program were offered at the mission school, as the children have both gotten older and progressed academically to reach a standardized high school level! Different lessons called […]

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This spring, a photography elective was offered to high school students at the Have Faith Haiti Bilingual School. This is the first year a high school cohort and program were offered at the mission school, as the children have both gotten older and progressed academically to reach a standardized high school level!

Different lessons called for different subject matter, but please enjoy just a few snapshots of nature in their environment, especially the smallest life among them!

Photo credits to Junie-Anna and Esterline

Junie-Anna and Esterline at the Have Faith Haiti mission

Junie-Anna vs. Birds

Though they invaded her favorite reading spot on the swing, they still received a beautiful treatment here.

Speaking of winged creatures… 

 

… And those with legs

Shifting perspectives

What’s up there, and what must come down

Grow, grow, growing from the earth!

 

Valiantly holding back on all fungi / fun guy jokes… 

 

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The Spelling Bee Turns Six https://havefaithhaiti.org/news/the-spelling-bee-turns-six Sun, 21 Jul 2019 20:55:19 +0000 https://havefaithhaiti.org/?p=13245 The annual spelling bee at the Have Faith Haiti Bilingual School is both a year-end celebration of our students’ language advancement and a fun way for teachers to evaluate students’ spelling skills. Inevitably, some familiar faces make it to the final rounds and in keeping with tradition, the students’ excitement in preparing usually means a […]

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The annual spelling bee at the Have Faith Haiti Bilingual School is both a year-end celebration of our students’ language advancement and a fun way for teachers to evaluate students’ spelling skills. Inevitably, some familiar faces make it to the final rounds and in keeping with tradition, the students’ excitement in preparing usually means a few ties!

Please enjoy this recap of the 2019 Bee, held on June 14th

Junior Spelling Bee – Primary 3

In an epic nail biter, we ended with a FIRST EVER four-way tie. After conquering words like “catalyst,” “phosphorus,” “supernova,” & “primordial soup,” Lorvens, Danois, Bettinie, and Djuline couldn’t be defeated and all emerged victorious after four rounds. Nickenson, the runner-up, was eventually eliminated by the word, “conjugate,” but fought a good fight!

Intermediate Spelling Bee – Collége 1

Samanza, Enolyka, and Louvenson all advanced to round five with ease after spelling words like, “Neanderthal,” “Mesozoic,” “Quaternary,” & “homonyms.” Ultimately, Samanza succumbed to the word, “heterotroph,” and Louvenson was knocked out by “Brachiosaurus.” Enolyka prevailed by correctly spelling, “Caribbean & Pleistocene” to take home to honor of champion.

Senior Spelling Bee – Collège 2

The competition began with the triumph over words such as, “shoals,” “arthropods,” and “brief” during the first round. Appoloste and Widley both sailed through round three, when Widley was suddenly overthrown by the word, “symmetry.” After skillfully spelling words like “permeable” and ultimately, “detritus,” Appoloste emerged victorous. According to Appoloste, “It feels like a dream come true!”

Advanced Spelling Bee – Secondary 1

The Secondary students started off strong and mastered words like, “cantankerous,” “umami,” & “benelovent.” After losing three contestants in round two, Esterline, Junie-Anna, and Chivensky progressed to round four. Chivensky ultimately came out on top as the champion after spelling, “monotheistic.”

 

BONUS – JUNIOR WORD MASTERS!

Junior Word Master is a new activity this year, which the kids play every week to advance to different levels and win different stages of the game. To do so they try to see how many words they can make from one of their science words. They’ve been playing all year long, and two of our students have emerged as the winners by total. Congrats to Bettinie and Danois on their achievement!


NOW OPEN FOR 2019 – 2010 SCHOOL YEAR:

Click the image to give.

 

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Counting Sheep Just a Little Better https://havefaithhaiti.org/news/counting-sheep-just-a-little-better Wed, 10 Jul 2019 20:56:03 +0000 https://havefaithhaiti.org/?p=13258 In April, Gardner-White Furniture and Sealy kindly donated 50 new mattresses, as well as a large sectional sofa. Perhaps you caught the story earlier: Well, they have finally arrived! They were driven to Miami, and from there shipped in a container to Haiti. It can take some time to clear customs, but they arrived in […]

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In April, Gardner-White Furniture and Sealy kindly donated 50 new mattresses, as well as a large sectional sofa. Perhaps you caught the story earlier:

Well, they have finally arrived! They were driven to Miami, and from there shipped in a container to Haiti. It can take some time to clear customs, but they arrived in early July. New bed bunk frames were purchased by the mission, and the students helped to build them. And while we watched the fireworks in the US on Independence Day, they slept their first night in the beds! They’re thrilled with their new sleeping digs!

We’re really grateful that people here in Detroit care so much about people who are a half-a-world away!

 

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Michigan Colleges Alliance Presents Mitch Albom & Special Friends https://havefaithhaiti.org/news/michigan-colleges-alliance-presents-mitch-albom-special-friends Fri, 31 May 2019 22:15:17 +0000 https://havefaithhaiti.org/?p=13227 This event is a fundraiser for scholarships for students from the Have Faith Haiti Mission to attend college in partnership with the Michigan Colleges Alliance. VIP patrons are invited to an exclusive Meet and Greet with Mitch Albom and Dave Barry before the event and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer & wine. When Friday, August 2, […]

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This event is a fundraiser for scholarships for students from the Have Faith Haiti Mission to attend college in partnership with the Michigan Colleges Alliance. VIP patrons are invited to an exclusive Meet and Greet with Mitch Albom and Dave Barry before the event and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer & wine.

When
Friday, August 2, 2019
6:45 pm: VIP Meet & Greet in the Community Engagement Room)
8:00 pm: Main Event

Where
Great Lakes Center for the Arts
800 Bay Harbor Drive
Petoskey, MI 49770
Map

Cost
$200 VIP / $100 ALL SEATS

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STEAM Week Take 2! https://havefaithhaiti.org/news/steam-week-take-2 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 17:06:56 +0000 https://havefaithhaiti.org/?p=13179 Dan Wenkel and Dr. Beth Robelia, dedicated science teachers from Minnesota, returned with fellow educator and art teacher, Chris Weihe, for another engaging STEAM week in March. STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art, & mathematics, is tightly coupled with innovation and experiential learning. The trio brought down 14 suitcases packed with supplies, including […]

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Dan Wenkel and Dr. Beth Robelia, dedicated science teachers from Minnesota, returned with fellow educator and art teacher, Chris Weihe, for another engaging STEAM week in March. STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art, & mathematics, is tightly coupled with innovation and experiential learning. The trio brought down 14 suitcases packed with supplies, including 3 sewing machines, K’nex, snap circuit kits, and more. The week’s focus entailed experimentation, problem solving, building, failing, and persevering. As the kids reflect, it was recognized as, “THE BEST WEEK EVER!”

Dan and Beth had the youngest students building with giant Duplo Legos, launching paper rockets and predicting flight projections, color mixing, building race tracks, and engaging in countless hands on activities. Beth used candy and “fact family” cards to teach our preschoolers addition and subtraction, which the students loved.

Older students examined samples under the microscopes that were brought down during their previous trip. Students also engaged in an engineering challenge where they were grouped and given the task of creating the most durable yet cost effective tower. Students were offered materials like wooden posts, rubber bands, wire, glue, and rope, which they could “purchase.” After understanding various design constraints, students began calculating the cost of their supplies before building. At the end of the week, the towers were tested. While some were crushed under pressure, many survived and our young engineers are eager for larger scale engineering challenges.

Students were taught the importance of recycling fabric, especially clothing. Students became fabric engineers and designed, cut patterns, and actually sewed articles of clothing and accessories for the youngers students. Creations were modeled during the end of the week fashion show. The boys also sewed cushion and couch covers for the living room couch.

Ms. Chris discussed upcycling and taught students to fuse plastic grocery bags with an iron to create purses, pencil cases, and durable bags. Students also learned how to make paper and created ecofriendly paper seedling cups. Students intend to plant seeds in them, and once sprouted, students will place the cups inside garden where they’ll naturally decompose.

Additionally, students were taught how to print images on fabric. They drew images, traced them with silicone to create a print plate, applied ink, and pressed their images onto fabric totes, creating unique designs. Ms. Chris taught the kids the importance of addressing value, along with positive and negative spaces in art. Students also learned about background washing and the various ways to paint with water colors. After school, individual art tutorials were given to the interested aspiring artists.

The kids weren’t the only ones to benefit from the week. The guests taught our nannies how to operate the sewing machines that were kindly donated. They also blessed our teachers with countless educational resources and professional development, where cognitively guided instruction techniques were discussed.

One of the most impressive projects was the garden renovation. With the help of Dan, the mission has a new and durable garden. An eavestrough was placed to guide water into a series of barrels that make up the water collection system. A composter was built so that students can place food scraps and leaves from the yard within to produce rich soil.

ROCKET MAN PEOPLE

Launching paper rockets!

UNDER THE LENS

Josue reviews the microscope lesson

 

RECYCLING FASHION

UPCYCLING: FROM PLASTIC TO FASHION

FABRIC PRINTING

SEEDLINGS

Enolyka and Lorvens using homemade paper to produce eco-friendly seedling cups

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Holiday Happenings at Have Faith Haiti https://havefaithhaiti.org/news/holiday-happenings-at-have-faith-haiti Thu, 27 Dec 2018 18:00:12 +0000 https://havefaithhaiti.org/?p=12961 Holy exclamations, Batman, that’s a lot of alliteration! But there was also a lot of spirit as we celebrated the holy season. Over the weekend we honored some of our sports folks. We broke bread together on Christmas eve, and Manno, home from college for the first time since he started last semester, sat with […]

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Holy exclamations, Batman, that’s a lot of alliteration! But there was also a lot of spirit as we celebrated the holy season.

Over the weekend we honored some of our sports folks.

We broke bread together on Christmas eve, and Manno, home from college for the first time since he started last semester, sat with the little ones.

No Christmas day celebration would be complete without a Nativity scene and short play.

The littlest sing “What a Wonderful World”

Junie-Anna delivers a rousing sermon about the meaning of Christmas, and gets photobombed by a skinny Santa!

And music and dance performances from The Band (not that one) and a dance group!

Appoloste, Edney, Nahoum, Louvenson, and Chivensky
They did their own choreography!

We hope your holidays were as warm and festive for you as they were for us. We’d like to thank you for all of your support in 2018, and all that you make possible.

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Learning How to Care for Our Planet https://havefaithhaiti.org/news/learning-how-to-care-for-our-planet Sat, 22 Dec 2018 02:30:02 +0000 https://havefaithhaiti.org/?p=12942 Last weekend, students at Have Faith Haiti were treated to an all-day field trip to an ecological reserve called Wynne Farm.  Taking a multi-faceted approach to nature preserve, Wynne Farm is one of the few nature attractions, ecological parks, environmental schools, and yoga retreats in Haiti. Wynne Farm is located up the mountain south of […]

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Last weekend, students at Have Faith Haiti were treated to an all-day field trip to an ecological reserve called Wynne Farm.  Taking a multi-faceted approach to nature preserve, Wynne Farm is one of the few nature attractions, ecological parks, environmental schools, and yoga retreats in Haiti. Wynne Farm is located up the mountain south of Port-au-Prince amidst breathtaking ambiance. Its mission is to teach students, farmers, and visitors locally and globally about conservation, reforestation, and sustainable organic farming.  

During the trip, sponsored by Dr. Richard Keidan of Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI and friend of the mission Patty Anderson, students toured the farm and visited with the animals, all while learning about the benefits of environmental stewardship. 

They also went horseback riding, hiking, learned a Brazilian & martial arts dance, made earrings from recycled plastic bottles, and converted recycled paper into charcoal bricks!

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A Week of Scientific Exploration https://havefaithhaiti.org/news/a-week-of-scientific-exploration Tue, 18 Dec 2018 16:14:56 +0000 https://havefaithhaiti.org/?p=12887 Science Week came to Have Faith Haiti, thanks to Dan and Beth Wenkel, two scientists from Minnesota who devoted an entire week to different science projects and lessons for students at every education level.  First and foremost, a lesson on safety. Mirlande and Jimmyna found the goggles cool enough to wear at night, too! Our […]

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Science Week came to Have Faith Haiti, thanks to Dan and Beth Wenkel, two scientists from Minnesota who devoted an entire week to different science projects and lessons for students at every education level. 

First and foremost, a lesson on safety. Mirlande and Jimmyna found the goggles cool enough to wear at night, too!

Our youngest learned how to use pipettes and test tubes, a great first lesson for future chemists! They also made pinwheels, which may one day inspire them to help build stronger and more efficient wind turbines. 

Dan and Beth even brought microscopes, turning our classrooms into mini laboratories. Students not only examined their first set of samples  under the microscope, they learned all about how the devices worked. 

These chemists learned about ph levels and mixed acids and bases to form new brightly colored solutions using a red cabbage indicator, lemon juice, drain cleaner, soap, and vinegar

Our young engineers used connects and learned about hydraulics to build bridges and machines that would move when powered by pistons and water.

And don’t forget about Bianka’s foray into circuit boards (don’t worry, we never lost power during any experimentation!)

And last but not least, we couldn’t have a science week without a little daydreaming about the final frontier – space! Well, they did a little more than day dream, they learned how to build rockets. They measured the angle of rocket flight with PVC pipe and soda bottle rocket launchers, and experimented with nose cones and fins to determine how a rocket’s design and mass will affect the rocket’s flight. We’re NASA-ready…

We’re so grateful to Beth and Dan for advancing STEM at Have Faith Haiti. Many of our students already loved their science lessons in geology, biology, and earth science, and now with their generosity of time and dedication, we were able to explore chemistry, engineering, physics, and aerodynamics

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