The Village Experience (and of course, all of your support at Alluem Yoga!) I am ready to absorb all I can while I'm here - the people, the culture, the history, the beauty of the land. I'm ready to explore, to learn, to bare witness with my own two eyes and lend my hand where it is needed. I feel so blessed to be on this journey. There really are mountains beyond mountains here.
Incase you're following along, here's the intinerary:
December 1 - Arrive in Port au Prince International
Airport. City tour upon arrival. Check into locally owned and operated
hotel. Welcome dinner at Presse Cafe with friends of TVE.
December 2 - Depart in the morning for the drive to
the North. Arrive to Cap Haitien in the evening.
December 3 - Enjoy a city tour of Cap Haitien, the
old city, local marketsand much more throughout the day. Spend the
afternoon on a hike to the mountaintop fortress of Citadelle Laferrière
and the San Souci Palace – both designated UNESCO World Heritage sites
December 4 - Project day with Sonje Ayiti in
Limonade.The mission of Sonje Ayiti is to uplift Haitian communities
though education, economic development, and health promotion. Learn
about the adult literacy program, operation goat, university scholarship
program, economic development projects, and the micro-credit loan
program. This promises to be an educational and inspiring day of
December 5 - Project day with GARR near the
Dominican Republic border. GARR stands for Support Group for Refugees
and Repatriated Persons. It is one of the few organizations to work with
Haitians and Dominico-Haitians (Dominicans born of Haitian parents) who
have been forcibly removed from the DR and left to fend for themselves
at the border. GARR provides them with emotional support and practical
help. GARR visits imprisoned migrants and offers them legal assistance
and informs their families of their situation. It also raises awareness
about trafficking through radio broadcasts and public debates to
encourage people to pressure the Haitian authorities to reduce the
trafficking of people.
December 6 - Enjoy the beaches of the North Coast
today and free
time to reflect.
December 7 - Morning departure for Port au Prince.
December 8 - Transfer to Jacmel in the morning. Stop in Fondwa to check on projects and visit the orphanage and university.
December 9 - Spend the day with the Art Creation Foundation Center for Children. Help paint the walls of the new site with the children. Visit the Arts Festival in Jacmel to support local artisans.
December 10 - Free morning, visit the Jacmel Children's Center. Leave for Port au Prince. Farewell dinner.
December 11 - Transfer to airport.