One of the challenges I’ve had here is learning names. At least in conversation, I can get a general grasp of what’s going on and recognize most words but their names have no context and are completely foreign. There’s an occasional Melissa, Joseph, or Marie Fleur. But here are some examples of the more interesting names: Baby love, Maille-Love, Love-Kendy, Ketterline, Kars Dadjenaelle, Woose Tamalie, Wood-Guerlie, Schernandez, Vladmyr. I know the names of just about all the seventh graders and most of the troublemakers in the school- you hear their names being called out more and the rest I’m gradually getting to know.


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This blog is about my year in Haiti. I came here not speaking the language, not having a clear idea of what I will be doing to a small, impoverished country in the middle of a crisis. Haitians have A LOT of sayings and one of them is Piti gren fe gro pie bwa, which means a little seed makes a big tree. I hope that my time here will be fruitful and also to participate and observe as Haiti grows and flourishes as well. Seeds need a lot of time, a good foundation, and help from others to grow.
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