Visiting two women who manage homes for children in Haiti brings a lot of joy for our Programmes Manager, Ailish’ O’Reilly.
Friday morning, we are in the mountains of Kenscoff, visiting Mayo woman Gena Heraty. It is a wonderful visit as always, and only completed when we meet some of her 29 children, including the more lively characters like Innocent; Gerdy; Yvonne and her handbag; little miracle man Jeff; and singing, smiling Fernanda. It is a visit of laughter, camaraderie and chat at a little Irish home in the middle of Haiti, with the best of both cultures mixed to fill a house with love. Many hugs later, we say our goodbyes and are on our way.
We are off to Fond Parisien to meet another warm and wonderful woman, Yvrose Telfort Ismael, and her husband Pierre Richard. Most of their 37 children are in school, and those that are on break or finished for the day are over to welcome us. I haven’t seen some of them since the Volunteer Programme in April when we completed the kindergarten. This is the building they took shelter in during Hurricane Matthew, and it has withstood the storm very well. Yvrose and Pierre Richard are very grateful to their Irish friends for what they have done for her family and the community in Fond Parisien.
These are two places in Haiti we love to visit as they warm our hearts.
To our visitors – John, Gerry and Danny – may the road rise up to meet you and may the wind be always at your back. You have travelled 4,107 miles from home to hear this story. Please take the news of Haiti and our work here home to Ireland and spread the good news.
A lot of what has been achieved has been thanks to the support of people in Ireland: go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir!