After being treated for malnutrition, the siblings find a new home at St. Anne's. November 16, 2016 - Haiti
This past January, Féniel* and his young brother Francilus* joined our NPH family. At just 3 and 6 years of age, the two of them were not doing well. Their mother suffered a heart attack and passed away the previous year. Their father tried for months to find work and a means by which to provide for the two young boys, but long days of searching for work meant the kids were left alone to fend for themselves. With unemployment over 40 percent in Haiti, there were no jobs to be found. Several months passed and their living conditions deteriorated as they ran out of money to pay for even the most basic necessities. Féniel and Francilus both grew fatigued and got very sick. The father heard about the NPH Haiti Father Wasson Angels of Light program and came to ask for help in saving his sons lives. Social services was quick to investigate the case and found out that the Francilus was not just sick, but severely malnourished. They were able to get both boys to the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital where they were admitted. Upon the father’s request, after the hospital, the boys then entered the St. Anne Baby house which is where NPH houses children from age zero to 7 years old live.
Féniel is now feeling happy at NPH home
Currently the two active boys are doing great, and feel very happy. According to the Féniel, they used to only eat once a day and even then it was normally just some rice. But now Féniel says he eats a lot and knows that this will make him grow and become strong. The caregivers have taken a special liking to the boys, as they do most children, and say that their favorite food is rice and beans “diri kole ak pwa.” They’re also not quite sure how they eat so much!
At NPH Haiti we take seriously the needs of our children, and we do not want to see any of our children suffer from hunger. So, food for our children has always been one of our top priorities. We have taken several severely malnourished children into our care. We know that there is a large amount of people who are suffering from hunger in our country. We always make sure that we provide daily meals to all the external children who come to our schools, and we make sure that our employees are getting food.
Féniel and his young brother Francilus, will be spending their first Christmas at NPH Haiti. At our home, our Christmas festivities start in the beginning of December. The children will start a series of mini games that all contribute to the overall competition which takes place on Christmas day. These mini games are great in that they get the children excited for Christmas and help them to see what the season is really about. They get to do typical things like make piñatas and draw Christmas cards, but they also get to clean their houses and take care of the yard, or dishes in an effort to earn points towards the competition. It is a very friendly affair and one in which the winner is celebrated by all on Christmas day and everyone is happy.
Piñatas – These are rooted in Mexican culture, and are brought to Haiti by the Mexican visitors/volunteers.
Competition – At the home the administration staff organizes a talent show for the children. They are split into several groups to write their own songs, and they repeat this almost every day only to perform at the end of the day on 25th. There will be judges to give the final say of who the winner is.
Nine days of processions 16th through the 25th – This represents the children thinking about the life of Jesus life, respects are paid, as well as several prayers said.
On the 24th at NPH Haiti (St. Helene) Fr. Rick Frechette goes to the home in the evening to celebrate Mass with the children. On Christmas Eve, children wear their newly cleaned shoes and attire. The administration staff bring gifts for the children.
Christmas Day is a day with a lot of eating and drinking, singing, competitions and playing with the toys brought by Santa Claus “Tonton Nwèl”. According to Féniel ,“ This year I want to have new pants and shoes from Tonton Nwèl and a ball to play soccer”.
*Names changed to protect privacy.
Denso Gay Communication Officer
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