Mealtime with Family

What’s make Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs, NPH Haiti, a Family!
October 18, 2017 - Haiti

The kitchen is always busy

Families work hard to provide the best education for their children and promise them a better future. At Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs, NPH Haiti, we believe that making this happen is an imperative!

I spent some time with the women who work hard every day in the kitchen to prepare delicious meals for the children of St. Helene. I quickly noted that this is not an easy job and it is done in incredibly warm conditions, but they enjoy doing it for the kids.

The typical meal prepared by our chefs includes rice, chicken (twice a week), corn and beans, covered with a delicious sauce. If it is an exceptionally tasty meal it will likely include fish, and sometimes, mashed eggplant, cheese, stewed vegetables or often, vegetable soup. The kitchen ensures that milk is served daily since it is a vital staple for healthy and growing children.

NPH Haiti provides food to approximately 435 children and youth from the home, three times a day, and 528 daily lunches are served to our community students who attend the St. Helene school. Then, they serve additional meals for the employees, approximately 165 staff, who dedicate their work to the wellbeing of the children. There are currently 16 people working in the kitchen every day and two at nighttime.

After these moments in the kitchen, I walk over to the homes where small groups of kids are together to enjoy this good meal that was prepared especially for them.

As they wait for the meal to be served, I can see that they cherish the moments with their best friends and sit side by side, sharing their stories with each other and their secrets, what they did well that day and what they didn’t do so well that day. One of the kids made it a point to share with me, “We learn forgiveness when we offend a friend. Then we go and apologize.”

As family, I can see that they accept each other as they are, they forgive and forget, they laugh and they love. They share in these mealtimes as any other family does, building relationships with their stories and secrets!

Denso Gay   
Communication Officer

You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson




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