Monday, November 16, 2009

Small Haitian World

I attended a Heifer International Workshop in Arkansas 2 weeks ago and met a guy from Haiti who was volunteering at the Heifer Ranch*. Yesterday I met a woman at my church who has gone on many trips to Haiti and visits the couple I stay with. I mentioned the Heifer Haitian to her and told her his 1st name, and she said '1st name last name?' Lo and behold it's the same guy. Small world. My new church friend is going to teach me Kreyol! I've got my plane tickets for Jan 4 - 30 and am putting together 4 page bird guides that I'd like to give to each child I meet. Reality is that there are a gazzillion kids so I will just give one page of the guide to each kid, and they can share. I'm sure I'll run out of guides.

*I highly recommend the workshops. If you have a student showing promise in international work consider sending him to one - I can hook you up with the Heifer college liason.
**I've also discovered the secret of finding books written in French - searching by French words & titles. On Abebooks I found a bunch of children's bird books written in French.


Sparkling Squirrel said...

Go salsis!

Molly said...

Wow, you've really made quite a committment to work in Haiti... I admire you for that. How did that come about? And why birds? (If you don't mind me asking)

salsis said...

It started as a missions trip 3 years ago when I realized someone could make a living taking people on birding tours. It turned into teaching basic ecology to whomever shows up! This will be my 3rd trip. They don't have any other obvious wildlife except birds. My blog about it is