May 18th was Flag Day. Parents, teachers and students prepared a day of festivities starting with the whole school parading up and down the Matènwa road.
- “Flag Day makes me think of how we used to be enslaved but we broke those chains of slavery.
- “Even though we are free, we are still not totally free because we are dependent on other countries.”
- “We are an occupied country.”
- “Perhaps we are physically free but not mentally free.”
- “Our French education system is still colonizing us.”
After much music and food everyone moved outside to watch our soccer match. The sun set with clouds moving in, promising rain.
We hosted a Lynchburg College group, and one student from Brown University. We welcomed back Owen, a Lesley College student doing cultural and language immersion for the next 3 months. He is volunteering in our computer lab.
Members of Courageous Women, Women Artists of Matènwa and MCLC attended a conference of over 500 people called “Mwen se Ayiti Tou” (I am Haiti Too) sponsored by the Jean Robert Cadet Restavek Freedom Foundation and the Maurice Sixto Foundation. The conference was a call to action to end the Restavek system in Haiti. This event encouraged us in our work to promote dialogue and non-violence in our communities.
Sincerely, Co-directors Chris and Abner, Secretary Millienne