“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
-The Lorax (Dr. Seuss)
In preparation for May 1st, Labor and Agriculture Day, the kids began planting trees – “pyebwa” in Haitian Creole – around campus last Friday!
Throughout the month of April, the kids at Pwoje Espwa will be learning to care for the environment and the importance of agriculture through various other activities across campus. Community school children are invited to participate so all can learn about the significance and broader influence of caring “a whole awful lot”!
Assisting with these activities alongside other PES staff members is Romain Fanfan (pictured wearing a hat). Romain started working for Espwa prior to Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and has been an instrumental hand in the replanting of trees and other plants throughout campus over the last 2 years.
Romain lives in the local community and is a strong advocate for families in desperate need. When he is not working at Pwoje Espwa, he helps a local community church maintain an after-school program for community children that assists them with their education. Pwoje Espwa supports this mission with food so that students who attend other schools without a lunch program will have at least one hot meal that day.
In a country that has suffered from mass deforestation and whose economy is carried predominantly by farmers, teaching children about the benefits of planting even a single tree is a lesson that will influences future generations and the healthy future of the earth.