It’s 5:30 am in Jacmel, and though the roosters are only beginning to lazily rehearse their crows, the children at Wings of Hope are wide awake and bursting with excitement. “Fèt la se jodi a!” The Wings of Hope dedication is today! Visitors from near and far are coming to participate in the dedication and celebrate the opening of the new Wings of Hope!
For six years the staff and residents at Wings of Hope have been dreaming about this day. After their home was destroyed by the earthquake in 2010 they’ve been living in temporary housing that was not designed for wheelchairs or for children who need to run, move, and play. But, despite the extreme gratitude felt for simply having a safe place to live, the moment the new plans were drawn up it was clear that their new house would be truly a home, made exactly and precisely for them.
In this new home, Vilner – despite his own limited mobility – can push his friend Teddy across the courtyard to get cleaned up after lunch. David can get to the activity room to play games all by himself, and Josephine can wash her own hands in the appropriately sized and installed sink.
This new home allows the residents at Wings the opportunity to accomplish these seemingly small tasks – tasks that most of us take for granted every hour of every day – with dignity and pride. It is a home that emphasizes a-bilities over dis-abilities.
As expected, the dedication service at the new Wings of Hope was a joyous and celebratory event. Nearly 100 visitors from over a dozen different local agencies attended, enjoying musical performances by the Wings children, cultural performances by a local dance troupe, a moving worship service, room blessings, and a delicious meal. The entire event was an affirmation of the years of hard work, prayers, service, and support that went into creating this new home for this very special family. We look forward to many, many more celebrations to come!
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Wings of Hope Dedication Photos!
Visitors from over a dozen different organizations traveled from near and far to attend the Wings of Hope dedication in Jacmel, Haiti.
Wings of Hope residents perform a song for the audience.
The talented and dedicated Wings of Hope staff.
Room blessings with Wings of Hope staff and residents and Hearts with Haiti board members.
Cultural performance by local dance troupe.
Wings of Hope dance party!