Wednesday, March 6, 2013

We've got Legos!

Look at all the Legos I've collected for our first Lego camp in Haiti! A big MERCI to the members of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Fairfax, VA, the Meade family, and Sam and Theo!

I'm still collecting them if you've got some to share!
Julie Akey with Legos for Haiti
Legos for Haiti

Monday, March 4, 2013

Collecting books in French

I am collecting all types of books in French too add to our mini-library at school in Haiti. Books are such a luxury in Haiti and people rarely read for pleasure. Children don't have access to books, and I've never seen a library in Haiti. We started a mini-library at the school where children and teachers can check out books, but most of them are in English. We desperately need books in French for the children and community!

Ask your French teachers, talk to your French-speaking friends, check out your local used bookstore! Contact me if for a mailing address to send them.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

New Playground Equipment in Haiti!

Thank you  to those who donated toward the new playground equipment for the children at Gentille Hirondelle elementary school. The children finally have a place to play!

Legos for Haiti

Do your children have Legos they no longer play with? Can they share some with the children in Haiti? 

I'm collecting used Legos to have a Lego camp with the children in Haiti. When I brought some of my sons' Legos to for the girls in my Haitian host family this past August, they had no idea what to do with them. They had never built anything! I realized that if they weren't used to building and creating things, the other Haitian children probably weren't either, so the Lego idea was born. 

Because there are so few learning materials at school, children learn by memorizing. They don't do anything that is hands on nor creative. My goal with the Lego camps is to teach some basic engineering skills to the children and also teach them creativity. I'll post pictures of their creations.

If you have Legos to donate, please contact me for the address.