The KPP Annual Summer Camp, a Success once again.

The 2016 KPP Summer Camp was held at the Ecole Nationale de Figuiers , from July 4th through July 15th.

As in the previous year, 60 children, who had been selected by the administrators of the seven local schools on the basis of academic achievement, enjoyed two weeks of fun, togetherness and learning.

The camp was run by Frantz Jean, President of Konbit Pou Potapiman and by Mrs Paule Edline Orcel, Inspector in the local school system. They were joined by a staff of monitors, security personnel, cooks, helpers, janitors, bus driver to ensure a safe and valuable experience for the children.

The camp participants started each morning with a prayer, and a talk by Mrs. Orcel and Mr. Jean , discussing one or more points of the Theme of the week.

For the first week, the Theme  was:  Savoir Ecouter (Learning to Listen), how to give full attention to capture a message; how to transmit a message and interpret the information received.

And for the second week, the Theme was:  Savoir Choisir (Learning to Choose); making choices based on one’s preferences, one’s needs and one’s morals.

From 8AM to 2PM, the children enjoyed different activities which included:

Daily bus rides from and to the center of town,  Physical Activity (Aerobics, Soccer, Rope Jumping, Races…, Singing, Dancing

Embroidery, Crochet, Sewing, making paper flowers and necklaces, coloring, Puzzles, and using discarded plastic bottles to make brooms, flowers, jewelry boxes.

Swimming Trip to the Labeyi River

Raffles

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The children and Staff also enjoyed two hot meals a day.

Many  guest speakers volunteered to join us again this year to share their expertise with the children. They included:

Mrs. Violette Jean, Mrs. Witza Francois, Mrs. Leunine Lorcy,  3 nurses from the local hospital. In one session, the nurses discussed the spread of the Zika virus and the characteristics of the Aeges mosquito. The next week, they discussed the Typhoid Fever, a disease familiar to most of the children. At both sessions, the nurses  reviewed the symptoms of the disease, treatment options , and they placed emphasis on what children can do to prevent the spread of Zika and Typhoid.

Mr. Abraham Gentil, teacher of Social Sciences, addressed the children on two occasions on the early history of Haiti, up to the Emperor Dessalines seeking to meet the challenges of consolidating Haiti’s independence and shoring up the economy of the new nation.

Mr Phedeau  Lubin,  a specialist of the environment, spoke of the types of objects in our world, and the types of relationships that exist between them. He also met the children at the Labeyi  river to discuss the importance of plants; their different components, and how to grow plants effectively.

This year, Judge Bernardin Alcindor joined the roster, and advised the kids on the workings of the Tribunal de Paix, as well as the functions of the different people who work there.

These were very informative sessions not only for the children but also for the staff, who joined the kids in asking and answering questions from the guest speakers.

The children also got to appreciate  a visit from Mayor Raymond Pierre Louis and his assistants.  They encouraged the children in their efforts to do well in school.

Graduation day was the occasion for the staff of KPP to thank the parents for the trust put in us; to command the children on their academic performance and encourage them to always do their best.

In turn, the children executed many songs, dances, a sketch, to the delight of the assistance. They eagerly accepted the gift of a school bag for the coming academic year. They and the parents expressed their thanks to the staff, and enjoyed sandwiches and refreshments.

Another year, another successful Summer camp for KPP.

Our special Thanks go to Mrs Carolle Paul, Mrs Nicole Jean and Mrs. Paule Edeline Orcel for coordinating the work and to the Camp staff for their devotion to the children.

Konbit Pou Potapiman expresses their deep appreciation to :

JGR LLCopa of Hollywood, FL

Mrs. Marie Therese Boulos, Mr Fenold Appolon   , Mrs. Danick Verret, Mr Adeemir Dacenay, Mrs. Doris Izmery and Mr Jacques Frasil

for their unwavering support.

Konbit Pou Potapiman also thanks all the KPP members and supporters who helped make the Camp d Éte 2016 an unforgettable experience for our high academic achievers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Camp for the elderly in Port-a-Piment!

This year something new was introduced   “A Summer Camp For Adults 65 and Beyond”

The idea of having a summer camp for elderly people was conceived by Danie Lubin, a member of KPP who lives in Boston. Danie came up with the idea of a summer camp for kids five years ago which today is a great success.  She figured she could do the same for this forgotten group of people of Port a Piment.

When she called the president of KPP, Frantz J Jean, to make him aware of her intentions, the idea was well received. It was then presented to the board who did not hesitate to rally behind her to give her both moral and financial support.

On Monday July 18th it became a reality. The Adult Summer Camp was a place where elderly adults could go for a week to receive two meals each day and socialize with their peers, doing arts and crafts and singing.

On the first day twenty-eight adults attended and Dr. Eddy Jean Baptiste was on hand to check their blood pressure and also offer medical advice. They were then served breakfast and seated on a patio where they listened to KPP’s president Frantz J Jean and vice president Carolle Paul who shared with them the great idea proposed by Danie Lubin.

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On Wednesday night Danie had a party for them where people from the town of Port-a-Piment were invited, including the new mayor, Raymond Pierre Louis, and natives who had traveled from abroad. They were treated to appetizers and were serenaded by young guitarists who sang and played music where the adults were able to reminisce and participate by singing and clapping.

One week and the participation of 28, this is only the beginning. I know Danie is looking forward to next year where she will increase the number of participants and will be very successful in achieving her goal.

Best of luck to you Danie and wishing you great success.

Carolle

2015-KPP Summer Camp… A new chapter…

665_2386The KPP Two-week  Summer Camp has just completed its fourth year!!  The camp ran from July 6th to July 17th, and this year, was set to accommodate 60 children ranging from 7 to 12 years old.

As in the previous years, the participants were selected from all the schools in Port-a-Piment and were referred by their school directors on the basis of academic excellence. The kids traveled from as far as Potus and Paricot to attend the camp daily.

The daily routine included boarding the Dignite bus at 8 AM, in front of the Notre-Dame du Rosaire church, and under the supervision of  the KPP personnel. The children were then transported to the National School of Figuiers, which was chosen again this year, due to its setting, facing the sea, with plenty of trees and adequate facilities, including large classrooms, running water, a kitchen and clean toilets.

On the first day, the participants each received an ID badge, a numbered camp drawstring bag and a water bottle. This year, each child was assigned to one of five individual monitors, all local school teachers and each coming from a different school.

Each morning, the children were greeted by the Camp Director, Mrs Pauledline Orcel, and the KPP President, Mr. Frantz Jean, for the daily “causerie” . They were reminded of principles of savoir vivre and how to become a good citizen. The children then filed up to wash their hands and hold a short prayer in preparation for breakfast.

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The morning meal would consist of Chocolate milk, or, Oatmeal porridge, with Bread and Peanut Butter. Wednesday was Spaghetti and Herring breakfast day.

The monitors would then gather their assigned children for activities which included Arts and Crafts, Sewing, Word Games, Floral Art, Puzzles, Kite making, and learning songs from the Cahier de Chants de Marie-Therese.  Physical activities included games of soccer and basketball, jumping ropes, circles (rondes) , races and more.

On most days, a guest speaker visited the children for a talk on different important topics of daily living. We are grateful to the nurses of the local hospital, Mrs. Jean and Mrs. Abraham for their talks on nutrition, and on hygiene. We also appreciated the visit of Mr. Gentil, local school teacher who held two sessions on Civism, and Mr. Lubin who yearly educates the children on preserving the environment.  On the next day, a short question and answer session on the topic covered would guarantee prizes of pens, balloons, handkerchiefs and school supplies to the winners. The day before Graduation, a Raffle was held with even more coveted prizes of Teddy Bears, Flip Flops and toiletries.

Once a week, there was Outing  Day to the River Labeyi, which by the children’s accounts, remains the most enjoyable part of the camp and Helene tomba dans l’eau” the favorite song.

At lunch, the children delighted in a meal of Rice or Cornmeal with Bean Sauce, Herring, Sausages or Meatballs and a Fruit Drink.

After lunch was the time for  Änimation Culturelle””when the children would start preparing their contribution to Graduation day, and from where they left to board the Dignite bus back to town at 2PM.

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On Friday, July 17th, the children, parents, staff and members of KPP assembled for a simple Graduation ceremony that included songs, skits, poems and dances performed by the children. There were speeches by Mrs. Orcel and Mr. Jean, and a Thank You song by the parents. The children received a Certificate of Attendance as well as parting gifts of school supplies.  A reception of Sandwiches and Punch followed. When it was time for the Dignite Bus to take children and parents back to town, we were showered with  Au revoirs and  Thank Yous for a great time.

The children are hoping for a repeat performance next year.

Our thanks also go to Mrs Pauledline Orcel for her leadership,

To the monitors Francoise, Rafania, Odeline, Emiel, Joacine ;

to the Support staff Beanie, Lambert, Linet, Eliovil,

to the Kitchen Staff Nicole, Inelda, StRose, Simone,

to the helpers  Jonathan, Kelot, Anel, Elimont and  Jean.

Our gratitude also goes to the Director of the National School of Figuiers, Mr. Jacques Frasil, for the hospitality;

To JGR Copa LLC for its extraordinary contribution

to Mrs. Izmery for the gift of food

to Mrs. Verret for the gift of school supplies

to Mr. Appolon, Mrs. Boulos, Mr Desormeau and Unitransfer for the monetary contribution.

Our deepest gratitude to the directors of Food for the Poor-Haiti for their valuable contribution of foods and supplies.

A special Thank You to all the KPP members who contribute yearlong to this effort, and to those who each year travel from overseas to insure a smooth operation, Thank you to the team of Carolle Paul, Frantz and  Nicole Jean.