You never quite know where a dash of kindness will lead. Sometimes it means hope for someone struggling, an extra bit of income, or a new friend. For the students attending the Sant Ti moun Byenvini school near our Haiti North site, it meant full bellies and a whole lot of relief.
In early 2021, Haiti struggled with political upheaval and a contracting economy, all while still dealing with the devastating effects of COVID-19. The pandemic meant the country closed its borders, which cut off food supplies from the Dominican Republic and other international suppliers. Groceries became limited and expensive.
Parents even had trouble accessing materials for their small businesses, such as chicken feed. Very quickly, their only source of income was cut off.
Staff at our Haiti North site grew concerned for the children attending the school. The school was specifically founded for malnourished children, and it splits 82 of them between two classrooms.
But even in moments of darkness, there are moments of light. The light was on its way.
Through the generosity of Chalice supporters, the Haiti North site donated five bags of rice, oil sardines and beans – enough food for all the children for a month! The sisters and staff who run the Centre, previously faced with food and staff shortages, were relieved.
“I have no words to express ourselves,” writes a staff member from the school. “We take this in the spirit of gratitude to let you know that the children were happy for the donation of the food that was made to the center which we have been having difficulty feeding the children.”
What might only seem like a small dash of kindness can go a long way. Our supporters are making a difference.