On Saturday, April 20, 2019, twenty members of the Ormstown 4-H Club made barns quilts, succulent gardens and Teresa Groenewegen Caza gave us a presentation about la Fondation Haut Saint-Laurent Haiti. This event was held in Ormstown at the Rec Center.
When we painted our barn quilts, we had to let the paint dry and while the paint dried, we made some buttons to represent what we like most about 4-H. When we finished our buttons, we would go back and check on our barn quilt. We could make as many as three buttons each. While letting our barn quilt dry, we played ringette with a wooden stick and a roll of tape.
After that, Sebastien from Jardin Torride in Chateauguay came in and talked to us about succulent plants. We each had our pots, and we could pick five plants to arrange in our planters. Many young members were very interested. We did this activity to enter our projects into the Ormstown fair in the home and garden section.
To elaborate on the presentation that Teresa Groenewegen Caza gave us we learned more about la Foundation Haut-Saint-Laurent Haiti. We learned a lot of things like, in Haiti, they speak French and Creole, they didn’t have a library and people don’t have enough money to afford backpacks.
However, Mrs Caza has helped change that for certain schools. People around the Chateauguay Valley donate things that they don’t need to those that they could use it more in Haiti. The foundation sends five barrels filled with books, backpacks, clothes, etc. They send barrels every 2 to 3 months. They also send kit bags with two pairs of underwear, towels and something to help them with their menstrual cycle and educate these girls a little bit more about it as part of Days for Girls.
La Fondation Haut-Saint-Laurent Haiti deals with mostly girls because the boys have sponsors and it’s a nice way to give to the community in Haiti and give these girls a chance.
The Ormstown 4-H Club donated $476 from their square dance competition and club fundraising to the foundation after the presentation. The club is also collecting used backpacks for the foundation.
If you would like to know more about this organization or give a helping hand, you can visit their website: www.fondationhslhaiti.com.
Haylie Trepanier, press correspondent of the Ormstown 4-H Club