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Spring Break Impact Trip Day Five Blog Post by Jennifer Ridgeway – 3/17/17

By Brandon Griffin | March 19, 2017

Spring Break Impact Trip Day Five Blog Post by Jennifer Ridgeway – 3/17/17 I am honored and again inspired to participate in another Haitian Initiative Impact Trip and so appreciative of the US State Department for offering these cultural exchange opportunities across the world.  I celebrate this program as it recognizes the importance and value of utilizing sport to empower kids, improve lives and unite communities ~ aligned with the mission of The Sanneh Foundation.…

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Spring Break Impact Trip Day Four Blog Posts – 3/16/17

By Brandon Griffin | March 19, 2017

Spring Break Impact Trip Day Four Blog Post by Emmett Adam – 3/16/17 After a day of playing soccer with local Haitan boys, driving through the countryside, and climbing through a waterfall we all hoped to rest up for the next day. However, two rooms had a rude awakening when both Ben and Ceci interrupted everyone’s sleep at 2:00 AM with violent vomit. We got past this and were later on our way to some much-needed rest…

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Spring Break Impact Trip Day Three Blog Posts – 3/15/17

By Brandon Griffin | March 16, 2017

Spring Break Impact Trip Day Three Blog Posts – 3/15/17 Lath Akpa’s Blog Post We went to the waterfalls today through the mountains of Haiti. It was a very long drive but it was equally beautiful with amazing views. When people tell me about Haiti, it is always about the ruined neighborhoods and destruction, but today the team and I were very fortunate to see a different side of Haiti. The waterfall was taller and…

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Spring Break Impact Trip Day Two – Blog Post by Ikey Forsgren – 3/14/17

By Brandon Griffin | March 15, 2017

Today was our first full day in Haiti. We started the day by going to the Musee du Pantheon national Haitien, the national history museum of Haiti. It was a great experience that gave me and my fellow visitors a terrific insight in to the history of Haiti and the events that have caused it to be the country it is today. Something that stood out to me at the museum was the picture of…

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Spring Break Impact Trip Day Two – Blog Post by Gabe Sirek – 3/14/17

By Brandon Griffin | March 15, 2017

Spring Break Impact Trip Day Two – Blog Post by Gabe Sirek – 3/14/17 When you meet a new person, most of the time it is awkward and hard to get a conversation going; but today I learned something different. Although I was from a different country, I was welcomed by friendly hands of Haitian children. Some had goals while others wanted to meet a new person. Some wanted water, which I had to sadly…

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Spring Break Impact Trip Night One – Blog Post by CeCe Lindsey – 3/13/17

By Brandon Griffin | March 14, 2017

Spring Break Impact Trip Night One – Blog Post by CeCe Lindsey – 3/13/17 You can’t make it big, thinking small like a insect. And oh, let me tell you there are a lot of those here. We arrived from Fort Lauderdale after leaving the bad weather behind in the Midwest. We departed at 3:30 am and thought we wouldn’t make it out of our first connecting flight from Chicago – but we did and I added impact trip…

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Spring Break Impact Trip – Day 1 Blog Post by Ben Carlson

By Brandon Griffin | March 14, 2017

Spring Break Impact Trip – Day 1 Blog Post by Ben Carlsson – 3/13/17 As the plane eased onto the runway, I looked outside through the tiny window and I saw a giant mountain. At the foot of it was a bunch of houses, unlike any houses I have ever seen. They looked very clumped together, but not in an organized way. They seemed smushed together. Walking down the stairs towards the baggage claim, the…

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Haitian Initiative Impact Trip Q&A with Brenna Akkerman

By Amy Kuehn | February 28, 2017

Haitian Initiative Impact Trip Q&A with Brenna Akkerman Q:  What were your first impressions when got to Haiti for this Impact Trip? A: I went to Haiti three years ago for my first trip. It was a lot similar to how it looked when I first went but I did think it looked better in terms of the garbage in Port Au Prince especially. My two friends that came with it, for them it was…

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Learning Lessons from the Haitian Children

By Amy Kuehn | February 28, 2017

Learning Lessons from the Haitian Children Feguenson Jean is 14-years old and plays as a midfielder on the Haitian Initiative U16 boys team.  He has been with the program since it began in 2012.  His broad smile can illuminate the darkest room.  A sixth-grader at Foi de Job school in Cité Soleil, his favorite subject is French.  Although he loves to study language, Feguenson is drawn to mechanical things and hopes to work on ‘mechanical…

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HI Impact Trip By Andy Wattenhofer – 1/18/2017

By Amy Kuehn | February 10, 2017

HI Impact Trip By Andy Wattenhofer – 1/18/17 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 We started Thursday off with a plan to visit an observatory restaurant at the top of the mountain just to the south of Port-au-Prince. After a long and bumpy ride through the city streets, our driver turned onto the zig-zag mountain road. The further we got from the core city, the more the homes increased in size and luxury. And then at the…

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