Friday, April 29

More pictures from Haiti

Beth Lenke who is a friend of Tina Dubuque sent me a few more pictures of Charles Dubuque most recent trip to Haiti. You can see the volunteers handing Ste. Genevieve du Bois Jerseys and Soccer Balls to the kids. How wonderful!

Pictures of Charles Dubuque who does so much with CRUDEM and they are (two) Warson Woods residents, Chaminade Jr. Charles Dubuque Jr. and Villa Senior Annie Basler, and Town and Country resident and Priory Jr. Brad Lenke.

Here is the all story:

Parishioner Patti Kennedy found many old Ste. Gen soccer jerseys that had been sitting around (perhaps in the athletic dept. store room?) for about 8 years. She laundered them and asked if they could be put to good use in Haiti. Charle Dubuques and his wife have strong connections to the CRUDEM foundation, which supports a hospital in Milot, Haiti that his father got running in the late 1980s. They make a trip there every year. Charles sent the jerseys to a nun in the village of Milot who stores items in her convent and distributes them to villagers as needed.

Here is a note from Charles' Wife Tina:

We found some of those jerseys from Ste. Gen while we were in Milot late Feb/early March on a mission trip, joined by parishioners Liz and Annie Basler. What's more unbelievable was when Annie opened the box of jerseys, which one should be on top was #10 -- the number she wore while playing CYC soccer for Ste. Gen.! What are the odds?

Anyway, some of them have been distributed. Soccer is pretty big in Haiti, and the village of Milot even has a soccer field that hosts games. In the picture I sent Paulette is one youngster wearing one of the Ste. Gen jerseys.

We have pictures of soccer balls my son collected at Chaminade and brought on our trip this year. We drove to small communities and handed out about 5 soccer balls to each. We have some great pictures of our teens playing soccer with the locals. It was a wonderful way to spend time with them. Although they speak mainly Creole and very little English, words are unnecessary when you toss out a soccer ball and children and adults alike filter out of homes and get in the game. Everyone was all smiles. We left the soccer balls and a pump in each little community for them to share. My son thought it would be a source of entertainment in an area that lacks electricity and even basic plumbing/running water. It was an incredible afternoon spent in the private world of these villages that none of us will ever forget. They are a joy-filled people, and you leave them with a sense that good things still abound in this world."

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