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Green Day

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DSC_8536 I’m reminded today of how the Caribbean never ceases to amaze and enthrall, with its fickle summertime weather and sudden flashes of serenity.

DSC_8545During a Sunday morning jaunt around Frederiksted – the small, sleepy, seaside town a mile away, brought somewhat to life for the sake of a visiting cruise ship – in search of an iced coffee and some socialization for Juno (loyal canine companion), I barely glanced at the heavy rain clouds amassing along the hilltops inland. Continuing our amble through the town – stopping at frequent intervals for Juno to declare her love to every passerby and canine-deprived tourist – along the waterfront, the water clear and calm, perusing several small stores, chatting with friends and assisting lost tourists…finally settling in the bustling courtyard of Polly’s to sip on an iced mocha…the sun shone. Upon the tourists, the vendors selling jewelry, nick-knacks, and t-shirts, upon the group of five stray dogs who ducked into an alleyway, upon the rooster sauntering down Strand Street, upon the historic buildings, their facades faded to pastel hues, the sun shone.

DSC_8540Just a mile away there existed an entirely different world. A world where the plants reached up to meet raindrops, few at first, large, heavy drops, rapidly becoming an impenetrable tropical downfall. Roots swelled beneath the soil, drinking in the rains until–the thirst of a drought-ridden year quenched–they let the water go, running first in rivulets, then streams, down every slope, into every gully, rushing, rushing towards the sea.

DSC_8541The mongoose pokes out his nose, from the dry shelter of a massive fallen tree. He sniffs the air, taking in the fresh new world. There will be good hunting today, as the small critters abandon their burrows, sipping raindrops from fallen leaves, drying their wings in now-gentle sunlight.

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Coffee Morning!

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12065520_10208334938154732_117546738831539162_nDon’t miss our Coffee Morning tomorrow (Sunday), 10am-noon! Your $10 donation gets you a delicious wood-fired cinnamon bun (fresh from the on-site oven) and your choice of coffee, tea, or lemonade. Your donations will be going towards Good Samaritan of Haiti‘s scholarship fund, to pay for another year of technical school or college for their hard-working students.

By giving some of the top students in the village the opportunity of higher education, the Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti is helping to improve quality of life for the entire community: these students will return to their village as nurses, teachers, engineers, electricians, and more. The community is already benefiting from the work of an agronomist, aided through university by GSF, who is improving nutrition through better farming practices and the management of a poultry operation yielding meat and eggs for the community.

12120209_10208366576625674_3204837282863057835_oPlease come out to support this important work in Haiti – a nation still struggling back to their feet after many political and natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake, and more recently the mass expulsion of people of Haitian lineage from the Dominican Republic. GSF manages to do a lot of work on a very small budget, so every little counts!

Also at the Coffee Morning will be a table of Nidulari products and baked goods, Queen CariBEE jams, jellies, and honey, local ceramics, and Haitian arts and crafts.