Season of Advent / Hope
We are all about HOPE. It is the Season of Advent and this is our week of Hope for Clean Water for Haiti. It is so easy to write about this because; honestly I see glimmers of hope in everything we do here in Camp Marie. For fun, I searched hope and found this perfect definition – a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen. Aspiration, wish and ambition were the synonyms alongside Hope. I love these words.
I was so pleased to be here for the final Technicians Training class of the year. Our two attendees came from Beaumont, Grand Anse, which is due west from us and took the guys over 10 hours on tap-taps and motos to get here. I loved seeing them so happy with their accommodations in our newly finished guesthouse. I wondered about their aspirations and wishes for the week.
Banal and Romere have been water technicians in their region for quite some time, yet their employer made the investment for them to come here to receive more training. They both are humble, gracious students and eager learners. I think their boss sees ambition in each of them. This is hope.
Thony is one of our employees, loyal to Clean Water for Haiti for over 12 years. He was responsible for training our students in the manufacturing facility and on deliveries this week. Thony is a trusted trainer and valued for his skills and knowledge by his colleagues and the students. Thony started working in the yard. Now we tap into his expertise and he shares his gift of teaching and training with our students. His desire to succeed, Thony sets his own expectations of the kind of employee he wants to be. We find hope again.
It rained on Thursday, I absolutely love rain. How unusual to have showers in December in this part of Haiti, we are not complaining. Memories of a 5-month drought in years past were talked about. More rain means wells are filled, rivers can flow, gardens are still lush and gardens are still growing. We can live with the extra mud.
As the week comes to an end and our students are preparing to make their journey home, we can reflect on the many glimmers of hope we shared together and our expectations met. Even on the tough days and a host of setbacks that make it difficult, we remain hopeful. Because what we do here matters. We do it together with a shared vision, and we are all full of HOPE because without it, there is not much. Not much at all. Wishing you all the beauty of HOPE this season.
8/12/17 kim snyder