For people across the United States, November is a month of gathering, reflecting, and giving thanks. As we come together to share meals and make memories, we are reminded of the importance of the people who surround us. Human beings need each other — we are a social species, driven by a desire for love and belonging. Our communities provide us with that love and sense of belonging.
For our students and staff at Institution Mixte Le Phare des Anges, the Terre Noire community is the source of companionship.
Who makes up a community? In Terre Noire, there are countless people who come together to support one another. In addition to the students, who are young, eager, and full of life, there are parents who work tirelessly to support their education. There are caretakers, such as those at Le Phare Orphanage, who dedicate themselves to feeding children in need. They provide shelter and comfort to those who are most vulnerable. There are the teachers, who come to work every day with the desire to empower the next generation of leaders. There are the cooks who feed the hungry and provide nourishment to those who have been hard at work. There are the guards who protect those around them from those who wish to do harm. There are the elders who wave to those who pass them on the streets, sharing a smile and their wisdom. There are people who love one another and walk hand-in-hand through the difficulties and triumphs of life in Haiti.
As we spend this season of thanksgiving enjoying each other’s company, let us reflect upon our friends in Haiti with communities just as vibrant. We are grateful for those who have shaped who we are and who make our lives fuller.