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McKenna Weathers Serves on a Mission Trip to Sainte Suzanne

March 23, 2018

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This was Teens for Haiti's seventh annual mission trip to Haiti. (photo Credit: McKenna Weathers/ used with permission).

This was Teens for Haiti's seventh annual mission trip to Haiti. (photo Credit: McKenna Weathers/ used with permission).

This was Teens for Haiti's seventh annual mission trip to Haiti. (photo Credit: McKenna Weathers/ used with permission).

During the Academy of the Holy Names’ Mini Course Week, Saturday March 10 until Friday March 16, Mckenna Weathers (‘18) joined Teens for Haiti on a Mission Trip to Sainte Suzanne. Teens for Haiti is an organization that helps raise money for various projects that help improve the economy and community of Sainte Suzanne.

This year, the group of teens traveled to Sainte Suzanne in order to interact with all aspects of their community and discuss with the parish priest, Father Volvik, about planning for future projects. They have plans to renovate an old building owned by the parish into a computer and learning lab to help teach adults English in order to help them get jobs.

Weathers said, “I went to North Carolina the last two years and it was a great experience, but I wanted to go to Haiti because it was my last opportunity as a high school student. I am so glad I made that decision because it was such a great experience” (Photo Credit: McKenna Weathers/ used with permission).

During the first two days of their trip, they organized bags of rice, beans, and cooking oil to deliver to the sick and elderly who are homebound. After they delivered the supplies, they were invited into their homes to pray over them.

Another day, the group attended mass in the town of Bois-Blanc. This mass was special because it was a celebration of the feast of the children.

Weathers said, “I hope that later in my life, I can still have a role at Christ the King so I am able to continue to do service in Sainte Suzanne, Haiti.”(Photo Credit: McKenna Weavers/ used with permission).

During the remaining days of the trip, the group visited three schools that are all under the jurisdiction of Father Volvik’s parish of Sainte Suzanne. The teens brought crafts and games which they did with the younger students of the schools. Leftover supplies were donated to the school for the teachers to use later in the classrooms. After activities, Mckenna and the other missionaries served lunch to all of the students.

 

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