Archive for the ‘SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN PARENTS ADOPTING HAITIAN ORPHANS’ Category

LAMBI FUND OF HAITI

Karen Ashmore

Delegation is headed to Haiti.  I f you would like to be a part of this click below for more information.

Karen Ashmore Join Lambi Fund on a delegation to Haiti Oct 25-29. See details at http://bit.ly/4zwSXZ

INTERVIEW WITH KAREN ASHMORE/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LAMBI FUND OF HAITI

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO LISTEN TO KAREN ASHMORE GIVE AN UPDATE ON HAITI:Karen Ashmore

SUPPORT FOR ALL AMERICANS ADOPTING HAITIAN ORPHANS

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Greetings to all,
My name is Nicole Weaver.  I am Haitian American, my goal is to provide support to new adoptive parents of Haitian orphans.  I will  post Haitian menus, tips and many other helpful information to facilitate an easier transition for  your newly adopted children.  I am also an educator with 25 years of teaching experience.  I am fluent in Creole, French,Spanish and English.  If you have a question please feel free to post it.
Posted by Nicole weaver at 6:54 PM

5 comments:

Janet Ann Collins said…

Here’s something the adoptive parents might want to know:

Sometimes kids whose parents die are very sad, but they seem to deal with it okay. Then, many months later when they’ve experienced the permanence of death, they’ll suddenly fall apart. That happened to me when my father died. I was six years old when it happened and eight months later I read a book where an animal died and sobbed for hours. Nobody, including myself, knew why I was so upset. Another time something triggered one of my preschool students, whose father had died about seven months earlier, to do the same thing. This time her mother (whom I’d called) realized why the child was crying and helped her talk about her feelings. Don’t be surprised if that happens someday with the kids you adopt. If it does, recognize that they’re grieving for what happened because of the earthquake and encourage them to talk about it.

January 20, 2010 9:50 PM

Mayra Calvani said…

Hi Nicole,

Best of luck with your new and important blog. I look forward to stop by often.

January 21, 2010 4:54 AM

Susan Hornbach said…

Hello Nicole, this blog is a wondrful idea for the adoptive parents and their children. PTSD shows up in so many diverse ways. It could be anger, sadness, uncontrollable crying, withdrawl, state of shock, etc.

Then, there may be the nightmares of the Earthquake itself.

When my father died, I had dreams every night that he was still alive, and in the morning, I would be dissapointed all over again.

For all of the adoptive parents who come to this blog, I would like to say, you are Earth Angels for all of these beautiful Haitian children, who have now become Americans.

May God direct you, Bless you, help you to cope with all that comes down the road of parenting, and keep you in his light every minute of every day. My respect for you is infinite.

January 21, 2010 8:37 AM

Janet Ann Collins said…

In high school I had a friend who came to America live with relatives after WWII. He had been in a Nazi concentration camp and, because of the trauma, forgot how to speak German when he arrived here. He learned to speak English without an accent and never consciously remembered his native language. But when he took German in High School he had only to hear or read something once in order to learn it. Apparently that language was still in his subconscious. It’s not impossible that some traumatized children from Haiti might forget their native languages if they aren’t used with them here. If they do, they’ll be able to learn English and relearn their native languages later.

January 22, 2010 6:08 PM

Nicole weaver said…

Jan,
Thank you for this great post. I do appreciate it.
Blessings,
Nicole

INTERVIEW WITH GUERLINE PART 1

This is an interview with a young Haitian woman who  was  adopted by a Colorado family.  This is her story.

Part 1 Guerline

INTERVIEW WITH HAITIAN ORPHAN GUERLINE PART 2

This is an interview with a young Haitian lady who was adopted by a family in Colorado.  Click on the interview below to hear her story.

Interview

WORD FOR HAITI ANTHOLOGY

A group  from London decided to publish an anthology  titled “WORD FOR HAITI”  All of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the Lambi Fund of Haiti.  The editor , Yetunde Ruban made an appeal to poets, writers and artists to submit their work for inclusion  in this publication.  The  expected date of publication is July 17th, 2010.  The editor plans  to launch the book in London on  that day.

Feel free to join the group on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10150092777080046

I am happy to announce that one of my poems and a short story will be published in the anthology.  Please refer to http://www.lambifund.org/ for more information  about the organization that all the proceeds will go to.  I will keep everyone updated on the exact date the book will be released.   I am so looking forward to the publication of this book.   I am very pleased  that my students’ works will be included in the book too.   Since I am Haitian American, after the earthquake several of my students wrote poems and short stories .  Their actions moved me deeply,  the editor allowed my students to submit their work along with mine.   There will be a press conference with the Denver media in July once the book is released.  My students will do a reading to help promote the book.  Stay tuned for more details later this summer.

AN INVITATION TO LEARN ABOUT HAITI

Come learn about Haiti’s hero.  Help support Haiti relief.

Special invitation to Lambi Fund supporters in Denver!

A Live Studio Audience Broadcast in Denver-

Proceeds benefit the Lambi Fund of Haiti)

For more information, contact

donnie betts at 720-748-1388

Come be a part of a live studio audience broadcasting an amazing play about Toussaint L’Ouverture! Presented by KGNU 88.5 FM and 1390 AM, the play is the story of how the leader of the Haitian Revolution, Toussaint L’Ouverture, led enslaved Afro-Haitians to victory over French colonizers, abolished slavery, and secured independence for Haiti. The play is by Richard Durham.

When: April 10, 7 p.m.

Where: Crossroads Theatre 2590 N. Washington St .Denver, CO

How much: $25

MORE FUNDRAISERS FOR MY BELOVED HAITI

My daughter who is spending the spring semester in Lausanne Switzerland along with other students  helped raised 2,000 dollars for  Haiti relief.  I am so very proud of her.  She cooked a Haitian meal for 80 people,  as part of the fundraiser.  Here is a you tube video of  the students talking about the fundraiser.  My daughter is the girl with the glasses. 

ADVISE FOR NEW PARENTS OF HAITIAN ORPHANS

Finally, you bring home your newly adopted child.  You would like to be left alone , but you are being followed by the media and people are flocking to your door.  My advise is to be polite,  people just want to help.  Eventually things will get back to normal.   In the school district where I teach I am the only Haitian American teacher.  The news media interviewed me,  soon after that  I kept getting phone calls for more interviews.  One radio station interviewed me in Spanish. I welcomed the opportunities because the exposure is helping bring  the dire situation in Haiti for the world to see.  So far, the icing on the cake has been a group of Arab women  who contacted me after seeing me on TV.  They work for an organization called “Friends of the World.”  They are going to do a major fundraiser for Haiti relief.  Please do not get discouraged and upset if you find yourself being  approached by strangers who wants to help, I promise things will eventually settle down.  Enjoy the attention while it lasts, because  before you know it , you will be left  to  yourself to face the challenges of being a new mom or dad. As always, please post any questions.
Happy Parenting!

HOPE FOR HAITI

So very happy to announce that my school district participated in many fundraisers for Haiti relief. 

Dear Colleagues:

This week several dozen of our schools held bake sales and other types of fundraisers to raise money for Haiti relief efforts. With only a handful of schools reporting, I am proud to announce that over $12,000 has already been raised. As schools report how much they have raised we will continue to update the DPS website.
Channel 4 covered the Dora Moore bake sale on Tuesday where the fourth grade class hosted a fundraiser. Click here to see this story. Channel 7 covered the concert for Haiti at the Denver School of the Arts which raised over $7,000. Click here to see this story.
My deep and sincere thanks to all of you who hosted or participated in an event that raised money for vital relief efforts in Haiti. It was heartwarming to see so many of our students, teachers and staff throw themselves into the fundraising effort and the extraordinary participation from so many of our schools. I especially want to thank Nicole Weaver, a teacher at Martin Luther King Early College. Nicole is from Haiti, and her family still lives there. She has courageously shared her story to help raise awareness for the tremendous needs in Haiti.The fundraisers you have hosted have given our students, staff and the DPS community an opportunity to reach out and help in a very meaningful way.
Thank you for all of the time and effort you have put forward in organizing and participating in these efforts, above and beyond the important work you are doing in our schools every day.
Tom