Over the weekend Dominique Pierre and Jocelyne Pierre headed to the tent camp to begin the delicate coordination of the screening process of the 4 and 5 year olds of the camp and the nearby surroundings.
AMERT, an NGO who has locals organizing different facets of the camp’s life, has nobly come forward to help us in our endeavors. They have people assisting us with lists of children in the camp, and yesterday they introduced us to the heads of the camp committee during a meeting.
We introduced ourselves to the committee leaders, assured them that we were not making a profit off of them, (a big fear here with the amount of NGOs present), and that we were here to serve them.
After 15 minutes of talks, the committee agreed to help us gather the children and their families for the first steps of the screening.
We started with the youngest group, sifting among the 4 and 5 year olds, no small task, since many parents are showing up with 11 year olds and claiming that they are 5!
One woman came with a set of what looked like twins, who were about 2 and a half, insisting that they were four. Since this is Haiti, the situation was humorous, and many in the crowd were also telling her to stop insisting, since the kids could not even speak yet! We told her to come back next year…
The plan right now is to move on to the older age group next week. Later today we are going back to the camp to sift through the initial candidates, and tomorrow starting with the official screening that Jocelyne and Dominique will be heading.