Hu­man­i­tar­ian tra­di­tion

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Stu­dents from L’École sec­ondaire catholique Le Re­lais in Alexan­dria and from La Ci­tadelle in Corn­wall par­tic­i­pated in a hu­man­i­tar­ian trip to the Do­mini­can Repub­lic March 1 to 8.

“We are sub­merged in their cul­ture by liv­ing in an Nue­stros Pe­queños Her­manos (NPH) or­phan­age,” says Le Re­lais teacher Hu­bert Gau­thier. He and col­league Jan­ick Bes­ner or­ga­nize the vis­its ev­ery two years. “There we eat, stay, play and work with/for the or­phans,” says Mr. Gau­thier.

“Gar­den­ing, kitchen du­ties, con­struc­tion, singing with spe­cial needs stu­dents, English work­shops for the Tias (aunts who take care of the or­phans) are some of the ac­tiv­i­ties in­volved. We also do crafts, games, sports,” he adds.

There was also time for sight-see­ing in San Pe­dro de Ma­coris, Santo Domingo, vis­its to sugar cane fields, poor neigh­bour­hoods and a pub­lic beach.

Nue­stros Pe­queños Her­manos lit­er­ally mea­nis “our lit­tle brothers and sis­ters.”

It is a char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion that has pro­vided a home for thou­sands of or­phans and aban­doned chil­dren since 1954. Cur­rently there are NPH homes in nine Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries.

ing pro­gram. En­joy food, ac­tiv­i­ties and a video. For info: E. McDonell 613-527-3209. bm­c­[email protected]­net.comCon­fes­sions for Lent at St. Fin­nan’s: Wed­nes­day, April 3 from 1 to 7:30 p.m.Cel­e­brat­ing April birthdays: Gilles Burelle, Louise Shott, Bev­er­ley The­o­ret, Lise Leblanc, Eric McKinnon.“Ei­ther I will find a way, or I will make one.” (P. Sid­ney)

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