Jwaye Nwel and Mesi Anpil to Seton Hall University’s Division Of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE)
It has been five years since our partners at Seton Hall University traveled to share time and Christian fellowship with our residents at Maison Fortune Orphanage. Civil unrest has unfortunately prevented these trips and visits.
In the early part of 2021, I reached out to the DOVE director, Michelle Peterson and we discussed ways to reconnect, and “Zanmi Chat” was born. Over the rest of the school year, Seton Hall students connected online via Google Hang-outs with our older resident boys and girls. They talk about everything – from their favorite foods and classes to how they spend their free time. It has been a wonderful way to stay connected and share cultures.
DOVE’s support of Maison Fortune Orphanage this school year has been incredible! We are grateful for DOVE’s help in funding new desks, benches, chairs, mattresses, paint, and dining tables. Tomorrow’s outreach celebration is completely funded by DOVE – including the purchase of the annual “Christmas Bull” which is a big treat for our residents. They consume this meat throughout the Christmas break, culminating on New Year’s day with soup joumou!