Celebrating our Birth Mother's and Caregiver's
Fèt Maman or Happy Mother's Day
June 10, 2012 - Haiti
At the end of May, the Father Wasson Angels of Light program celebrated “Fèt Maman” or Mother’s Day. What a party we had! In Haiti, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday during the month of May. It is a tradition for mother’s to receive a small flower to wear on their blouse or dress that day. Our children surprised all the women who work at FWAL with a wonderful party that was planned especially for them. When the festivities began, the children brought all female workers to the front of the room and the male employees and older youths invited them to dance.After the dance, two girls sang a beautiful song honoring all the mothers. It was a song in which they thanked mothers for their love and the sacrifices they make for their children each day. It was hard not to cry during this beautiful moment as the song was sung so clear and soft and at one moment it became difficult and full of emotion for one of our young singers. All of this made it extra special. Of course the “mothers” also had had the opportunity to participate in the activities, and two groups of women did the musical chair dance. During the celebration, the children got really excited.
It is always great fun for children and adults, as the spirit of competition sets in no matter how old you are. A former pequeno of NPH’s home in Kenscoff, Haiti, was visiting with us and recited a beautiful poem for the mothers. It was long with a magnificent rhythm. Everyone became really quiet while he was reciting and everyone could see that the children were impressed and so were all the mothers. After that, many children came forward to dance, for a party is not a party in Haiti without lots of music and dancing! Presents were given to every “mother” of FWAL. In return they gave each child a lollypop at the end of the program when each child came to wish them Happy Mother’s Day.
At the Father Wasson Angels of Light program we currently have 184 children in our car, and as you might imagine Mother’s Day is also a difficult day for the children. Many of them are not able to live at home because of poverty, or perhaps their mother died of an illness or from complications of a disease (that is normally very treatable in the western world), or their mother may have died in the earthquake of 2010. All of these things makes it a day of conflicting emotions for our children.
We still consider it an important occasion to celebrate so that we can remember and honor their birth mothers, share their sadness and pain, and help them to find comfort in the new family they have found. At the same time, we want to show appreciation to those who live with them now and try to give them a mother’s care by sharing their daily lives, their sadness, discomforts, joy and happiness and giving them support where needed while living at FWAL.
Seeing the children’s sadness this morning because of the absence of their real mothers, and seeing the effort they put into the program for the ‘mother’ workers of FWAL, I can only say that we are blessed. Blessed with wonderful, loving children and wonderful and loving ‘mother’ workers!
Bon Fét e mesi!