Third Annual Caris Kids Day
“Fete des Enfants” began at 9:30 am, as buses from sites across Port-au-Prince arrived at Union School Haiti. The Navy Band from US Navy Ship (USNS) Comfort performed for the crowd in its final ‘Operation Continuing Promise” stop this year.
Before beginning the day’s activities, Caris employees Odelyn Julot and Gislhaine Benoit led the group in the Haitian National Anthem. The children then formed teams and began rotations in sports and arts stations. US Navy volunteers led the soccer rotations, provided arts and crafts materials such as face masks, maracas and a large canvas for painting activities. Ayiti Yoga led yoga sessions, teaching them about healthy breathing and stretching techniques. Volunteers from the Red Cross and Union School ensured that activities ran smoothly and children moved from station to station in a timely manner.
After morning rotations, the children gathered for a time of fellowship and lunch, catered by Marie Carmelle Valon. Lunch was followed by Zumba sessions, led by Zumbayiti, as well as cotton candy and fresco provided by Satigny. As everyone danced to the music, volunteers passed out balloons while singer JPerry surprised attendees with an energetic performance.
As the day came to a close, everyone released their balloons into the sky, a symbolic show of unity. Each attendee then received a care package including food, toiletries, and toys, all generously donated by local businesses.
After the event, the Caris Foundation received an award from the USNS Comfort for outstanding community outreach.