Showing Haitian children the power of a dream fills her heart – Orange County Register
By Abby Deming
My face is wet, and it’s not because it’s 100 degrees outside. I find myself in a daze while preparing to leave a place that has transformed my heart and my philosophy for teaching. I just said goodbye to a sweet, sweet boy who tugged at my heartstrings this week, and I had to explain to him that while we may be oceans apart, we will always be connected on a heart level. He asked me if I was coming back soon, and I didn’t know how to answer.
Everything within me wanted to say: Yes, of course I’ll be back! But I don’t know for sure if this opportunity will ever arise again. As I walked down the steps of the orphanage for the last time, I saw him sitting in the corner trembling as he cried and watched us leave. That’s when I realized that I was crying so hard I couldn’t see straight. My vision was blinded by the emotions that I had poured into this place, and I felt as though I was leaving a piece of my heart in a land that needed more than I could offer.
Student teachers from Cal State Fullerton, including Abby Deming in blue, stand with children from the Maison Des Enfants De Dieu Orphanage in Haiti. Photo courtesy of Abby Deming and Cal State Fullerton.
Student teacher Abby Deming laughs with Kervens during one day’s activities at the orphanage. Photo courtesy of Abby Deming and Cal State Fullerton.
Children at Haiti’s Maison Des Enfants De Dieu Orphanage enjoy learning with art. Students from Cal State Fullerton visited recently to share classroom management techniques with Haitian teachers. Photo courtesy of Abby Deming and Cal State Fullerton.
Abby Deming, visiting with classmates from CSUF’s College of Education, holds a baby from the orphanage. Photo courtesy of Abby Deming and Cal State Fullerton.
Youngsters at the Maison Des Enfants De Dieu Orphanage in Haiti push aside multicolored curtains to watch passersby. Photo courtesy of Abby Deming and Cal State…