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It was Haitian Flag Day this past week!

A little fascinating background for you all: The first purely Haitian flag was adopted on 18 May 1803, on the last day of the Congress of Arcahaie, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Port-au-Prince. Haitian lore holds that the newly appointed revolutionary leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines created the flag by taking a French tricolor flag and ripping out the white center, which he discarded. He then asked Catherine Flon, his god-daughter, to sew the remaining bands together.

The anniversary of the date is celebrated as the Haitian Flag Day and images of Catherine Flon have appeared on Haitian currency and stamps. Following his proclamation as Emperor Jacques I, Dessalines published a new constitution on 20 May 1805. In it, the colors of the flag were altered to black and red.

To Celebrate this our student went on a field trip to Archaie, the birthplace of Catherine Flon, to experience the history of their flag. Many Haitians hardly, if ever, leave their home city, so this trip was very special.

Beside the history lessons, they also spent a couple of hours at a beach in the area.

Back in Thozin, our students traced out the soccer field with white sand this week! Doesn't it look nice? They also had a soccer match on the field. Though they are using it we aren't actually finished yet! If you would like to give towards completing the soccer field click on the donate button below.

Today we were blessed by the ministry of Ben Calhoun (lead singer from the christian band Citizen Way) at the Thozin church.

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