A message from Dominica

A message from Dominica
Gelina Fontaine, program manager of ChildFund Caribbean, a branch of ChildFund International, speaks to religious education students at Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit in Mullica Hill. The students wrote letters of encouragement to second and third graders on the island country of Dominica after a hurricane in 2014. The children subsequently became pen pals. Alyse Dvorak, the CCD teacher, has connections with International Center for Assault Prevention (ICAP), a program that helps people establish child protection programs in their own town or country. Among the individuals ICAP has trained is Fontaine, so when the 2016 International CAP Conference in Atlantic City was announced earlier this year, Dvorak asked if Fontaine would be interested in visiting her CCD students to talk about Dominica and the children with whom they had been corresponding. Fontaine was accompanied by Velma Moses Joseph, coordinator of East Dominica Children's Federation. “Gelina and Velma shared their experience with the children, thanked them for all their messages of hope, and explained how it lifted the children's spirits to receive cards and letters from America,” said Dvorak. Photo by James A. McBride

Gelina Fontaine, program manager of ChildFund Caribbean, a branch of ChildFund International, speaks to religious education students at Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit in Mullica Hill. The students wrote letters of encouragement to second and third graders on the island country of Dominica after a hurricane in 2014. The children subsequently became pen pals. Alyse Dvorak, the CCD teacher, has connections with International Center for Assault Prevention (ICAP), a program that helps people establish child protection programs in their own town or country. Among the individuals ICAP has trained is Fontaine, so when the 2016 International CAP Conference in Atlantic City was announced earlier this year, Dvorak asked if Fontaine would be interested in visiting her CCD students to talk about Dominica and the children with whom they had been corresponding. Fontaine was accompanied by Velma Moses Joseph, coordinator of East Dominica Children’s Federation. “Gelina and Velma shared their experience with the children, thanked them for all their messages of hope, and explained how it lifted the children’s spirits to receive cards and letters from America,” said Dvorak.
Photo by James A. McBride

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