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Passion and Potential

Today, our Middle School students had a visit from Morgan Weinberg, a young woman from Whitehorse who traded university to help children in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. She founded an aid organization called Little Footprints Big Steps which provides loving care to Haiti’s most vulnerable children and offers them opportunities for self-sufficiency, self-determination and strengthened families within Haitian communities.

Morgan was recently awarded a Meritorious Service Cross for her work in Haiti. She spoke about her experience living in a Haitian orphanage for 5 months over the spring and summer of 2011 and how she witnessed the hardships the children were facing. She worked to improve the situation of the children living there, eventually helping 52 of them reunite with their families. For those who were not able to reunite with their families right away because they were recovering from neglect or abuse, she and her organization set them up with a safe transitional living space while they recovered. She has also enrolled hundreds of children in school so that they can become literate and eventually receive professional training to break out of the cycle of poverty.

An inspiring talk that got our girls thinking about how boundless one’s potential is and how one person’s passion can make great change.

These links will give you more insight into this courageous and inspiring woman:

A CBC News article about Morgan’s work and recent achievements.

A preview to the upcoming documentary, “Morgan’s Kids”.

Morgan’s Tedx Talk video.

And most importantly, if you’d like to get involved, check out Morgan’s website, Little Footprints, Big Steps.

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