Haiti | World Thinking Day Ideas
Cadette troop 30770 represented Haiti for World Thinking Day. They made these dresses and head wraps for their international food festival.
Much of the world, including many Girl Scouts, first took notice of Haiti in 2010 after the small Caribbean country was devastated by a major earthquake. When we saw the need for humanitarian aid there, Girl Scouts pitched in to help in a variety of ways from donating cash to making ditty bags and blankets to be sent to the earthquake victims.
Fun Fact: Haiti occupies the western third of the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola. The rest of the island is the Dominican Republic.
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Girl Scouts who choose Haiti for Thinking Day may realize that even after five years of help from the outside world, Haiti is still suffering and is actually the most impoverished country in the western hemisphere. But, girls will also learn that Haiti’s Creole culture includes a rich mixture of African, French and Spanish and influences. A Thinking Day booth should celebrate the Haitians who survived the earthquake and the centuries before.
Thinking Day decorations and costumes, for Haiti should reflect the brilliant colors and tropical climate. Food at your event should include native fruits from the lush landscape. Girls could base Haitian SWAPs or crafts on the jungle animals which include several species of bats, snakes, frogs, birds and insects. Or, inspiration may come from the palm trees and ocean waters. Fishing drives the coastal economy and there are a wide variety of dolphins swimming off the shore of this small country.
Appropriate ideas for SWAPs could include miniature straw hats and fishing poles. Other SWAP ideas include our Haitian Pony Bead Flag Pin Kit and “Have a Heart” Mardi Gras Pin.
Additional ideas can also be found in Caribbean Countries / World Thinking Day Ideas.