Girl Scout takes project to a whole new level

Lauren Ladouceuer. Photo/Special.

Most juniors in high school use the spring and Thanksgiving breaks to relax and unwind from the stress. But Lauren Ladouceuer is not a regular high school junior.

In August, 2012, Lauren’s father visited the country of Haiti to visit his grandparents. When he returned home, he told Lauren about the children struggling in the town of La Trembly.

“The timing was perfect because I wanted to do my Girl Scout Gold Award Project in Haiti, but didn’t know where to start”, Lauren said. Now, she had the ideas for her project and could put them into action.

That October. Lauren spoke to Anera Harrell, a woman who runs a sewing trade school within the Foundation Severe d’Haiti. This non-profit organization provides shelter, food, medical aid, education, and spiritual care for children in need.

Lauren then set up her own organization, L.O.V.E, meaning “Learn, Outreach, Volunteer, and Empower.” Through this group, Lauren would be able to help children in need.

In the summer of 2013, Lauren set out for Haiti with over a hundred textbooks from her former elementary school, Maryvale Elementary School, in Rockville, Maryland. Since Lauren had attended their French Immersion Program, all the math and reading textbooks were written in French, the native language of Haiti.

In addition, Lauren also requested school and sewing supplies, and fabric from her church and Girl Scout Unit. In the end, Lauren received over a thousand dollars and over six hundred pounds of books, supplies, and fabric for her trip.

Once in Haiti, Lauren taught children different sewing designs and installed electricity, ceiling fans, tables, and chairs into three of the classrooms. Lauren then capped off the trip by donating the textbooks to 385 students.

“It was a joyous sight to see the students receive their supplies,” Lauren explained. These new supplies will continue to help the children develop skills that may one day, lead them out of the horrible conditions in La Trembly.

The project developed into a non-profit organization a short time later known as Love2Haiti. This way, even after Lauren finished her Gold Award Project, the impact would not stop with it.

As a result of Lauren’s amazing effort, over 300 pounds of books have been delivered to the Hebron Academy, significantly improving the education of the current children and future generations.
Girl Scouts is a program designed to improve the life of others and inspire leadership from the girl herself, and others around her.

Without Girl Scouts, Lauren may have never been able to help the children in Haiti who are far less fortunate than we in Peachtree City.

A simple project has turned into a saving act for some children in Haiti.

Lauren returned to the Hebron Academy over the Thanksgiving break to provide Christmas packages, and collect products made by the sewing school to sell back in the states.

For more information about Lauren’s project that will help children succeed later in life, visit www.Love2Haiti.com, or check out their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Love2Haiti.

— Written by Jack Thuon

tissa1020
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I want to get the word out

I want to get the word out about GOLD Projects and Something called Waymarking.
My daughter & I - Scouts in Orange County, CA are Geocachers & Waymarkers - (Geocaching=Hi-tech Hide& Seek & Waymarking- a sister activity is Interesting Locations around the Globe) - There is a new (about a year and a half old now) Category at www.waymarking.com - "Girl Scout Gold Award Project Sites" - WE (my daughter and myself - aka tissa1020 & Foxhound) created the category as there WAS already the Eagle Award Sites - WE thought GS should have a category as well.

Thing is - NOT all GS projects can be "marked" - they MUST be physical in nature. I believe the building that Lauren improved CAN be added.

If you know other girls who complete "tangible projects", like this, please consider adding them to the waymarking community! - please pass along to anyone you know who might be interested in waymarking and showcasing some Girl Scout Gold! And to the Girls who do Gold Projects that are Physical/Tangible - This is a fun way to be recognized - Waymarking is WORLDWIDE!!!!

I receive a Google Alert in my inbox any time Google finds something new about Girl Scout Gold. I try to contact the author of the articles to get the word out. Most of the time I never hear anything more.

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Thanks for what you are doing for the Girl Scouts. You are going above and beyond.

Here in Peachtree City, Ga, you will find a lot of kids geocaching. We find hidden treasures all over our city, and the city even sponsored an event not long ago.

Congratulations to our scout.

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Thank-you

Hopefully, this GOLD project will be added. I think it would be the first "out side of the states". Our Council had a girl build a library (room) in her home village but, she never added it, I even spoke to her on person.

I wish our city would do a Geocaching event. We have many here as well. Waymarking isn't as big but, it is sometimes more fun. You learn more!

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for Lauren!! She had a vision - and found a way to demonstrate!! She is a true role model - and there are others with her determination. The Scouts is a marvelous organization that gives young people a pathway to service.

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Ditto

And I see a happy life ahead for this young lady.