We are thrilled to announce the opening of API – The Apparent Project Institute. We’ve been laying the groundwork for this program for a few months now. We are so excited to finally be able to let you know what’s going on.
In order to increase skills, and provide even more opportunity for employment, Apparent Project began a training program back in April. One of our managers (Pierre) was mentored for 3 months at our U.S. Headquarters. He worked hard to increase his knowledge and proficiency in English – both spoken & written. Using a variety of computer learning programs, and personal grammar tutoring, his understanding of English (and languages in general) increased greatly in a short period of time.
He also learned typing and became more familiar with Excel & Word before returning to Haiti. These are valuable skills in our world of technology.
Being immersed in the American culture helped him to understand more than just the language. It has given Pierre a broader understanding of the way we think, how we operate a business, etc. He proved to be a fantastic “volunteer” at the Apparent Project shipping office in Washington. He had the opportunity to do each job and become familiar with how we distribute and sell the jewelry once it comes to the states.
Apparent Project was blessed with some donations for computers and software that has enabled us to start API at our headquarters in Port Au Prince. When Pierre returned to Haiti in July, he was equipped to help train other managers in the skills that he learned. The goal is to increase the abilities, experience and expertise for as many artisans as possible.
A few weeks ago, Marilyn, the Director of Apparent Project (and also Pierre’s teacher), traveled to Haiti to help get the program started. The opening was a smashing success. 24 students are now enrolled learning valuable and life changing computer skills!!
We would love to have this program grow. In addition to literacy & basic computer skills, we will also begin training in graphic design. We are grateful for the opportunity and the the endless possibilities that this training can provide. It will be wonderful to see how this program helps the artisans be more productive at work, and what new doors it will open for them!
You can invest in the artisans’ further education as well! Donations toward API can be made at the Apparent Project website – click here!