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The Building Next Door

The Building Next Door

So a few weeks ago, it became known to us that the space next to us was going to become available. Right now, the space that the preschool uses is not big enough for what we’d really like for the just the preschool and definitely not big enough for any expansion possibilities. But suddenly there was a possibility. The space next door is going to become available later this year – in time for the 2017-2018 school year. Could this be? Can the pieces fall together in time so we can actually

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Human Trafficking and Orphanages – A Discussion No One Wants to Have

Let’s face it, no one wants to talk about human trafficking….. Or maybe I should say that no one with a conscience wants to talk about human trafficking.   It’s ugly, it kills, it hurts, it breaks apart families, it treats…….  Well, you know what I mean, it’s bad, bad, bad. So, then why do we have to talk about it?  If no one wants to talk about human trafficking, how about we just ignore it? I don’t know about you, but I prefer to be able to sleep at night. And

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An Update on the Pre-School

An Update on the Pre-School

Cami and Marilyn can speak to it better because they just got back from spending time down there – time devoted to the kids and to the school, but things are going well. The kids are improving dramatically. The growth at that age is amazing any way but even more so with a constant loving, nurturing environment not only at home but also in day care or pre-school. It really is meeting a huge need and we want to thank for that. So…… THANK YOU! Because of the success of what has

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The 85%

The 85%

Numbers, numbers, numbers.   I thought this was about kids and families? It is, but in order to help kids and families, you need to know some numbers in order to understand the dynamics of how it all works…… If you read on page 5 of the Lumos Report (http://tomvanderwell.net/important-articles/) you will read the following: However, well-intended donors and volunteers from the United States, Canada and Europe support Haitian orphanages on a large scale. It is likely that tens of millions of dollars are sent to orphanages in Haiti every year, through

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Puzzles and Potatoes

Puzzles and Potatoes

I have been helping behind the scenes while our Director, Marilyn, worked hard all last summer to turn our Preschool into a reality.  We opened our Day Care in the Spring of 2014 and it didn’t take long to figure out that we wanted to expand by offering not only a safe place for our artisan’s children while they worked, but a quality education as well. This week was the first time I was able to see the Preschool in person.  I have been spending a lot of time with them.  Watching

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It’s More Than Just Today

It’s More Than Just Today

It’s More Than Just Today….. Often when I tell people what I do, I tell them the simple version – “I work for The Apparent Project and we help create jobs in Haiti that help families stay together and keep children out of orphanages.” That is 100% true. But it’s also 100% not the whole story. Yes, we are about job creation. But job creation doesn’t tell the whole story. We’re about family preservation. By giving people an employment future, we can help them keep their family together because they can afford

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The Apparent Project – It’s More Than Just Jewelry

The Apparent Project – It’s More Than Just Jewelry

Actually, it isn’t even about jewelry. Jewelry isn’t what The Apparent Project is about. It’s a tool. Yes, jewelry is a tool. We sell jewelry but that’s a means to a higher calling. We impact lives through the jewelry that we sell. We impact lives through the jewelry that you sell. Every time you have a jewelry party or buy a piece of Apparent Project jewelry or any of our other art, you impact lives. You help change homelessness to having a home. You help change hopelessness to having a hope and

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Two Stories – Pick One

Two Stories – Pick One

Two Stories……. Two Pictures……. Story #1 – takes place behind a security wall a little ways outside of the city of Port Au Prince Haiti.   It’s not as busy and as hot and as noisy as it is downtown, but it still is busy, hot and noisy – at least compared to most places in North America. The guard opens the gate and you see Charlie.  He looks like he’s maybe 5.  He’s sitting over by the wall along with his friend Pierre.  Pierre looks a little bigger and a little

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An Answer is Coming…..

An Answer is Coming…..

First, thank you to all of you have read what we’ve been wrestling with in terms of how to care for vulnerable children.   There are tough issues and very little in terms of clear answers. We have a lot more that we’re going to be wrestling with because it is a big and multi-sided issue.   There is a lot more gray than there is black and white. But there is one thing that is, I believe, perfectly clear. If children can stay with their biological parents and the parents can

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Why does JK Rowling Matter Anyway?

If you go to http://tomvanderwell.net/important-articles/ and read the second article, you’ll see a couple of important names. I think it’s worthwhile talking about why they are important. What are those names? JK Rowling and Lumos. JK Rowling, hmmm, I think I’ve heard that name before. JK Rowling is the author of the immensely popular and hugely wide selling Harry Potter book series. Please tell me you’ve heard of Harry Potter? The young wizard who takes on “He who must not be named” in a 7 book battle of good vs. evil. Some

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