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#GivingTuesday – Can You Help The Apparent Project?

Black Friday Small Business Saturday Cyber Monday #Giving Tuesday Four days out of five. And they are all about money.   On Black Friday, they want you to run around like a crazy person spending money. On Small Business Saturday, they want you to go to Joe’s Bakery down the street and buy something to support small businesses. On Cyber Monday, they want you to go on Amazon during your lunch break at work and buy more. And then we all take a breath. And look around.   It’s #GivingTuesday.    What’s

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Is “AID” a Four Letter Word?

Is “AID” a Four Letter Word?

Obviously not from a numerical sense.   But then you know that wasn’t what I was talking about. Is AID a bad thing?  Is there such a thing as good AID?   Or does all of it have long term ramifications that cause more problems than it is worth? Let’s look at four ways that AID is a good thing and then three things to watch out for in terms of AID. AID is a good thing in times of natural or even man made disasters.  A recent Washington Post article quoted

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1994 – And That’s The Way It Was…..

1994 – And That’s The Way It Was…..

So, last Saturday, I had the opportunity to chat with a new friend who moved from Haiti to the United States when he was 11.   We were talking about Haiti, about jobs, about the Hurricane, about whether charity organizations help or hurt, you know, typical chit chat, small talk kind of stuff. So, not really.   He said that he remembers being there in 1994 when the US had basically taken over Haiti (a story for another day) and he lived across the street from one of the major military installations.

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The Earthquake of 2010 and Why It Still Matters

The Earthquake of 2010 and Why It Still Matters

So, a month ago, the earthquake that shook Haiti on January 12, 2010 was indisputably the largest and most deadly natural disaster to ever hit Haiti, to ever hit the Caribbean and to hit the entire western hemisphere.    The death toll estimates are truly uncountable and horrendous. On October 4, Hurricane Matthew gave the earthquake a “run for its money” as to the worst natural disaster to hit Haiti.   The initial loss of life is substantially lower but that has to do with the nature of the disaster and what

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Building a Future for our Artisan Families

Building a Future for our Artisan Families

This summer has been a whirlwind of activity in preparation for our new Preschool. A lot of effort & planning was done to get the school year started. Bringing in supplies, making the current space workable for classes, repairing & upgrading the rooms. Throughout the summer the focus was definitely on how to make our vision happen. There were 2 key elements that came together making it possible to take a step of faith and begin our new venture. #1 – The generosity & commitment of Trades of Hope allowed us to

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After the Hurricane

After the Hurricane

By Shelley Jean Another tragedy. Blow after blow Haiti takes another hit. The stories never end. We hear the big ones, but there are so many unfathomable daily tragedies that go unnoticed. My eight years in Haiti has made my heart so fragile. Every day I hear of a tragedy that would cripple for life in America. Another baby has died. Another shooting. Another one with cancer. Another domestic abuse situation. Another mother at the gate begging to give her child up because she is hungry. The silver lining on a hurricane

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Hurricane Matthew – Southern Haiti – a Picture Post

Hurricane Matthew – Southern Haiti – a Picture Post

A number of years ago, I had the privilege of getting to know Michael Broyles from Mission Aviation Fellowship.  Michael flies for MAF in Haiti and does some amazing things.   There was a story that made Canadian news this past weekend where he evacuated a lady from one of the hardest hit areas before she became stranded.   She’s now safely in Port Au Prince and working on providing relief for those back in Dame Marie where she was rescued from. Yesterday, Michael and another pilot from MAF and MAF Photographer,

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A Tale of Two Hurricanes – Both Named Matthew

A Tale of Two Hurricanes – Both Named Matthew

The sun came up over Haiti today. But very few people saw it. Most of Haiti is still covered by clouds with some rain. The Hurricane named Matthew is over. So how bad was it? It was a tale of Two Hurricanes: For The Apparent Project, Pappillon and our staff and artisans, it was the hurricane that didn’t. Lots of rain, lots of wind, but almost no damage. And by almost no damage, I mean that – I think we lost one tree. It truly was an answer to prayers. We asked

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Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew is coming. It is anticipated to hit Haiti either tonight or tomorrow and it’s looking like, according to friends of mine at least, that this is the worst hurricane to hit Haiti since the mid ’90s. Storm surges of 6′ to 9′.  That means that those who live along the water will definitely lose everything. Anticipated rainfall totals for all of Haiti range from 15″ to 25″ of rain throughout the storm.   That means torrential downpours – and these downpours will run straight down the mountains because there are

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138,000,000 Part 2

138,000,000 Part 2

138,000,000 (Part 2) If you recall from last time what UNICEF wrote in that press release from last year, it says that in the 1990s, they went from considering orphans to be only children who have lost both parents to orphans are children who have lost one parent. Suddenly we went from 12,000,000 orphans to upwards of 150,000,000. Catastrophe looms! The world is coming to an end! Okay, let’s get serious here a minute. Why did UNICEF change that? The stated reason in the press release I linked to above is because,in

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