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A Picture is worth 1000 words…

A Picture is worth 1000 words…

Since we can’t all just “go down” to Haiti and see what is going on, I’m going to start a new “thing” on the blog.   Once a week, we’ll post pictures of what has happened in the past week.   Most of these pictures (but not all) have already been posted on Facebook but I believe that together, they create a better picture of what’s happening and what you can be a part of… If you want to know more or you want to know how you can be a part of helping

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Who is this Tom Vanderwell guy anyway?

Hi all, When I look at the path my life has and continues to take me on, I have but one conclusion, God has a really interesting sense of humor.   I never expected to spend over 20 years in the banking world.   I never expected to have 5 kids (2 of them adopted from Haiti).   I never expected that Haiti would mean that much to me and my family.   I never expected that I’d work for an orphanage.  I never expected that I’d adopt a dog from Haiti.   I could go on

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Meet the Newest Member of Our Team!

Hello to all our Apparent Project friends! Thanks so much for the support you’ve shown through sales, donations, encouragement and prayers. We appreciate the many ways that people all over the USA, Canada (and beyond!) have helped us provide opportunities for Haitian friends. Opportunities to rise up out of poverty & be empowered to dream their dreams… to provide a better present & future hope for their families. We appreciate you! I want to introduce you to a new member of our AP team! Tom Vanderwell will be helping to share our

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Residential Schools and Modern Adoption

By Shelley Clay Shortly before I moved from Canada to Haiti to pursue adopting a child who had a mother (tongue in cheek),  I learned about a small stain on Canadian history known as the “residential schools”. Not that all on wiki is true but – You can read about it here:  { https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Indian_residential_school_system } The gist of what happened was that well meaning Christian Europeans wanted to assimilate native American children in Canada into a more Christian and “civilized” culture and so they forcibly removed some 150,000 children from their homes and placed them in boarding

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We Need Your Help!

So this happened at Apparent Project today: “This morning a young mother approached me in the street. Her own mother and father had died leaving her alone with her 9 month old baby and no where to live. She heard we may be able to help. If not, her next step was an orphanage. She spent the day glazing beads and her baby was in the daycare. THIS is why we are here!” ~ Shelley Clay I LOVE stories like this!  They reignite the passion in me to sell.  To spread the

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“I Would Rather Live in Misery than Give Up My Baby”

This is Sinese.  She is 25 years old and one of my favorite success stories.  We sat down together during my last visit so she could share her story with me.  We laughed and we cried together. Here’s why – Sinese grew up working for the family who was taking care of her.  She was treated well and had been given some education. By 2008, at the age of 18, the family decided to no longer support her.  She would be left on the streets.  Knowing that she could not take care

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Come and Meet Pierre

This is Pierre.  He has an infectious smile and an even more intriguing story. Pierre grew up with his mom and 4 brothers and 2 sisters.  His mom worked really hard to provide for all of them.  She sold candies, sugar, candles, soap, bread – whatever she could on the street.  When Pierre was old enough, he helped his mom as well.  He had some education and he learned French. He began working for Apparent Project in 2010.  During this time, the artisans worked on consignment.  They had to pay a small

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And This Happened…….

Last night Shelley posted this story on Facebook – “A woman stood outside my gate for the past week with a new infant and a toddler in tow. Day after day she waited and day after day I told her we didn’t have work. We don’t have work. Not enough work. Today she followed me for four blocks. It annoyed me. Can’t I just walk down the street without being harassed? After my appointment four blocks away, I went to leave. She was there- baby in arms, waiting. Hopeful. No work I

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Veslene

Photo of her mom Meet Veslene.  She joined us in 2010 when she was 18 years old.  She has 4 sisters and a brother. Shortly after she began working with us, both of her parents died from the cholera outbreak leaving her to care for her siblings and her own newborn baby boy. Lance Pierre When her son, Lance Pierre, was still a baby, she was able to roll cereal box beads at home.  She would make necklaces, and sell them on consignment.  Once Lance Pierre was old enough to begin school,

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Redemption

Haitian prisons are not like what we are familiar with in the U.S.  Often there are dozens of men crammed into a tiny cell with no where to sit or even lie down.  They do not receive food or other basic essentials unless someone in their family brings it to them.  Because so many are poor, it is too much of a burden for their families and they are abandoned, leaving them with no hope.  Many die before ever receiving a trial. Over a year ago Shelley was approached by a UN

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