Haitian Art Advent Sale

Greeting Everyone!!

We are back with our Annual Haitian Art Advent Sale. We have many gift items starting at $4 for handmade tin art Christmas tree ornaments. There are many new items, along with our traditional vanilla and our very own “The Haiti Lady’s”, handmade chocolate. Our chocolate is made with cocoa beans grown at the Fr. Jim Agriculture Center, sun dried, roasted over an open fire, cleaned and then pounded into a paste in Gasin, Haiti. It is then brought back to the US, where Denise and her staff of volunteers turn it into chocolate bars.

Remember gifts bought from the Haiti Project give three times, once to the Haitian artist that made the gift, second to your gift recipient, and third, to The Haiti Project.

Our Schedule

This weekend, December 2nd and 3rd. St Joe Huntsville, Alabama

December 9th and 10th. St. Thomas Cookeville, TN

December 17th St. Andrew Sparta, TN

If you are interested in Haitian art and are unable to see us at one of these events, please contact us.

New beginning this year!

100% of the sale price of “The Haiti Lady’s” chocolate bars goes to buy food for the children’s school lunch. All ingredients, transportation and labor, from bean to wrapped chocolate bars, are donated.

This is important because $10 US dollars = 40 school lunches. That’s forty children…, yes 40.

God Bless one and all, we look forward to seeing you soon. Bob and Denise

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One More Time- Preparing to come home

November 14, 2017

 

The time is flying by. November 4th we went to Port Au Prince to pick up our friend Chris Jones , he has been a team member for several years. He came with a cell signal amplifying device to improve our internet. Our internet is improved, we don’t have to go out on the roof to make or receive a phone call. We found late at night, when not many people are using the internet it works really well. We will need to experiment with it to see how we can maximize its capabilities.

Chris also brought over a hundred pairs of shoes. We divided them between two of our schools, fitting the children was a telling story. Many of the children had shoes that were too small. One little girl had two different shoes on. She also had a missing toe nail and an infected toe. The children were very happy to receive the shoes. Many thanks to the people of Dexter Michigan, for donating shoes to the “Creamery” for the school children here in Haiti.

We are having many last-minute meetings with all the groups we are working with. Our cultures are so different that getting a point across can take a very long time. In the US we are taught from the time we are young children how to work in community. Because of our education we are able to understand concepts in-depth (ie density). We try to develop our projects so the community receiving the help also has a realistic investment in the project. This is not the way the Haitians are used to. For years groups come in to Haiti and make changes and then leave. We are far more invested and are asking the same in return from the community. This is a new concept and has been a real challenge to execute. I don’t think there will be much progress while we are gone.

On our way to Port u Prince to get Chris, we stopped and visited a project that starts fruit trees and gives them to people. Tom Baarak runs the project and is very knowledgeable on tropical trees and was a wealth of information. He also gifted us with many new varieties of trees and flowers for our center.

I spent Thursday morning roasting and peeling the cocoa. This took over three hours with many hands helping. I was happy to realize I could follow the conversations around the table and insert my thought or feelings on the subject. This has been a long time coming, lots of studying. Bob’s Creole is also coming; he was able to address the church, without help of an interrupter.

Leaving is always a mixed bag. We are tired and ready to see our wonderful family.  Bob and I already have a schedule to visit many of the churches back home that support The Haiti Project. But we are also sad to leave our friends here, and the many projects we have going.

All and all it will be wonderful to be home. We plan to return to Haiti in January and stay until March, then we will go home to pack the shipping container.

Look forward to seeing many of you. Thank you for your prayers, support, and interest,

Denise sds