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If at first you don’t succeed…..

We were working as house parents in an orphanage in the Delmas 75 area and were at home with 24 boys when there was a knock at the gate. A lady was standing outside with her baby boy and was asking for help. She knew it was an orphanage, but she was not asking to...

Another baby has died. Daily life in Haiti.

I walked down a dirt road that intersected a small creek mostly filled with trash that only has water during the rainy season. Hopping over the garbage, I continued on past the men sitting on the corner playing cards and making catcalls and then across a tiny handmade...

Business in Haiti: Why we need help.

I went to Best Buy to buy a laptop. This has happened to me twice in one month. I walk around the store, wanting to spend hundreds of dollars on a laptop and I can’t find anyone to assist me. After several laps around the store to find a customer service person and...

My story: an excerpt.

Below is an excerpt of my story. This summer, I will be taking a sabbatical in order to carve out the time to write down the things I have learned and seen over the past eight years in Haiti. I want to be able to tell the story of the mistakes I have made and the...

How has my life been wasted?

I sat across an artisan with a skin disease. So many people have diseases that keep them marginalized in Haiti. Like a leper in Biblical times, people with aids, cancer, skin issues, mental issues are pushed out of their communities and left with no support. This is...

Legacy and Hope: Melissa’s Story

Grace texted me that they had arrived. I dropped everything in my office and texted back that I was on my way to meet them across the street at the café. Today is an important day. It is a day that will probably go down in our company’s history, I thought. For...
Up out of the Ravine and into Loving Arms

Up out of the Ravine and into Loving Arms

On my fridge I have a magnet that says, “Just when the caterpillar, thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” And so perhaps it was for this small child that endured the pains of childbirth only to be dumped in this ravine to die. So many people responded to...

Throwing the baby out….with the rain water

It is the rainy season in Haiti. It rains like clockwork this time of the year. Each night at about 6pm, just as dusk is approaching the big rain splats start to come down. In the spring it starts around dinner time, allowing my kids to use the balcony as a...
Hillary and the “Woman Card”

Hillary and the “Woman Card”

Today something magical happened. The most watched woman in the world right now, Hillary Clinton, was on the news after winning several states in her nomination campaign…. (pause)….. and she was wearing on of OUR necklaces. There it was, like a pile of...
Presence. Passion. Purpose

Presence. Passion. Purpose

The thing about working in a country like Haiti, is that it is super hard to find a recipe for success. I have consulted with many people who come through our artisan facility and ask me how to do what I did. They bring in their manuals, business plans, case studies,...

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