Riots and Hope

The darkest part of the night always has the hope of the morning. I feel that way today about my Papillon. This year has been hard in every way. While sales continue to be good, setbacks, personal relationships, hurricanes, unexpected expenses and having to grow up...

Guilty

The  house I rent in Haiti is two stories tall and concrete. I live on the top floor apartment and the bottom floor is now used for packing and receiving. I live modestly, but have a solar hot water heater and a few air conditioning units, so just that alone makes me...

Guerline’s Story

Guerline’s Story

Guerline, one of our original four, is a nanny in the Apparent Project daycare. Her older son is in school, and the younger, whom she relinquished for adoption, is living with his adoptive family in the Midwest. They are Facebook friends with Guerline and...

Mario’s Story

Mario’s Story

In 2015, Mario was grilling hotdogs and making smoothies, but our visitors were begging for more substantial meals. We leased a building across the street—a small, one-story, three-bedroom home—and turned it into a much larger boutique. On the roof, we...

Marc Henry & Ajenor’s Story

Marc Henry & Ajenor’s Story

Marc Henry and Ajenor never did have anything to do with the threats I received. Shortly after their release, they were both brought back to Papillon as employees. They work there to this day. Marc Henry makes jewelry, and Ajenor works with the paper...

Makilene’s Story

Makilene’s Story

Makilene works in the jewelry department and also the shipping department. She still owns her own land and has made several more additions and improvements to her home. Her children are in school, and her oldest daughter, now and adult, was recently hired...

Monette’s Story

Monette is still proud of her ceramic tiled floors. She works hard in our ceramics department to support her six children. Her two youngest, the twins, are in the Apparent Project preschool. She recently found out she is expecting her seventh child....

Makensia’s Story

Makensia’s Story

Makensia is doing well. She continues to work in the jewelry-making department. She has four living children and they all are in school. She is eager to work and is trying to learn English. Her younger twins are in the Apparent Project preschool....

Vesline’s Story

Vesline’s Story

Vesline is now a beautiful young single woman with a handsome seven-year-old son. She finally left the father of her baby after he beat her so badly that she temporarily lost her eyesight. Thankfully, her sight came back, and the incident gave her the...

Clivia’s Story

Clivia’s Story

Clivia still works as a jewelry maker in our artisan center in Port Au Prince. She has not had any more children, and she relocated to a new house after the death of her baby son. As so many mothers with broken hearts in Haiti do, she just carries on and...