It's an amazing thing to watch a cereal box...
become a beautiful piece of art.
What was meant for the trash pile and deemed worthless...
repurposed and given new life.
The first time I made the short drive down the road to visit The Apparent Project, I was not expecting to see my own story, your story, and creation's story, through the process of making jewelry.
At The Apparent Project cereal boxes are transformed into treasure, and the lives of Haitian families are restored and redeemed.
"The Apparent Project was birthed out of a desire to see impoverished Haitian men and women be able to raise their children with dignity and not have to consider giving their children to orphanages because of poverty. It can cost as little as $50 a month to keep a family intact.
The Apparent Project exists to provide creative means for families to earn a living. Our jewelry program started as a small operation of four women making simple earrings from native seeds in Haiti. Today it is a full scale operation employing approximately 50 men and women." (from the Apparent Project)
The number of orphans in Haiti has been labeled an "Orphan Crisis." Oftentimes, mothers do not want to give their babies away to orphanages. What they need are jobs, education, and skills so that they can provide for their children's basic needs. Places like The Apparent Project and Haitian Creations are giving families the skills they need to be able to keep their children. Organizations like these are fighting the orphan crisis at its most foundational level. They are preventing children from becoming orphans.
The Apparent Project considers itself an "Un-Orphanage." Isn't that beautiful?
Each woman and each man employed by The Apparent Project is working to learn a trade and create a quality product in order to help their families escape the brutal poverty that sits on this country like a thick, heavy blanket.
Each artist has a story.
Over the next few days I'll be talking about The Apparent Project. I'll let you know how you can buy jewelry, have a jewelry party, and how you can turn your empty cereal boxes into a way to help Haitian families.
Will you start saving cereal boxes? This is one of the easiest ways you can help the orphan crisis in Haiti by working to prevent orphans by supporting organizations like these who offer support to families. Will you dream big dreams with me for these families?
Will you spread the word for this organization, and ask your friends, your schools, college campuses, churches, soccer teams, and neighbors to start saving their cereal boxes?
I won't lie. I get a little excited when I think of all the cereal boxes that will be recycled and repurposed. Isn't it always a joy to be a part of something redemptive?
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