There are over 500,000 orphans in Haiti. While many would say that an orphan is a child that lost both parents, the sad fact is, many of these are not those kind of orphans – “true orphans.” Many of these children were given to orphanages because their living parents are extremely poor.
Over 70% of Haitian adults are unemployed, and those employed are not making much more than $400 annually. These statistics result in men leaving their wives due to the inability to take care of them, and women giving up their children for the same reason.
The Apparent Project is a non-profit organization that was created to help fix this issue of extreme poverty leading to child abandonment. Along with education and guidance, each struggling parent is trained in a trade (like jewelry making, sewing, or book binding) through the Project’s artisan program, allowing them to earn income. Not only are these different products are available online through MarketHaiti.com, but also through Donna Karan, Gap, and Disney. Jewelry, clothing, and journals are just some of the items available for purchase.
The Apparent Project takes the name “apparent” so that the parents can be “A PARENT,” while the Project assists on taking care of the kids that don’t have “A PARENT,” and using the media to make Haitian poverty “APPARENT.” Want to help out? The Apparent Project accepts donations for both the children and artisans on their website… Or contact the Project’s Washington office for information on hosting a jewelry party or donating recycled paper goods!
Some of the products available on MarketHaiti.com: