And the Winner Is…

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…Rachel Akslen! Yesterday Owen drew Rachel’s name out of a bowl, and I will be shipping the quilt up to her in Minneapolis. Congrats Rach!

Thank you so much to everyone to took part in our fundraising efforts during the last month. You have helped us raise $1200 to send to Haiti so Pastor Cadet can continue in his efforts to construct a solid school building for his students.

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 Giving is true having. – Charles Spurgeon

Handmade African Bead Necklace Giveaway

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There is one more week left in our month of fundraising for the construction of the Vocational Sewing School in Beudet, Haiti. The school is currently under construction, but more funds are needed to complete it.

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Haitian Vocational Sewing School progress

Thank you so very much to all who have donated so far. We have currently received $450 for this specific project.

During this last week of May, we will be giving away a handmade African Bead Necklace to each person who makes a donation. These were given to us as a thank you from a church in Uganda where we donated dresses and sewing machines, and we are passing them along to you as a thank you for joining us in our efforts to help Pastor Cadet build a school.

Your name will be put in the drawing for the ISU quilt as well.

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We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill

Win 2 American Girl Doll Dresses

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As you know, we are in the midst of raising money for the construction of a Vocational Sewing School in Beudet, Haiti.

You can see photos of the process here and here.

IMG_20170421_135428632We are so very grateful to those who have donated so far. Your names have been entered into the drawing for this Iowa State University quilt.

Additionally, each person who sends a donation this week will also be entered to win the two cute handmade American Girl Doll dresses pictured above.  (Winner of the dresses will be announced next week).

 

 

Pastor Cadet sent me an update on cost for the next phase of the project. It is as follows:

building permit —————————————500 USD
Iron Bars 3/8 —————————————–300 USD
60  cement sacks ———————————-500 USD
1 truck-load of natural stone——————–100 USD
1 truck-load of Gravel—————————–150 USD
rent compactor and vibrator———————300 USD
plank————————————— ————-100 USD
2000 concrete blocks——————————1 000 USD
workforce———————————————–300 USD
1 truck-load of  sand——————————-300 USD
Transportation fees———————————350 USD
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TOTAL:———————————————-  4 050 USD
 
I believe they currently have $1050 of that cost covered, but are in need of $3000 more.
Mom and I have spent time with Pastor Cadet at his school. He and his wife both have a passion for Jesus and for teaching young Haitians life skills that will help them to provide for themselves and their families. 100% of what you donate will go toward Pastor Cadet’s construction costs.
Thanks for considering donating to this worthy project. Feel free to email us at 500dresses@gmail.com if you have any questions.
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Pastor and Madame Cadet with their boys

 

Vocational Sewing School Construction Update

Pastor Cadet sent me the following photos of the sewing school construction process.

They’ve got a good start, but a long way to go to complete the structure.

He also sent this note along with the photos.

The students of the vocational program, the teachers and the management staff join our voices together to say thank you to all who have contributed for the construction of the sewing course building which will be used for the youth, the children and the ladies through Mission to Haiti.

The sewing  classes currently meet outside which will be challenging when the rainy season begins.

As I stated in my previous post, everyone who makes a donation from now through the month of May will have their name placed in a drawing for this ISU quilt.

Thanks again for your partnership with mom and me to help Pastor Cadet build a school!

Support Sewing School Construction ~ Win a Quilt

Construction of the vocational school in Beudet, Haiti is underway, but more funds are needed before it can be completed. Below is a drawing of the school sent to me by Pastor Cadet.

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Mom and I are planning to send another donation for construction costs in June. Every person who sends a financial donation from now until the end of May will get their name put in a drawing for this awesome ISU quilt that mom made. It measures just under 4′ x 5′. (I realize this may not excite all of our supporters who are spread out across the US, but hey, it’s a great school…maybe you should consider becoming a Cyclone fan. 🙂 )

Checks can be written out to 500 Dresses and sent to 500 Dresses c/o Jan Nelson, 680 1st St. NE, Britt, IA 50423.

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Vocational Sewing School

Beudet, Haiti Vocational Sewing School

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After a break for the holidays, the vocational school is back in session. The students are working in the same outdoor classroom where mom and I taught in November 2015.

Through your donations we have been able to send $3830 toward the construction of a building to house the school. Construction has begun, but they in order to complete it, they still need additional funding. If you are interested in donating for construction costs, just write your check to 500 Dresses with sewing school construction in the memo. Thanks so much to all who support this ministry.

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Sewing school students

 

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Sewing School Staff

Haiti Construction and Dresses Update

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This week mom sent about 50 sundresses, several pairs of shorts and a few formal gowns to Haiti. She said it’s the first time a shipment has had zero dresses made by her. Thank you to all who have donated dresses.

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We also sent $2500 to go toward the construction of Pastor Cadet’s multi-function vocational school building. I believe they need about $2500 more to complete the building. If you are interested in donating toward the school, you can write a check to 500 Dresses with vocational school in the memo.

As we get updates on the construction process, we’ll fill you in here on the blog.

 

Haitian Vocational School Building Update

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As you know, we have been offering support to a vocational school in Beudet, Haiti. The current facility was rough to begin with, but is now in even worse shape since the tarp roof took a hit from Hurricane Matthew.

Prior to Hurricane Matthew (thanks to all of you) we raised enough money to cover the cost of the original plans for an actual building to house the school. The cost of building the school according to the original plans was around $2000 USD. If I understand right, in those plans, the new building would have utilized the current concrete slab, and would have kind of been the “bare minimum” as far as a real building goes.

Post Hurricane Matthew, Pastor Cadet decided it would be wise to rethink those plans and instead construct a building that could withstand the storms that seem to be drawn to Haiti like a magnet.

His new plans call for concrete footings and better construction overall, so that the structure will be able to better withstand nature’s fury. He also decided to double the size of the building, adding some office space, a storage room, a reception area and two bathrooms.

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As you can guess, this increases the cost significantly. I believe it is a good move however. The building will not only be well-constructed, but will be able to be used for a variety of activities including Bible Studies, meetings and educational purposes.

Please consider donating yet again to help cover the cost of the construction. The total need to complete the new structure is $5400. As always, God knows what we need before we even ask, and just a few days ago we received a very generous donation in the mail, of which we will earmark a significant amount to the construction need.

The following are photos that Pastor Cadet has sent me of the construction supplies they have purchased and the work that is already underway.

As a reminder, donations to 500 Dresses are unfortunately not tax-deductible. Because the amount of money that passes through our hands each year is pretty small, we decided the effort of creating a government approved non-profit is not worth it at this time.

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A Message from Pastor Cadet

The following is a message I recently received from Pastor Cadet at the sewing school in Buedet, Haiti. He is very thankful for your contributions which will make it possible for construction to begin on their school building.

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This photo was taken prior to Hurricane Matthew. During the Hurricane the tarps were torn up pretty badly.

The family of Cadet and the students of the Vocational Program greet you all in Jesus name our savior. We are happy and we enjoy this time to thank you for all  you have done to find this money in order to start the construction building. We let you know that we make some changes in the construction plan to assure its safety because of the possibility to have hurricane and earthquake. So we decide to make a more strong foundation for the building. We already start to buy some building materials. At the end of the week we will start the building construction. I will keep  you informed of the progress of the work on the construction building.

Thank-you so much
Pastor Evans Cadet