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.

 

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Let’s Help Build a Sewing School in Haiti

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Several weeks ago I received a message from Pastor Cadet of the sewing school in Beudet, Haiti. This is the school where mom and I taught when we were in Haiti last November. (Actually we spent most of the week teaching on the Mission to Haiti campus because the facilities there are much better.)

The school is currently housed on a concrete slab with tarps for a roof and sheets for walls. The one day we spent at the school under the tarps with the students was a good, but exhausting and eye-opening day.

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Teaching on the Mission to Haiti Campus

 

It was pretty amazing to see what they are able to do with such a primitive work space, but how awesome would it be for them to have a solid building with real walls and a roof?

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Teaching at the sewing school

 

Pastor Cadet laid out a construction plan for me and has asked for our help. We are excited to participate in this construction project and already have $850 designated toward it.

With our $850 added to the $500 Pastor Cadet has already saved, they are only short of their construction goal by $480.

If you would like to donate to the construction of the Beudet Sewing School, we’d love to have your contribution. Just write your check to 500 Dresses with Beudet Sewing School in the memo and send it to 500 Dresses, c/o Jan Nelson, 680 1st St. NE, Britt, IA 50423.

Let’s see if we can build a school in Haiti!

Below is the breakdown of the construction project costs. (The cost noted in both Haitian and US currency.)

Stage 1: foundation

Cement—————————1200

Iron bar—————————2000       5800 $HT or 485 USD

Natural building stone ——–1300

Coarse Sand———————–1300

Stage 2-Erection or Putting up

Coarse sand————-1100

Gravel———————-500            4800 $HT or 420 USD

Iron bar——————-2000

Cement——————-1200

Stage 3-Roof

Woods————–2100                5100 $ HT or 425 USD

Sheet metal——–3000

Workforce————————————–500 USD

Total: 485 + 420 + 425 +500 = 1 830 USD

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Pastor and Madame Cadet with their children. Madame Cadet teaches at the sewing school.

My Life Since Cancer

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Me and My Man 🙂

It’s been about six months since my cancer diagnosis, and a few of you have sent kind messages telling me that you are thinking of me and praying for me. I thought I’d take a few hundred words to update you on my health status.

I’m anxiously awaiting my final reconstruction surgery next week which, aside from hormone therapy and regular check-ups with my oncologist, will mark the end of my breast cancer madness. Hallelujah!

I’m doing great. I really am. Aside from the crazy discomfort of these awful reconstruction expanders in my chest, I feel normal. I feel healthy. I feel like Kim.

If you are curious about expanders, I recommend you google it. But I suggest reading articles written by women who have gone through it instead of articles written by surgeons. Doctors have this thing for substituting the word discomfort for excruciating.  They seriously need to work on their vocab.

If you are curious if I still trust in God, absolutely. He is good. Always. And he has blessed me in amazing ways over the past few months.

I could list dozens of things he has done to show me he loves me lots, but I’ll just share one example to give you an idea.

John Piper is one of my favorite Bible teachers, and his words have reached out and grabbed me several times in my adult life. But something he said in a video I watched early on during this cancer year sunk the roots of my faith in Jesus deep down into the dirt.

Last month I posted An Open Thank You Letter to John Piper  on my blog. And guess what? He responded to that post.  How awesome is that? In February, God used John Piper in a youtube video to reach into my heart, and in June he used him once again to remind me that I am loved, and I am cared for.

Nowhere in the 66 books of the Bible did God promise that I wouldn’t get cancer. He did, however, promise that he would never leave me. And he reminds me of his presence over and over in the most lovely ways.

Dresses for Grenada and Peru

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I’m pretty pathetic about keeping everyone up-to-date on our dress shipments these days, but mom has been doing a lot of sewing and sending.

The photo above is of some dresses that went to Grenada earlier this year (late spring I think.)

Mom is also sending close to 100 dresses and shorts to Peru later this summer with my aunt who is traveling there on a mission trip.

As always, we appreciate your dress donations, and love to have dresses on hand. We sometimes get contacted by people who want to take our dresses overseas with them, and we don’t always have a lot of notice to get a shipment ready.

A couple reminders if you are thinking of sending dresses.

  1. Make sure the fabric is not too sheer. If we can see through the fabric we can’t send it.
  2. We accept all sizes, but tend to get a lot more little ones than big ones. We’d love to receive some size 14-16 or even women’s small dresses for the older girls in the orphanages.
  3. You can you any modest sundress pattern you choose.
  4. We’d love some dresses with short-sleeves as we can’t ship sleeveless dresses to India for modesty reasons.

Handmade Sundresses Enroute to Honduras

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Thirty-five dresses along with some craft supplies are on their way to Honduras. Mom had the opportunity to send an extra suitcase along with my uncle Paul, who will be doing some handyman missions work in the Central American country.

To learn more about the missions organization that will receive the dresses, take a look at their website:

Rancho Oasis for Youth

Our Necklace Winner

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Camille from Colorado is the winner of the necklace. Thanks so much for signing up and for supporting what we are doing!

Of the handful of people who commented on facebook and here on the blog, we had a  few locals, and the states of Alabama, Colorado, Oregon and British Columbia, Canada represented. Awesome 🙂

For those who are wondering about the Haiti shipment our current count is

68 Sundresses

49 Pairs of shorts

5 Flower girl dresses

4 Mother of the Bride dresses

3 Wedding Gowns

18 Formal Gowns

Remember the deadline is October 1 for this shipment.

 

2 More Boxes of Dresses Headed to Haiti

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Our dresses and supplies our now in the hands of the Fed Ex man.

In addition to all the sewing supplies we also sent 18 mother-of-the-bride/formal dresses, 7 flower-girl dresses, 50 sundresses and 11 pairs of shorts.

That makes our grand total of sundresses – 819, formal dresses – 62 and shorts – 209.

Thanks for your suppport of this ministry. We’ll be making another shipment to Haiti in the fall, but stay tuned for info on a special shipment to Uganda this spring or summer.

Haiti Children’s Book Giveaway

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We are giving away a beautifully illustrated hardcover children’s book to kick off the new year and to thank you for supporting our ministry.

Simply leave a comment (here or on our facebook page) about a New Year’s resolution or a memorable gift you have received and your name will be placed in the drawing.

Hope for Haiti is a story about the power of a simple gift in the aftermath of a terrible earthquake. Even today the country is still feeling effects from the earthquake that devastated the capital city in 2010.

 

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Mom and I are excited to start making dresses and accepting donated items for our first 2014 shipment to Haiti. We plan to send a bunch of sundresses and shorts along with a box full of needed items for the Dorcas Ministry Shop. (Take a peak at my previous post to see a list of items they have requested.)

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Stay tuned for info on an upcoming local (Huxley, Iowa) event.