500 Dresses and Haiti Sewing School Update

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Some our our 2018 sewing school students

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written an update, but 500 Dresses is still plugging away.

Here’s a look at what we’ve done (with your help) over the past few months.

  • Sent 5 wedding gowns to the Bridal rental business in Port au Prince.
  • Sent 5 formal gowns to the Bridal rental business in Port au Prince.
  • Sent tulle overlays for wedding dress skirts that were requested by the Bridal rental business in Port au Prince. (Mom made these.)
  • We are also still sending sundresses with short-term mission teams to various places when we have the chance.
  • Donated $1500 to Mission to Haiti to go toward the construction of the sewing school where I taught in 2012 and mom and I taught at together in 2014 and again in 2018.

 

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Current Sewing School (the building on the right is Pastor Cadet’s house.)

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Future home of sewing school.

 

The cost to complete the next phase (one large classroom) of the sewing school (more classrooms will be added as funds allow) is $4000. As of August, the school had $1000 saved for this. Add in the $1500 500 Dresses sent this fall, and they’ve got $1500 to go. If you desire to donate toward this project, just write sewing school in the memo of your check.

Construction is slow in Haiti. Some projects take years to complete because they only build as funds allow, and funds tend to be scarce. We’d love to see Pastor and Mdm. Cadet be able to move from their open air tarp covered school to a solid building with walls and a roof.

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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

You’ve Donated Enough to Build a School and to Help Hurricane Victims

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Hurricane Damage at the Sewing School

You guys are pretty amazing. 🙂

The response to our request for funds to help Pastor Cadet build a stable structure with real walls and a roof is a little overwhelming.

We now not only have enough funds to cover the construction needs, but we will also be able to send extra money to cover the cost of supplies that were ruined and lost to the Hurricane.

Here is part of an email I received from Pastor Cadet after the Hurricane.

One day after Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, there is a lot of material damages because it came with a lot of rain and wind. It causes more damages in the south of the country.

Thanks to God, the church ladies are doing well after the hurricane and all of the students of the sewing course are doing ok. The only thing is the wind has torn and threw away the tent of the sewing class.

In addition to the donations we will be sending to Pastor Cadet, days after the Hurricane we sent $700 to Mission to Haiti for beans and rice for Hurricane victims. Two of Mission to Haiti’s sponsor schools were in the path of the storm.

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Hurricane Matthew victims receiving food.

The Hurricane was awful and caused much damage and loss of life (especially on the southern side of Haiti), but below is an encouragement from Mission to Haiti’s facebook page that Jesus doesn’t stop working in the storms. And often it is when the storms hit that people are drawn to the Savior.

Pastor Brucely told us that the church was filled yesterday for service! People who are being helped through the relief effort came to the Ti Goave church, a number of them for the first time. The Lord is using this circumstance as an opportunity to draw people to church and to the message of the Gospel!

Anyone interested in donating specifically to a Hurricane help fund can go to missiontohaiti.org.