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.

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

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