I especially love empowering the Haitians to stimulate their own economy. Having employment means they have enough money to buy what they need for themselves. Buying things here locally helps to employ someone else. And the cycle continues.
One thing that is beginning to turn around in Haiti is tourism. This island is beautiful and it has so much to offer. Living in Florida, I understand how tourism helps our state. The same is true in Haiti.
Just this week, I have shopped at the Apparent Project Boutique. I have eaten out a few times. I have purchased from artisans in both Croix des Bouquet and the Iron Market. And now we are spending the last two days at Club Indigo on the beach.
It is a little surreal being here. Especially driving past the opposite extreme to get here. But Shelley helped me to look at it differently. This resort employs over 200 Haitians and completely supports the village just outside of it. Where would those people be if this did not exist? We forget that tourism creates jobs!
I think so often we forget about tourism as being a "help." We can easily feel guilty as we lay by the pool when there are desperate people not too far away. But if you really think about it - isn't it that way in America too?
We don't have to look far to find homeless, desperate people in the US - but we still go on vacation. Come here, where every white person is "plugged in" doing some kind of aid and it's just not right to plop your butt on the beach.
Well, I'm thoroughly enjoying myself. Fellowshipping and loving on those who work with Apparent Project here in Haiti - giving them time away from the day to day stuff that we really have no clue about - that's so important. It's been a nice break from the week. We are still doing a lot of chatting and bonding. God is using this time as a unifier and it's awesome. And at the same time, we are helping to stimulate the local economy! Sounds like a win/win to me!
Local fisherman. They sell live Lobster and Conch and cook it for you right on the beach!
LOVE the local sail boats
Isn't it great? We did a whole lot of talking, laying by the pool, swimming, walking on the beach, taking naps and Pene and I even got some snorkeling in! Can't beat that! We ended our day with a wonderful buffet dinner in the dining room.
Two of the Master Potters, SarahJane and Scotty along with Carlin and the Clay kids!
Zebedee, Jackson, Ember and Keziah.
Marilyn (New Director of Apparent Project), Ted Barlow (Operations Manager in Haiti) and his wife, Rebecca. Pene and Jim Speaks (Board Members) and of course, Shelley (Founder of AP and now owner of Papillon Enterprise) And I was taking the photo.
We have one full day left here in Haiti. We travel back to the Guest House tomorrow to pack and prepare to leave on Monday. Can't believe it's almost over. But LOTS of exciting stuff is in the works! God is working and we can't wait to see what lies ahead!
Until next time......