Today we visited Gertrude's orphanage for disabled children. We were there for about three hours playing, singing and loving on the kids. The whole team was dreading saying goodbye, but we knew we made an impact in the short amount of time we were there. It was eye opening, moving, strengthening, and emotional with lots of flesh, spirit, and hope within the children. The team each chose a Creole word to describe their day, which included, "Papillion" (butterfly), "Koupab" (guilty), and "Vi" (life).
In the second half of our day we visited Apparent Project. This is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 that employs the parents of Haiti so that they can provide for their children. The Apparent Project began a for-profit venture, Papillion Enterprise, in 2011. This organization employs over 201 on site and 50 off site. They make a variety of artisanal items including bracelets, necklaces, bags, dolls, and pottery mugs. After a long day we stopped at Papillon's Clay Cafe and enjoyed some smoothies while talking with the team.