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[img_assist|nid=91570|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=75|height=100]Konny's Korner is no ordinary online art store. The bright colors and tropical motifs of the crafts offered on the Web site represent the hopes and futures of young artists rescued from orphanhood, poverty, and sometimes even slavery.
Konny's Korner, administered by Connie Basso, is an outgrowth of the ambitious Pwoje Espwa, or Project Hope, located outside the city of Les Cayes in southern Haiti. Under the leadership of Father Marc Boisvert, the program includes an orphanage, several schools including a Technical Training School, a food aid distribution center, a chapel, and a large farm. Over 600 children call Pwoje Espwa home.
As Father Marc and others discovered, many of the children and youth at Pwoje Espwa show amazing talent for arts and crafts, particularly metalwork. They create everything from decorative pins and wall hangings to jewelry and furniture. Since 2005, Konny's Korner has sold the work of these talented youth online using PayPal. All proceeds benefit Pwoje Espwa.
Theo's Work, Inc., based in the United States, is the 501(c)(3) umbrella organization for Pwoje Espwa.
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