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A Note from Connie Basso of Konny's Korner

[img_assist|nid=94830|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=136|height=199]Recently, I blogged about Konny's Korner, a Web site where shoppers can purchase the creations of children at at the Pwoje Espwa orphanage. Connie Basso, who runs Konny's Korner from her home in the United States, is excited to share their story with the urbanministry.org community. She sent me these pictures and the following article, which she wrote about a year ago:

"Last fall when I was in Haiti I saw many talented teens working in the arts and crafts department [at Pwoje Espwa]. They start with a large sheet of metal and then cut and pound it into various designs using the most primitive instruments, but the finished work is exceptional. Since there is no market in Haiti for these craft items, I set up an arts and crafts blog, konnyskorner.blogspot.com to make them available to us in the U.S. On it I posted the craft items that the kids were making at the time, sun/moon faces, suns, parrots, butterflies, colorful flowered wreaths and assorted other creations. There are very affordable bracelets and necklaces also for sale. On the blog I have a description, dimensions, and the price of each item. And there is a convenient way to pay using PayPal.

[img_assist|nid=94833|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=134]"With the support of family and friends and bloggers we have been able to continue the work and expand on ideas. Besides what I mentioned before, we have flowered wreaths, swallows, swallow and palm tree soap dishes, a wonderful sun disc made from an old oil drum and others too numerous to note here. The point is that the kids are making marketable crafts and there are many satisfied buyers. The proceeds all go to the arts and crafts department so they can buy more supplies, continue their work and have a degree of satisfaction and most importantly [img_assist|nid=94836|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=150]begin the road to independence. Jerry, my first customer from the blog, bought a wild-haired lady we nicknamed "The Medusa" and has been very pleased with his purchase. Susan put her parrot, butterfly and sun on the fence in her back yard; Louise also testifies to the wonderful crafts and bought a sun disk and a wreath with a butterfly. 

[img_assist|nid=94832|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=150]"Other items have sold at the annual Swallow’s Day festival in San Juan Capistrano, a boutique at one of the local churches and just by word of mouth in the area. Ginny gave a parrot to each of her triplet grandchildren for Easter, (we called them the "Easter Parrots"; anyone can have Easter Bunnies), Sheila bought some butterflies for gifts when she visited friends, and Charlene tacked a wreath with butterflies on her front door. Rather than the usual bottle of wine or box of candy (unless it is a box of Godiva chocolates) they make wonderful hostess gifts as they are priced right and easy to wrap.

"We welcome inquiries of any kind, my e-mail is konnyskorner@gmail.com."

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