Then I asked the BIG question: What are we going to do with all that?
He said, "Oh we can help young island girls make jewelry and then they can, in turn help their families!"
"But Bob I don't know how to make jewelry!!"
He just smiled! :-)
So that is what we are doing. Below is a photo of some of the jewelry (there is LOTS more) and of course, the beautiful girls!
Kendi Mendoza is 15 years old and she lives in the Colonia nearby where we live. I got to know her about a year ago. Her brother works for us as a gardener and he has been the sole provider for his family for the 2 years that they have been living here. Their dad just got a job as a night watchman and we are so grateful. Kendi is a delightful young girl. She wasn't able to go to school since her family couldn't afford to put her in school so this year we registered her, got her books and supplies plus her uniform and now she is doing very well in school. She is so smart! I can attest to how quickly she has picked up the art of jewelry making and already we are seeing her creativity blossom! Thank you for your support with this family! I know they appreciate it so much.
If you come into the shop, check out their work. It really does help immensely in their lives as right now they have no source of income coming in. (their father is in jail) I know they are months behind in paying for the rent, and are grateful for the food from friends and family. Every little bit helps!! I can say this for certain: HE takes care of them. You can read about them in my other blog. You can read it here
God bless you all!