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One day it started to rain.
And rain. And rain.
AND RAIN.
The small river grew
big and angry.
– I Came From the Water

 

Paperback: $8.95
978-0-9832904-5-2 Amazon BN

 

Hardcover: $15.95
978-0-9832904-4-5 Amazon

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Author:
Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrator:
Mike Blanc

Ages 4-8
40 Pages

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I Came From the Water is a tale of survival and strength of human spirit despite repeated tragedy and overwhelming odds. It comes from Haiti, but has a universal message and appeal.

The story is based on the actual experiences of Moses, an eight year-old boy and resident of St. Helene’s orphanage outside
Port-au-Prince. As an infant, he was literally plucked from the waters of a nearby river, having been placed in a basket by whom we believe was his grandmother. The rest of his family perished in floods that wiped out their upland village in 2004. He was given his name by the nuns at St. Helene’s. The title is Moses’ reply to the author when she asked where he is from.

After the earthquake of 2010 destroyed Port-au-Prince and much of the surrounding area, the orphanage was flooded with a new wave of parentless boys and girls. Moses helped these children adapt to their new lives and in so doing displays a fearless hope and determination that may lead to Haiti’s renewal as a self-supporting nation.

St. Helene’s orphanage is run by Father Rick Frechette known globally for his dedication to improving the lives of poor children across Latin America.

Net profits from I Came From the Water will go to support St. Helene’s and Father Rick’s efforts to help rebuild Haiti by offering a safe place to live and a free education for children like Moses.

 

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VanitaBooks will donate 10% from each book sold to Father Rick and Sister Judy for their work at St. Damien and St. Helene.

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