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Haiti Slams Charity Run by Olde Good Things Antique Chain

Monday, December 30, 2013

Olde Good Things is familiar to many New Yorkers as an antique and high-end architectural salvage store, where a door knob from the 1800s might sell for as much as $750, or a silver-plated chandelier for more than $17,000.

The store is operated by the Church of Bible Understanding, and the owners tell customers that part of the proceeds go to pay for an orphanage the group runs in Haiti. Filings with the IRS show the group claims to be spending $2.5 million dollars a year on it. But an investigation by the Associated Press found that conditions at the orphanage run by the group are so poor that the Haitian government has said it shouldn't remain open.

WNYC's Soterios Johnson spoke with Ben Fox, the editor in charge of the AP's Caribbean coverage. Fox said when the AP visited the orphanage it was in the process of trying to bring it up to code. The Haitian government had been conducting inspections and found that the orphanage didn't meet the minimum standards for operation in the country.

"It was dirty, it was overcrowded, they said the staff didn't have the proper training, the kids weren't going to school." he said "It should be noted that there are plenty of other places in Haiti that also don't meet these standards. They're not the only ones that didn't meet the standards, but the standards aren't very high."

 

 

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Comments [3]

Susan coyne from Arizona

Unfortunately the leader of Cobu has declined morally. While his poor wife Gayle who is at home handicapped from a car accident, Stewart Traille the leader of Cobu is now seducing the 20 year olds of the parents who are still in this cult which began in the Jesus movement during the 70 s.

Dec. 30 2013 07:11 PM
James B. Turner from NYC

Sham cult organization - ran the carpet scam in the 1970's which is run by a fellow I who last I heard lives in Fla. with several private jets, etc. This needs to be exposed. This is gigantic $$ making scheme. It had a large base in Philadelphia at some point. Definitely ethically challenged.

Dec. 30 2013 10:58 AM
Deborah Mintz

Very good story but frustrating that the name of the church, probably mentioned at beginning, was never mentioned again so I did not know who was responsible. Searched on website and found this but some kind of summing up at end would have been helpful.

Dec. 30 2013 09:11 AM

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