I know many people may think of January 12th as just any other day, but for many people it's the day that they lost a loved one or their live savings. On January 12th, 2010 an earthquake, 7.0, hit the capital city and here were so many homes and lives lost that they can not put a number on it. It's estimated that almost 300,000 people lost there lives and half a million were left homeless.
Like I said, it's almost been a year later and still thousands are still trying to get their lives back. Many people from other countries flocked to help, but many of us are unable to lend a helping hand. Now we have many organizations that help and donate time and monetary funds to try to make a difference. That's where Willa Shalit comes into play. She saw that many of these people in Haiti are wonderful craftsmen and founded "Heart of Haiti." She's also CEO of Fairwinds Trading. Like I've talked about in the past I love to shop online and even better when a portion or all the funds are donated or given to those in need. Now we have "Heart of Haiti" to add to that online shopping websites. Everything is reasonably prices and as you can see by the picture above, very eye appealing, decorative and of course, hand-crafted!
You can shop at the special section at Macys.com and read about the program, watch videos and the artists HERE.
Everyone is buzzing about this even Oprah. Here is some more information on the program from Macy's:
The devastating earthquake of January 2010 has made it virtually impossible for Haitians to make a living. Raw materials have been wiped out, there are a lack of secure and sanitary conditions and little funding to support economic relief.I've heard over the web that many people have purchased some items as Christmas gifts. With Valentines coming, I would love to have that jewelry wall-mount or one of the colorful watermelon bowls! *hint*hint* Thanks to Macy's and Clever Girls for help us spread the word about this wonderful initiative that will help rebuild a piece of the world that was devastated by the Earthquake just a year ago.
Purchasing one of these handcrafted masterpieces directly benefits Haitian artisans by allowing them to support their families with dignity and purpose. Artisans receive 22 percent of the retail price for each item in the collection.
This initiative offers the first sustainable income since the earthquake, enabling artisans to repair homes, pay school fees and feed and clothe their families. With steady income comes better nutrition, improved education and access to healthcare.
Heart of Haiti also offers new opportunities for artists to collaborate with US designers, strengthening artisan associations and inspiring and energizing their communities. Men and women are working together, gaining confidence and hope for the future. Master artisans who planned to leave the country are now staying behind to train the next generation. The tradition of rich and unique Haitian art lives on... through the generosity of many like you.
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