April 14, 2014
Our heart for this new phase is the same as before, to keep families together through job creation; to train, to create opportunities for growth, to prevent orphans through consistent employment, and to represent all the good that is in Haiti.
Purchasing from Haitian artisans is an extremely helpful and tangible way to support the country. Instead of purchasing that handbag on sale at Target, purchase from an artisan group. And similar to that, I highly suggest finding ways to stimulate the local economy here instead of sending donations over. For example- if you do happen to come on a volunteer trip in Haiti, instead of spending a bunch of money to get you here and paint a house, hire a local painter. Instead of donating your old shoes and old clothes, pay a local shoemaker and seamstress to make pieces for you to give. And more importantly, respect the country and embrace the culture. Too many people think they need to help, serve, bring hope, and make change in countries like Haiti. One of the best ways a person can partner with Haiti is by coming into this place with a student mindset, embracing the chaos, enjoying the natural beauty that God has lavished this place with. Get to know the people, the food, the language, you will be highly rewarded I promise.
We are so excited to share our story with you all! If anyone is interested in hosting an event to support our artisans please email- HaitiDesignCoop@gmail.comWow! Chandler, thank you so much for sharing with us. Now its my turn to share some Haitian Design Co-op L♥VE with you all - One lucky reader will win this lovely Heart Pouch made by Cassan (see the photo above!). To enter this giveaway:
The Giveaway ends Thursday, 17th at midnight.
The heart pouch is only one of the many amazing products that Haiti Design Co-op has to offer, check out their Etsy store for see more goodies! I spy some great Easter Basket stuffers...
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