January 7, 2011

Helping Haiti – One Year Later


Wednesday will mark the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that decimated the beautiful country of Haiti. A Caribbean country most of us have never been to, Haiti is one of those countries with determined people who, despite their challenges, rise each day and face the world with a smile.

January 12th will come, just as it did last year, and once again we’ll be touched by the resilience of the Haitian people. For me, it is one of those days that will always remember. I know where I was – a Starbucks. I know why I was there – meeting with Lori Goldberg, the founder of Global Family Philanthropy, discussing the plans the non-profit has for creating an orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti. And I can still remember Lori’s phone ringing. And ringing. And ringing. Her face, motionless and obviously listening to bad news, as she excused herself to listen to an obviously important message.

Over the past year, many organizations have reached out to Haiti. Some go in, like Global Family Philanthropy, and help by creating safe housing. Others, like Heart of Haiti, work with locals to give them a hand up by helping to showcase their work on a world-wide stage. Men and women are given an opportunity to make money in a meaningful and safe way. Macy’s, through a partnership with Fairwinds Trading, sells these one-of-a-kind artisan crafts to those of us wanting to help Haiti recover and grow.

A symbol of hospitality, the pineapple is a welcoming element in any come. This beautiful papier-mache Pineapple bowl sells for $16 and comes signed by the artisan with a Certificate of Authenticity. It would make a wonderful gift for the spring bridal shower or a lovely hostess gift for your best friend.

Made from recycled drums and signed by the artisan, this beautiful Heart of Haiti Pendant is only $10 and would be a perfect gift for the valentine in your life.

We all want to help and often don’t know how. By supporting the people of Haiti we help them maintain their dignity and hone their skills to better their life and the lives of their family members who rely on them. Like my friend Lori, Willa Shallit believes in the people of Haiti. Ms. Shallit has partnered with Macy’s to offer a complete line of products. You can view the entire line by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/HeartofHaiti-ShopforABetterWorld

Disclosure: I was selected for this very special “CleverHaiti” opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity. All opinions are my own.


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