Heart of Haiti ~

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

January 12, 2010 -
Do you know where you were?
I know where I was...at home, battling an insane flu bug...and praying.

Praying for my dear friend Joanna, and for the people of Haiti...

You see, Joanna had left for Haiti almost 2 months prior to this date on what would be her longest trip to Haiti yet - 70 days. She has a heart of gold this one...And our world is a better place because of this wonderful woman.
I am so proud to call her my friend.

On this day, January 12, 2010...her life was forever changed.
An earthquake that measured 7.0 rocked the people of Haiti...and rocked Joanna.

An act of God had her staying somewhere else on this day, and even though the guesthouse that she had been staying in night after night after night had collapsed to the ground, neither she nor her friends were hurt.

By January 24 at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. The Haitian government reported that an estimated 230,000 people died, 300,000 were injured and 1,000,000 made homeless.

2 weeks after this devastating earthquake, I had a chance to make a difference right here at home - (incidentally, our evening of volunteering had been set up long before the earthquake-it just worked out that our hard work would be sent to help the people affected by the quake.)

Here we are a year later - Joanna has recently returned to Haiti (again) and is there right now, making a difference.

You can too.

How?

By making a purchase from Heart of Haiti -

Haitian artisans continue to turn raw materials like recycled oil drums, wrought iron, paper mache and stone into art that embodies their rich culture and history. These traditional, hand crafted treasures provide life saving income to the shattered communities they call home.

Isn't this bowl GORGEOUS!

Blase - the maker of these particular bowls, has been an artisan for 23 years.

He is 29 years old.

Proceeds from Heart of Haiti purchases help provide better nutrition, improved eduction, and healthcare - life changing resources for the artisans and their families. Won't you consider making a purchase of one of the beautiful items that will enrich your home & life, which in turn, enriches the lives of those who are perhaps not as fortunate as we are?

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

1 comments:

Be the change... said...

LOVE this! How are you? Hope you are staying warm!

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