Today mark exactly 6 years since the devastating 7.0 earthquake flatten Haiti’s capital and most populated city, leaving nearly 300,000 people dead and countless injured.
While these numbers maybe just news statistics to some, out of those 300,000 thousand people were my friends, my neighbors, people I knew, people I grew up with.
I can remember that day like it was yesterday. I was working from home that day when my phone started ringing off the hook. Church folks, friends were calling to check on me, but I still had no idea what had happened.
I even dismissed the first few people who told me about the earthquake, saying there’s no earthquake in Haiti, it’s not even hurricane season they must be wrong. Boy! was I in for rude awakening when I finally turn the TV on to see what was going on.
I remember being on the phone with my best friend, just breathing and crying, I begin to sing an old hymn to her cause I didn’t have any words after she had lost her mom, her sister, and 4-year-old niece.
It still bring tears to my eyes, thinking about those who were trapped for days under the rubbles and the one left behind are trapped in such a dire economics climate.
Which is why I’m so grateful for Macy’s Heart of Haiti program. Macy’s made the bold decision to carry a line of goods made by Haiti’s rich artist community and offer the products up for sale to Macy’s customers.
To date over 550 artists make their livelihood by creating goods for sale at Macys.com and a few select stores.
550 may not seem like a lot, but for each of those artists there’s a family attached and family in Haiti is not only mom, dad, and kids.
It’s little nieces and nephews, cousins and grandmas and friends and neighbors. The blessings of one person extend to the whole community.
“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”
The Macy’s Heart of Haiti project is not a charity, It’s a sustainable trade-not-aid program where artisans make 50% of the wholesale price of every item sold.
Which mean every time you buy one of those beautiful handcrafted metal bowls or any other piece of art you are helping on of those 550 Haitian artists make a difference in their family and community.
In this video you’ll see how incredibly talented are those Haitian artists. I’ve seen them work their magic countless time as a kid, turning a used can into beautiful work of art. I love that Macy’s is making it possible for their work to be known here in the US.
Would you join me, in getting the word out? Haiti’s earthquake is no longer news, but the effects are still very real for the people living there. By shopping the heart of Haiti collection, you’re not only helping close to 4500 extended family of the artist you’re also getting a beautiful piece of decor for your home too.
It’s a win-win!
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