All posts by Kelly Tirman

Kelly Tirman runs Social Community efforts at YLighting.com, YLiving.com, and YBath.com. After spending 10+ years living in a modern San Francisco loft she moved her family to a bungalow in the burbs. She now enjoys dreaming up home renovation and design projects in order turn her family's mid-century cave into the modern home of their dreams.

The Beautiful Children of OFEDA Need Your Support

These are the beautiful children of OFEDA and this is their story…

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We live in a small government-owned tent camp on Rues des Freres, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Our mothers were merchants who sold items at the local markets and were skilled in handcrafts such as embroidery and crochet. Then we were displaced by the 2010 earthquake.

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After the earthquake our mothers came together determined to improve our lives, to rebuild our homes, and to educate us.

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Our mothers started a business called OFEDA in hopes of finding a way to get us out of the tent camps, reclaim our lives and continue to move forward with security and dignity.

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Our moms have started this business by making handmade greeting cards. The conditions under which they work are extremely challenging. During the daily summer monsoons our mothers work in a sweltering tent or outside where the wind and dust make card-making a challenge.

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Our moms also hope to save $4000-5000 to be able to rent an office space for a year and another $5000 to invest in the purchase dry goods such as beans, flour, rice, and sugar that would allow them to sell commodities regularly for a profit.

Of the 200 women in our community, currently only 30 have consistent work. Visiting and purchasing items from OFEDA could have a huge impacts our livelihood since 100 percent of the sale of these cards goes directly to our community. Thank you.

Disclosure: I received grant money from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF) and a scholarship from Everywhere to help with the cost of this trip. However, all additional expenses are paid for by me. I am not required to share any part of this trip to Haiti. Please follow us and our journey via the #Bloggers4Haiti hashtag.

Over The Mountain & Through The Woods

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“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ~ Martin Buber

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Much like the road from Port-au-Prince to Jacmel; the path of life is rarely a straight line.

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And it ALWAYS takes MUCH longer than you think.

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But if you are patient and enjoy the ride, the end is worth the wait.

Disclosure: I received grant money from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF) and a scholarship from Everywhere to help with the cost of this trip. However, all additional expenses are paid for by me. I am not required to share any part of this trip to Haiti.