I know a lot of causes tug at your heart strings and I’m hoping I can add one more.
As you may remember, I visited Haiti last May. I went there to donate my time and provide business training to local artisans. While there we traveled around Haiti meeting artisans that make products for stores like Macy’s in their “trade not aid” initiative. Along the way, we visited a small group of women still living in tent camps in a ravine.
Somehow this small group of women & their children have been pretty much missed by the NGO’s. Before the earthquake, most of them had small street stalls where they sold goods. After the earthquake, they had nothing and when it rains in the ravine, they basically get flooded. Despite that, they have hope and a few small skills.
What they’ve done is formed a collective called OFEDA (translation, Organization of Women Devoted to Action) & my friends and I trying to help get them back on their feet.
They’ve learned how to make soap & embroider these simple cards and are hoping to develop a cottage industry around that. They really are on their way – they just need financial help getting the office set up and developing more of an infrastructure. My friends and I have launched an Indie Gogo site & together we are trying to raise $5000 – there are only five of us, so we are reaching out to all our family, friends, coworkers and asking if you would consider making a small donation. Anything you give can and will make a difference.
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I hope to make it back to Haiti next year and when I go I’ll be able to see what a difference your donation has made. Thank you for your consideration and if you have any questions please let me know.
These are the beautiful children of OFEDA and this is their story…
We live in a small government-owned tent camp on Rues des Freres, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
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.
After the earthquake our mothers came together determined to improve our lives, to rebuild our homes, and to educate us.
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.
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.
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.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ~ Martin Buber
Much like the road from Port-au-Prince to Jacmel; the path of life is rarely a straight line.
And it ALWAYS takes MUCH longer than you think.
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.