Friday, January 7, 2011

Special Post: Heart of Haiti

With all the deals, freebies and money-saving that we do, it is still important to remember to give back. I always try to use some of my extra to support causes and charities. A little bit can go such a long way.

As I'm sure many of you remember, in January 2010 Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake and has since been struggling to rebuild and find stability. This has made it especially difficult for Haitians to find sustainable income to help rebuild their homes and feed their familiesMany efforts have been made to support the people of Haiti throughout this process and today I want to share with you the Heart of Haiti.

Founded by Willa Shalit, Heart of Haiti helps Haitian artisans to make a living by selling their unique, handcrafted items to a mass market and they receive 22% of the proceeds. By providing this opportunity it allows the artisans repair their homes, feed their families, and rebuild their communities. Heart of Haiti is also creating opportunities for artists to work with US designers. This program is promoting the sustainability of traditional Haitian arts and culture, while helping the people to rebuild their lives. For more information on Heart of Haiti, please go here.

You can help support the Heart of Haiti project by purchasing one of the creative masterpieces that are handcrafted by Haitian artisans for yourself or to give as a meaningful gift. You can find the items online at the Heart of Haiti page at Macy's. 

My favorite item is the Heart of Haiti Bowl, Fire Bird ($45). It is a beautiful and intricately detailed bowl made from steel cut from recycled drums. It would be a great conversation piece on any coffee table.

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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