Friday, December 14, 2012

Heart Of Haiti Holiday Stars

Are you familiar with Heart of Haiti?  In case you are not I will give you a little background information on this program.
  • The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, jewelry and paintings all made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood
  • Purchasing items from Macy’s Heart of Haiti is an easy way to contribute to the Haitian community, which now in light of Hurricane Sandy, needs our help more than ever.
  • Macy’s Heart of Haiti upholds the belief that “trade not aid” is a powerful way to create sustainable work and much needed financial opportunities.
  • The initiative allows opportunities for the artists to work with US designers, helping strengthen international artisan relationships and making their products viable in the US market. The Heart of Haiti campaign pays in excess of fair wage to the talented artisans who create the product, giving them the dignity of work and economic self-determination.
  • To date the program has employed 780 artisans, which has improved the lives of over 6,200 individuals. The Heart of Haiti initiative provides artists with an opportunity to make a living, feed their families and pay their children’s school fees.
  • Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and despite the devastating earthquake people there are filled with hope and a desire to improve their lives through employment.
To check out some of the amazing work done by these artists visit Macy's Heart of Haiti.

I love my Heart of Haiti star ornament, here is a picture of it in our tree:

When I look at it I am reminded of my very own star shining down on me and my family, my father.  He was a special man and we lost him way too early.  My father struggled with many challenges for most of his life and he was also the strongest man I knew.  He was brave and amazing and we miss him greatly.  I nestled this star among my children's ornaments (I felt it belonged there) amongst my Sweet Girls ballerina and my Little Mans toy airplane.  I also felt it should be right near the word "Peace" because I do believe that while we miss my father  immensely , he is now at peace.  I wrote about my father a while back and his diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer, I didn't mention that at the young age of 55 my father had a stroke that left him paralyzed on one side of his body and left his speech impaired.  My father worked hard to maintain his independence  - he was an important part of my family and my children's lives.  We miss him a lot and having this star in our tree will remind us of him whenever we look at it.
Now that I think about it, it is a such a beautiful star and I think I could definitely find a permanent home for it on our house so we can see it all the time.

Do you have a star in your life?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #CleverHaiti


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