Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Heart of Haiti

Several of my close family members had the opportunity to travel to Haiti this fall, and they came back with some heartbreaking stories and photos.  So I'm always looking for ways to help out, and was happy to learn about a program called Heart of Haiti.

This is a great program that is helping rebuild Haiti through trade, not aid. Rather than a one-time donation, Heart of Haiti creates opportunities for Haitian artisans to earn money and creates jobs and income for the country.The Heart of Haiti collection is an array of handmade products for the home -- quilts, metalwork, ceramics, and paintings -- created by Haitian artisans. Each item is designed by a Haitian master artisan and produced by hand in Haiti from recycled materials. So far the program has led to employment of 350 artists in Haiti and has provided financial benefits for 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country.

Most items are in the $25-$60 range and include vases, candleholders, serving trays, picture frames, mirrors, coasters, necklaces, clutch purses and more. If you'd like to do some of your holiday shopping, get a truly unique item or two, and help out people who really need it, consider buying some items from the Heart of Haiti collection at

Disclosure: I'm writing this post for Heart of Haiti through a Mom Bloggers Club member program and will receive a Heart of Haiti pendant necklace as thanks for my time in posting.