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Heart of Haiti brings beauty, warm and comfort to my household. There is something about a beautiful piece of art that serves more than one purpose. When it has a back story you feel a personal connection to the hands that created. When you know that this item is what allows this artisan to care for their family and contribute to the growth of their country, you can’t help but smile and decide on your next purchase. When you have a connection to the region the piece comes from based on your family background, you understand how the very hands that created this piece could very well be the hands of any of your ancestors.
When I received this beautiful Heart of Haiti Yellow Striped Paper Mache Vase it took me a few days to even open the package. You see I remember the morning the earthquake struck. I remember watching the news coverage and immediately calling some of my very best friends to find out if their families members were ok. I remember the devastation, the tears and the triumphant stories. As my family is from Jamaica which is not that far from Haiti, I remember feeling how real this was and how this could very well be my family and my country. I prayed for Haiti, I supported any way I could and I continue to do so today.
So as I sit here and plan the final parts to my dining room makeover, I know this vase will hold a special place in the set up. I know I will be able to share the story of this vase, the Earthquake and the beauty of the people making a comeback in spite of the tough conditions they still face in Haiti. Knowing this vase is my way of giving back to those who need it most makes it more than just another home decor piece.
You can find the Heart of Haiti collection at Macy’s. I will be getting the sister vase to this beauty in the blue and white color along with a few other pieces. Every bit of support counts. Purchase on as a gift that gives hope to display in your home or for someone you love.
Facts about Heart of Haiti
- Heart of Haiti was started by social entrepreneur Willa Shalit, Macy’s and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund in 2010 after the devasting 7.0 magnitude Earthquake which killed over 250,000 people, injured over 300K and left 1M+ homeless
- Artisans receive 50% of the wholesale price
- The average Haitian’s annual income is $400
- Haiti has approximately 400,000 artisans who rely solely on their handcrafted goods for income
- Artisans face obstacles including limited access to raw materials, limitations on marketing their products and poor infrastructure.
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