Here are a few updates for what's going on with Haiti by Hand as of late...
Look for products made by the Haitian women at Silver Bella in Omaha this year. My dear friend, Charlotte Lyons, will have a few Haiti by Hand items at her table at the bella market on Friday night, November 12, from 6-10 pm. The smallest purchase (like a $5 bracelet!) goes so far to help the women in Haiti. Let's not forget them!
The women are still working on their items at this time. Our ultimate goal is for the ladies to have their own mini-businesses by making and selling their own items in Haiti. We've been thrilled to help them by bringing items back to the states and selling for them. And we will continue to do so for a while until they are standing on their own a little more securely.
We will be traveling back down to Haiti probably in the early spring to assess how the women are coming along. We'll take the last of the supplies that you have donated and distribute those. And we will be making decisions on how to best distribute the funds that have been donated for the women. Those who are most in need will be the first to receive help. Housing, generators, education for themselves and/or their children, medical needs...these are just a few of the areas where we will focus our attention. We want to be very thorough and careful about how we distribute the funds you've donated. And doesn't it feel good to know that every penny will go directly to a Haitian woman in need?
You have been so very generous in sending crafting materials for the women...wow! Right now, we are not accepting any more materials. We have been overwhelmed (in a very good way!) by the response to this need. And the women are so very grateful and thrilled when they see me coming with more boxes. It's all thanks to each of you. What a blessing you are.
Okay, so we will continue to keep you posted as things transpire. Please don't forget these women! They are so precious and important in this world. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.