HAITI – Over the past several months I have had so many conversations about this country and its people. “Isn’t that the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere?”, “I heard that there is trash everywhere”, “Do you go there to feed the starving children?” They are all valid questions, and questions I answer, but not before defending this beautiful country and the riches that it possesses. This, is Haiti. There are mountains filled with greenery, flowers full of vibrant colors, and most of all there are smiling faces filled with hope and love.
It is true, that Haiti is in fact the “poorest” country in the Western Hemisphere, over 80% of the population lives on less than $2 per day but as I approach my 3rd visit to Haiti this year I feel motivated to focus more on the beauty of Haiti rather than the poverty.
In 5 short days I will be heading to Haiti with a team to spend time with our friends at Haiti Awake. There are tons of opportunities to go on short term trips to Haiti alongside various organizations but Mission Made partners directly with Haiti Awake because they provide us with the incredible opportunity to work alongside Haitians, encouraging long-term mutually beneficial relationships.
While we are in Haiti we will be visiting a few new artisan groups that we will be introducing in the fall (TEASER ALERT). Each of these groups are focusing on new and creative ways to use recycled materials to make incredible hand-crafted items. Also, we will be visiting Croix-Des-Bouquets which is the metal works capital of Haiti. The artisans here going through training programs to convert recycled steel metal drums into incredible artwork, décor, and jewelry. Ronald Jeudy, pictured below was just one of the amazing artisans that we spent time with during our last trip. By going into his shop and purchasing products he has created we help to ensure that him and his family have the necessary needs to survive. Make sure to follow us on social media, we will be posting throughout the trip.
A sweet friend recently gave me a life-changing book. Have you ever had a book shake you at the core and make you reconsider your entire life? This was one of those. In Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber he looks at something I have stumbled with for some time now, is it possible to know the world and still love the world?
Over and over he asks, “knowing what I know, what will I do?”.
The story of Beljoy. Told by, the founder of Beljoy, Abby Clevenger.
My husband's family has had relationships in Haiti for over 40 years. He grew up going to Haiti and fell in love with the people. When he came back from a trip in 2014, he felt a strong burden to create opportunities for the Haitian people by providing them jobs and helping them become self sustaining.