Three years ago I arrived in Haiti for the first time with no knowledge of the crazy path God was about to take me on. It was on that trip that I first met 13 incredible children and the incredible Haiti Awake staff who would become people I consider my family and closest friends.
The summer before my last semester of college I decided that I wanted to gain more experience in the field of marketing. Being a Psychology major, I was unsure if anyone would hire me. One day I came across a social media and marketing internship with Mission Made Jewelry. After researching the organization and learning more about their mission, I decided I would apply. Little did I know that I would soon start an internship that instantly touched my heart.
Haiti Awake operates a Children’s Home where they have focused on helping 13 beautiful children thrive in life through formal education, training, and development. Additionally, beyond the Children’s Home they are pro-active about conducting community bible studies and outreach. They have played an integral role in assisting in Hurricane Recovery efforts by distributing food, supplies, and water. We are committed and focused on helping Haiti Awake in their mission and we are grateful that YOUR purchases can help us do that.
Today is the day! After much preparation, our Mission Made team will arrive in Haiti to serve with Haiti Awake. We are so excited for the opportunity to help serve the people of this country and for the chance to meet with Pappilion, one of our artisan groups. We wanted to share with you all, a little more in depth, about what makes these organizations so special and why we are so excited to be working with them. "Statistics are one thing, but friends are another". After the devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2008, Becky Graves began to wonder why...
In two short weeks, Mission Made Jewelry's founder and CEO, Ross Marino, as well as our project director, Kaitlyn Hopfer, will have the wonderful opportunity to lead a team of eight volunteers to Tabbarre, Port Au Prince, Haiti. Since we get to work with so many wonderful organizations in many different parts of the world, the team has put a lot of thought into why Haiti is where they are lead to go. More than 80% of Haitians live below the poverty line, and they have the highest percentage of orphans in the western hemisphere due to lack of economic resources. When we discovered Haiti Awake, an organization run by Wilmington local Becky Graves, Haiti seemed like the clear choice.