Haitian Creations is Heartline's program that helps women learn life skills and empowers them to be business owners. These Haitian women learn how to create products in a safe environment, where they can learn to be proud of the beautiful work they create. Trades of Hope is excited to be carrying some of their unique products for our next catalog, and our donation was able to help these ladies increase production and buy materials for their work!
Their maternity center is also helping save many lives. "Giving birth is dangerous business for Haiti's poor, who suffer by far the highest maternal mortality ratio in the Western Hemisphere. Out of 100,000 live births, 670 Haitian women died of pregnancy-related causes, according to UNICEF" (msnbc.com). In a place where it is very dangerous to give birth to a child, Heartline's maternity center is rescuing women and teaching them how to properly care for their children once born. Our $1000 donation will go toward building a new maternity center as well!
At the end of November, I had the personal privilege of traveling to Heartline and meeting the wonderful artisans that create our soon to be products. As I drove down the dusty Haitian road where they are located, I had no idea the unique community existing just inside the building's doors. As the green doors opened, I was met with smiles and hugs. The sounds of cooking, ladies laughing, sewing machines creating, and friends being made overwhelmed me.
Chandler, Haitian Creation's director of design and development, greeted me as I walked in. She told me her story about how she had decided to move to Haiti from the States with her new husband and help run Haitian Creations. As we entered each room, she kissed some of the ladies on the forehead, she told others how beautiful they looked, and she encouraged others on their work. Her radiant spirit soaked into each room and the artisan's smiles showed that this was truly a place where love and freedom was cultivated. We visited the sewing rooms, the cooking room, the beading room, and the literacy room...even the maternity center was next door! So many rooms filled with life! And that is truly what is happening at Heartline's Haitian Creations - life. Raw, real, beautiful life is being remade, recreated, renewed through sustainable business and ministry.
Trades of Hope is excited to donate money for our Gifts of Hope program each month, and we could not think of someone who deserves it more than these ladies. These artisans have a reason to get up in the morning. They can go to work and be greeted with wonderful ladies, like Chandler, who constantly remind them that they are business women, strong and independent. They are women of worth, and no one can take that away from them.
While at Haitian Creations, I had the privilege to photograph and film some of these ladies. I have included some photos and a video below. In a world where reality can sometimes be unbearable, Haitian Creations has cultivated a culture of love, acceptance, and empowerment. They have brought light to the darkness.
Haitian Creations says 'thank you ' to Trades of Hope and our customers! To learn more about Heartline, visitwww.heartlineministries.org. Without your sales and purchases, we would not have been able to impact these women worldwide. We are honored to work with you to change the world!
Have a Merry Christmas from all of us at Trades of Hope!
Through out the year, Trades of Hope gives donations to programs that promote long term business or education all over the world!
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