One year ago, life changed in Haiti. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck forever changing the landscape and lives of the people who lived on this Caribbean island. Over 230,000 lives had been taken, 300,000 injured, and 1,000,000 left homeless. What was left made it virtually impossible to sustain a livelihood and that is where Heart of Haiti emerged.
Heart of Haiti, founded by Willa Shalit, partnering with Macy’s offers opportunities for local artisans so use their craft, their art, their skill, to help create positive change in their ravaged homeland. Artisans are able to use income from the proceed of their sales to pay for their homes,school fees, and clothing for their families. Purchasing one of these works of art gives back to the artisan to directly support their family. These one of a kind masterpieces carry on the tradition of Haitian culture and history and help restore dignity and pride in local artisans and families.
The pieces are stunning. A few of my favorites are:
From the brightly colored woodworking to the sculpted jewelry, every one of these masterpieces brings good. Who doesn’t want that? Shopping for good. Not only can you purchase works of art, but the money you spend has a real impact that goes beyond the walls of your home. And yes, if you are a family member or friend, it is entirely likely that your present this year will come from this magnificent collection. And come to think of it, Principessa will be graduating from kindergarten this year at her Montessori. In a time that we are trying to teach her to give back, these pieces would make fantastic gifts for her teachers.
More information on the Heart of Haiti Project and the products for purchase can be found http://www.macys.com/heartofhaiti.
Learn more about founder and philanthropist Willa Shalit here.
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