Hurricane Irma hit Hispanola, the island of Haiti and the Dominican Republic yesterday. I can only imagine the destruction. You may remember that after the Haitian Earthquake in 2010, we made little comfort dolls for children in an orphanage there. This was a project that was spearheaded by the good folks at Pins & Needles, the yarn store in Princeton, and they took care of shipping the dolls to Haiti. I don't know if there are any plans to do that again.
But in the meantime, I have learned about an organization based in a remote village in Haiti that is helping women to earn an income through embroidery and sewing. These women live in an area where there is no electricity. Even without the trauma of Irma's damage, these women live in extreme poverty. Earning a small amount through their crafts makes a big difference.
According to a press received, the organization Hatian Projects was started by an American woman, Sarah Hackett, She created this cooperative, which has become the second largest employer in this region of Haiti. Among their products are:
· Lavender Sachets - Mini Set of 3: Hand embroidered and filled with open-bud lavender, these sachets showcase the exquisite stitches that the Haiti women are capable of. A heavenly scent, customers use these in their dresser drawers, cars or as a special surprise when wrapping gifts for holidays, especially Christmas. Sold in sets of three of each design, 100 percent linen and washable, refillable.
· Embroidered Nightgowns: Whether you want a Garland, Tulip, or Butterfly stitch, each beautiful nightgown is designed for comfort with ample arm opening and a generous skirt falling to the knee. It washes, wears beautifully, and will last for years to come!
· Tea Towels - Because I Said So!: What mom hasn’t uttered these words? Give your beautiful mama something to point at in the kitchen with this durable canvas material. Perfect to hang in your kitchen, or your mom’s or even your mother-in-law’s, it will be the ultimate answer to that dreaded question: But why do I have to?
The press release continues:
A brand that truly embodies fashion with compassion, Haiti Projects strengthens education, raises income, and brings joy to the people of Fond des Blancas through the beautiful, intricate art of embroidery.
Want to turn your jeans into a canvas for your life story? Haiti Projects has teamed up with Threaded Tales to express your loves, passions, milestones, and joys. Paying three times fair-trade wages to local artisans of Haiti Projects, each piece of clothing embroidered provides an artisan with the funds to educate her child for one year.
Haiti Projects products are available online at https://haitiprojects.org and on Shopify, Facebook, The Grommet, boutiques and consignment stores, and in the local market in Haiti.
The press release says you can follow Haiti Projects on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but I can't get the links in the press release to work. So go to the website, which has plenty of information: haitiprojects.org.