HOME DECOR: Heart of Haiti's 6 Year AnniversaryFriday, January 15, 2016
6 years ago on January 12th, 2010 the country of Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that took an unimaginable amount of lives, and obliterated an already struggling infrastructure. For countries like Haiti, where people live on less than $2.00 a day, where would they go for help? How would they rebuild? The goodness of people around the world came to the rescue, and help came in droves from countries around the world. While the cause was terrible, it was amazing to see the world put aside their differences and come together to give aid to those in need.
One company, took it upon themselves to create a unique way of giving back to the people of Haiti. That company was Macy's. Based on the old saying "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man how to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime.", Macy's created the Heart of Haiti campaign shortly after the earthquake. I've talked about the Heart of Haiti campaign several times on my blog, since I've learned about it. I love bringing awareness to this amazing cause, and giving back to those in need. The Heart of Haiti campaign allows artisans of Haiti to sell their products to Macy's customers. Haiti is full of amazing craftsman, and I imagine their spirits may have been down after the earthquake. Who would they sell too, in a country so devastated? This campaign not only allows the artisans to have hope, and use the skills that they have honed over the years to pay their own way, but it gives them a customer. 50% of every purchase goes back to the people of Haiti.
It's easy to forget about what happened in Haiti. When the media pulls out, and no one is talking about it every day on social media, but have the people of Haiti forgotten? No. This program continues to make a difference, long after the hype has passed. When it was first started, Macy's had to overcome obstacles; no infrastructure in place to house and ship the goods, but 6 years later the program is still going strong. A lot of us will never know what it feels like to go through that type of devastation. I think about the victims of Katrina....they know. But for those of us who have never been affected by a natural disaster, let's not forget those in need. More than likely you've purchased, or plan to purchase a home decor item for your apartment or home. Won't you consider an item from the Macy's Heart of Haiti campaign? Give back, while beautifying your home. Each piece is signed by the Artisan who crafted it, and a note is attached to the item. My tray was created by P. Satyr Jacmel. Having an item in my house that means so much to Satyr, and helps him provide for his family, is an amazing feeling. You can shop all of the offerings here: http://www.macys.com/giftsthatgivehope.
Thanks to Macy's you can check out just how the artisans make some of these decor items in this following metal works video:
This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own