Saturday, January 8, 2011

Heart of Haiti Benefits Haitian Survivors

With the anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti looming just a few days away, Jan. 12, Macy's is sponsoring Heart of Haiti—Shop for a Better World. You can visit the shop at

The devastating earthquake impacted the culture of Haiti and affected Haitians and others worldwide. In the United States, Haitian ex-patriots gathered together with other Americans to support their families and former countrymen in the wake of the disaster. 

Willa Shalit ( brought Rwanda Path to Peace and Heart of Haiti to Macy's attention. She recognized the need for sustainable income in these countries and with her company, Fairwinds Trading. The Heart of Haiti initiative employs 450 artists in Haiti and has provided some financial benefits for an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country.

Willa is hands on in Haiti and has made several trips since the earthquake. She is orchestrating a blogger trip and under Willa’s guidance, to allow bloggers to see firsthand the impact that this program has had on individuals, families, and communities. The trip, scheduled for the end of February, will cost approximately $800 per blogger, but should benefit the Haitian cause by bringing information back about the continuing plight of Haitians. 

Heart of Haiti benefits Haitian survivors directly through employment and through fund-raising. What's your favorite piece at the Heart of Haiti Shop?

I was selected for this very special “CleverHaiti” opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity. All opinions are my own. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. Please see my disclosure statement for more information.

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