(picture from National Geographic One Year Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake)
Can you imagine what it is like to live in a third world country where you would have to live on about a dollar a day? I mean, what could you buy for a dollar? Sometimes (a lot of the time in fact), they have to live on even less than that. They do not have the privilege to eat 3 squares a day (and don't even think about snacks). They most likely won't even have clean water to drink.
This is what it is like in Haiti. It is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere (that is where we live). It is less than 700 miles from the white sand beaches of Florida - where countless Americans drop hundreds of dollars on the all-American vacation - way more money than a typical Haitian would make in an entire year. If you have been to Disneyworld - you probably paid more to get in for one day than a Haitian makes in a year. Gulp!
It is an island, so there aren't a lot of options for trash. Think about how many bags of trash you send to the curb each week. Even though we recycle a lot of our trash, there is still a lot of trash. I hadn't thought about how much cardboard we used until we started to recycle it. We eat a lot of cereal! In Haiti, they have started a craft from these discarded cereal boxes. They turn them into beads - beautiful beads! It is hard to imagine this beautiful bracelet was once a box of cereal, but it was! And I'm giving it away (see what you need to do in order to be eligible below)! The bracelet comes with a tag that tells you who made the bracelet with a short description about them. This particular atisan is Beloni and is a twice a widow.
Now, you may be wondering how, living in the middle of corn-ville, USA, did I get my hands on this wonderful bracelet from Haiti. Some of the people in Haiti are making this jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, earrings) as a trade. How wonderful that they have an opportunity to make something and sell it in order to buy food for their family and send their children to school!
You can help!
You can host a jewelry party and nearly all the proceeds go directly back to Haiti. It doesn't cost you anything except opening your home (or church) to people so they can shop. The details can be found on the Three Angels website.
This is how easy it is…
1) Contact Krista McCarty about scheduling a party. Have an idea of the date & approximately how many might attend.
2) Krista will ship your jewelry to you.
3) Host your party and track your sales.
4) Collect the proceeds and send them back to Krista with any unsold jewelry.
This is how you can enter for a chance to
WIN THIS BRACELET.
I will randomly select a person from the comments on this post on Sunday, September 4th.
** You can leave a comment for the following **
** One comment after you start to follow this blog.
** One comment after you like our new Facebook Page.
** One comment with a story of how your life (or someone in your immediate family) has been impacted by the people of Haiti (mission trip, impacted by the Earthquake).
** One comment telling me that you shared this story on facebook
** 5 comments if you decide host a jewelry party of your own
You are an automatic winner of another bracelet if you decide to sponsor a child to attend the Three Angels Academy (please either leave a comment or email me directly). How wonderful if you would decide to impact the future of a child and that child's future family by sending them to school for an education! What a blessing that would be!
And lastly - please join me in praying for the people in Haiti. They live in an environment that we cannot even imagine. At a minimum, let us all lift them up in prayer.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’