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Heart of Haiti (Part II)

Sunday, October 31, 2010
It has been just over one week since I went to the San Francisco launch of Heart of Haiti at Macy’s in Union Square where I nibbled on jerk chicken with papaya salsa, drank watermelon lemonade, listened to and bounced to the music of Haitian performer Sophis Dorsainvil, and re-connected with Pascale Faublas, one of the skilled Haitian artisans/designers I met in Miami at Blogalicious several weeks ago (she remembered me right away!). I admit I felt a little guilty about having such a good time when so many people in Haiti are suffering. But I’m pretty sensitive in that way.

Jerk chicken with papaya salsa.  Yummmm.
Haitian performer Sophis Dorsainvil

An image of designer/artisan Pascale Faublas sets off some of the Haitian artwork in the foreground.

Haitian designer/artisan Pascale Faublas & Me =)  (Notice the hair.)

Dannie James =)
I now know what took me so long to not only respond to Sophis' Facebook friend request but to report back to all of you. I guess you could say I’ve been busy, which is true; but I realize that my avoidance has been for the same reason I took so long to get back to Marilyn, the girlfriend of my dear friend Dannie who recently passed away from cancer. Marilyn sent me an email requesting my mailing address so that she could send me a copy of Dannie’s obituary and I just. couldn’t. respond. You see, I've been grieving Dannie's loss and wasn't ready to physically touch his obituary. “Makes it real when you touch it,” is how I explained it to Marilyn when I finally got back to her just yesterday…and this is how I in turn can explain it to you. Writing this post (and finally "friending" Sophis) makes Haiti’s ongoing suffering real for me…even though it has been over 10 months since the earthquake. Call me crazy, but it’s true.

That being said, and as mentioned in a previous post, I intend to be an ambassador for Heart of Haiti and look forward to helping in whatever way I can. In the meantime, I will order gifts from the Collection online this holiday season which will put sustainable income in the hands of Haitian artisans and I encourage you to do the same. I did do a little shopping of my own in Macy’s last Saturday (boots, pants, lunch, etc.), but my most treasured purchase was a heart. A heart from Haiti. =)


Rhonda Jatta on: October 31, 2010 at 3:36 PM said...

I must admit that though I initially contributed money and items to hgelp the people of Haiti, I have not even thought about them in a while. I guess it does seem so real, the pain and loss, once you start to think about it. I am going to buy the vase because it will lookj absolutley beautiful on my black dining room table and it will remind me dailhy to be thankful and grateful for life period. Besides the cause makes it worth it.

Unknown on: November 1, 2010 at 12:17 AM said...

An ambassador for the underdog you are already Tracey! Thank you for taking a stand for the people of Haiti.
Much love!

Anonymous on: November 1, 2010 at 11:42 AM said...

Thank you so much for being so supportive of the Heart of Haiti project and for your beautiful posts! It was great meeting you at Blogalicious this year when I attended as part of the Heart of Haiti team. I'm so moved by this post and your writing. Each post and each purchase is truly making a difference in the lives of these Haitian artisans and their communities. Thank you! ~ Lauren T

Unknown on: November 1, 2010 at 1:48 PM said...

Rhonda...I LOVE that you are going to get the vase as a reminder to be thankful! More importantly, it's a reminder that there are people in Haiti still suffering and artisans that need and are getting your help through art. Thank you for that. =)
Sophis & Lauren...Thank you. =) It is the least that I can do.


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