The Hands & Feet Project, caring for the orphaned and abandoned children of Haiti since 2004, is excited to announce Haiti Made, purposed to bring economic hope to a country that has been defined by extreme poverty, joblessness and entitlement. Born from the need to create jobs for young adults transitioning out of orphan care, Haiti Made has joined with the people of Haiti to create dignified opportunities that equip and empower them to take responsibility for their own lives and the future of their nation.
“One of our growing convictions as we continue to provide help, is the need to also provide solutions,” shares Mark Stuart, co-founder and Executive Director of Hands & Feet Project. “A few months ago a few of us from Hands & Feet came together and developed a product line. Haiti Made is not only going to give our children a transitional period where they can learn important vocational skills but also employ marginalized groups all over south Haiti and hopefully, some day, across the whole island.”
To fulfill the vision of Haiti Made and to invite others into the story, the Hands & Feet Project has launched a Haiti Made Kickstarter campaign. Launched back on June 25 the project has already exceeded its goal but pledges are still welcome with all additional pledges allowing Haiti Made to not only purchase the necessary equipment to scale up operations, hire additional experts and local craftsmen, and create jobs for young adults aging out of orphan care, and other marginalized people groups, but to push those boundaries further..
Rob Murray, Project Manager of Haiti Made, states, “There is so much potential in Haiti and all we’re doing is gathering together to raise money to help unlock that potential. The future is bright! What if instead of more charity and more giving to the people of Haiti, we started to buy from them, and in doing so we deliver hope and dignity? That’s what Haiti Made is all about.”
Watch the video below, and view the kickstarter campaign page below that, to see how you join the story. Also be sure to visit HaitiMade.com and HandsandFeetProject.org to find out more. A few of the items from the Haiti Made product line are pictured below.
Story Source: Merge PR