Guess what? I am a Heart of Haiti Ambassador! You may be wondering what is the Heart of Haiti? The Heart of Haiti campaign is a Macy’s partnership that was created to provide sustainable income to Haitian artisans impacted by the January earthquake. Through the partnership, the artisans create artwork that is sold as the Heart of Haiti collection in Macy’s stores. The sales from these hand-made products including quilts, metalwork, paper måché, painting and jewelry generate the sustainable income and provide trade instead of aid to the Haitian artisans. The Clinton Foundation inspired Macy’s to create this amazing partnership. Macy’s is selling the Heart of Haiti collection at 25 stores including the Metro Center location in Washington, DC (for all my DC area folks) and on macys.com.
I learned about the Heart of Haiti campaign during the Blogalicious 2010 Conference held on October 8-10, 2010, in Miami, Florida. During a speed networking session, I met Danica Kombol, a managing and founding partner at Everywhere, who introduced me to the Heart of Haiti Campaign. Click here to listen to my interview with Danica: www.cinchcast.com/anandaleeke/100144.
Later that morning, I listened to a Heart of Haiti campaign presentation featuring Willa Shalit and two Haitian artisans. They discussed the powerful work they are doing to create artwork and support Haitian artisans as they rebuild their lives after the January earthquake. That’s when I fell head of heels in love with their work.
After the presentation, I visited the Heart of Haiti booth in the Blogalicious Exhibitor Hall to learn how I could support the campaign. Lauren Thomas, former digital coordinator with Everywhere, gave me more information about the artwork and campaign. My conversation with Lauren turned into an interview. Click here to listen: www.cinchcast.com/anandaleeke/100204.
A week after I returned to DC, I received emails from Lauren and the Blogalicious team about a local Heart of Haiti event at Macy’s at Metro Center featuring my favorite Haitian singer Emeline Michel. Visit www.emeline-michel.com. I decided to attend and invite my dad so he could learn more about the campaign. We were both impressed with the campaign and collection. Click here to see photos of the Heart of Haiti events I have attended: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anandaleeke/sets/72157625478398964.
My dad has become a big fan of the Heart of Haiti collection. So has my mother! I plan on recruiting other family members, friends, and people who read my blog by serving as an ambassador!
Please support the Heart of Haiti campaign by purchasing a product from the Macy’s collection this holiday season! See the links below for more information.
Macy’s Heart of Haiti:
Heart of Haiti on Twitter: http://twitter.com/heartofhaiti
Heart of Haiti Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/HeartofHaiti
Fair Winds Trading: http://fairwindstrading.com
Willa Shalit on Twitter: http://twitter.com/willashalit