Yesterday, the Haitian people went to the polls to elect a new president. Throughout the day, I wondered about the young Haitian women I met at KOFAVIV, a Haitian women’s organization that serves women and girls who experience violence, during my Heart of Haiti blogger ambassador trip in February. Before I left, we took a lot of photos together. I took some time to look at our photos and noted the pride they displayed on their faces as they showed me their beautiful hand-painted picture frames (see photo- omitted the young women’s faces to protect them). They were works in process that are probably finished by now. I am hoping the young women will be able to sell them as a part of their work with KOFAVIV’s young women’s microenterprise program (funded by MADRE). Two young ladies asked me to keep in touch with them via email. So I sent them an email in French with the photos. I hope they respond so we can begin a digital sisterhood connection. I know this email exchange will open the door to ways in which I can expand my support of KOFAVIV in 2011 and beyond.
Click here to listen to my audio blog about my email and the KOFAVIV young ladies.
FYI: This morning I also sent the KOFAVIV staff (listed on their Facebook page) an email about the photos so they would be aware of my communication with the young ladies.
Ananda, you are incredible. I hope you do hear back from the girls. Let us know how they’re doing. Visiting KOFAVIV was probably the most impactful part of the trip for me. I think about them all the time. I’m so thankful you’re building an ongoing relationship with them and can’t wait for an update!
Heather (aka Bella!) 🙂