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Great News — Ananda is going to Haiti as a Heart of Haiti Blogger Ambassador!

I had to come back from my social media vacation and share the great news!  Recently, I was selected to travel to Haiti as a Heart of Haiti Blogger Ambassador with Willa Shalit of Fairwinds Trading and the Everywhere team on February 25-28.

When I return from my trip, I will host a live chat on Vokle about my experiences on March 5 at 8:00 pm ET.  Please join me. Click here to register and participate in the online chat.

One more thing — I began 2011 with a commitment to conduct digital advocacy and raise funds on Crowdrise.com for two Haitian organizations over the next two years (January 2011 – January 2013):

I am also raising funds for Renewal 4 Haiti with my “Open your heart to Haiti today!” CafePress.com site. Please consider making a donation to support these organizations. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

I’ll be back to my social media schedule in March. Until then, enjoy February!


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Twitter Highlights from 1/19 Heart of Haiti Ambassador Show on Digital Sisterhood Radio

Last night’s Digital Sisterhood Radio show featuring a discussion about the digital advocacy efforts of Heart of Haiti Ambassadors “Mommy Niri” Nirasha Jaganath and ‘”Real Life Sarah” Sarah Pinnix was filled with insights on the power of giving back and supporting Haitian artisans through Macy’s Heart of Haiti partnership.  See highlights from the Twitter conversation below.  If you missed the show, click here to listen to the audio recording.

Twitter Highlights from 1/19 Heart of Haiti show on Digital Sisterhood Radio:

  1. Photo__36__normalmommyniri RT @DigitalSisterhd: Thank you @mommyniri & @realifesarah for being great guests tonight on the #heartofhaiti show. You both rocked! #digitalsisterhood about 16 hours ago via TweetChat
  2. DonnaShenk @RealLIfeSarah I’m hoping to really dive into using my blogging to help serve and support #haiti #heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  3. Photo__36__normal mommyniri RT @AmandaMichelle @digitalsisterhd OH! ppl should check out http://www.farmhaitiNOW.org! #digitalsisterhood #heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via web
  4. Donna92010_copy_400x600 DonnaShenk RT @reallifesarah:I’m so glad you’re with us, Donna!! You are awesome! #digitalsisterhood #heartofhaiti Thanks Sarah for your advice! about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  5. Photo__36__normal mommyniri RT @DigitalSisterhd @reallifesarah is giving simple ways to give back in yr local community now #heartofhaiti #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via web
  6. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normal RealLifeSarah @donnashenk I’m so glad you’re with us, Donna!! You are awesome! #digitalsisterhood #heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  7. Img_0358_normal amandamichelle .@digitalsisterhd OH! ppl should check out http://www.farmhaitiNOW.org! #digitalsisterhood #heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  8. Donna92010_copy_400x600 DonnaShenk How do you mom’s do it? I want to go and serve! I miss the travel and serving of others since motherhood – #Haiti #heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  9. Donna92010_copy_400x600 DonnaShenk RT @reallifesarah: RT @theoutdoorwife: #Haiti shot on an iPhone – jeremycowart: http://jeremycowart.com/#951743/iPhone #heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  10. Photo__36__normal mommyniri RT @DigitalSisterhd @reallifesarah also plans to give #heartofhaiti collection as gifts to family and friends in 2011. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via web
  11. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normal RealLifeSarah RT @theoutdoorwife: #Haiti shot on an iPhone – jeremycowart: http://jeremycowart.com/#951743/iPhone #heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  12. Avt_ladyday93_mediumbraids_normal LADYDAY93 RT @DigitalSisterhd: the #gno #heartofhaiti chat reminded @mommyniri that ppl have taken time out of their lives to discuss important issues. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via TweetChat
  13. Photo__36__normal mommyniri @RealLifeSarah thank you! Tearing up from memories! #heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via web
  14. Photo__36__normal mommyniri RT @DigitalSisterhd @reallifesarah says she was inspired by #heartofhaiti to show her children how the wrld lives. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via web
  15. Donna92010_copy_400x600 DonnaShenk RT @reallifesarah: I LOVE listening to @mommyniri ‘s beautiful voice! Her accent is so cool! #digitalsisterhood #heartofhaiti / beautiful! about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  16. B_normal brittont13 RT @DigitalSisterhd: the diversity of the #gno #heartofhaiti chat was so great says @reallifesarah #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via TweetChat
  17. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normal RealLifeSarah RT @digitalsisterhd: photos of haiti a year later made the experience real for @mommyniri during #heartofhaiti #gno chat #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  18. B_normal brittont13 RT @mommyniri: RT @DigitalSisterhd @reallifesarah said that she shed tears during the #heartofhaiti #gno chat last week becuz she was able 2 talk 2 artist about 17 hours ago via web
  19. Photo__36__normal mommyniri RT @DigitalSisterhd the diversity of the #gno #heartofhaiti chat was so great says @reallifesarah #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via web
  20. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normal RealLifeSarah RT @digitalsisterhd: @RealLifeSarah -shed tears during #heartofhaiti #gno chat last wk bc she was able 2 talk 2 artists #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  21. Photo__36__normal mommyniri RT @DigitalSisterhd @reallifesarah said that she shed tears during the #heartofhaiti #gno chat last week becuz she was able 2 talk 2 artist about 17 hours ago via web
  22. B_normal brittont13 RT @RealLifeSarah: I LOVE listening to @mommyniri ‘s beautiful voice! Her accent is so cool! #digitalsisterhood #heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  23. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normal RealLifeSarah I LOVE listening to @mommyniri ‘s beautiful voice! Her accent is so cool! #digitalsisterhood #heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  24. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normal RealLifeSarah RT @brittont13: RT @DigitalSisterhd: @mommyniri says her fav #heartofhaiti blog post was about going to haiti as an amb. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  25. Photo__36__normal mommyniri RT @DigitalSisterhd @reallifesarah also wrote a great week of posts for giving #heartofhaiti gifts to teachers #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via web
  26. Everywhere_normal beEverywhere RT @DigitalSisterhd: @mommyniri says her fav #heartofhaiti blog post was the one she wrote about going to haiti as an ambassador. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via TweetGrid.com
  27. B_normal brittont13 RT @DigitalSisterhd: @mommyniri says her fav #heartofhaiti blog post was the one she wrote about going to haiti as an ambassador. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via TweetGrid.com
  28. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normal RealLifeSarah RT @digitalsisterhd: @mommyniri has been on receiving end of receiving aid in south africa during riots. #heartofhaiti #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  29. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normal RealLifeSarah Come listen NOW! #HeartofHaiti ambassdrs @banteringblonde @mommyniri @RealLifeSarah @fabdogooder on DSRadio @8pm http://bit.ly/RU8jz about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  30. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normal RealLifeSarah RT @digitalsisterhd: @RealLifeSarah is talking about how she heard @ the #heartofhaiti campaign from @theblogrollers. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  31. 27449_100001453225148_6931_nlaurapic_normal DemLaura33 RT @amandamichelle: RT @digitalsisterhd: #DigitalSisterhood Radio @8pm ET for #HeartofHaiti Ambassadors show. Join us. http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015 about 18 hours ago via HootSuite
  32. Photo__36__normalmommyniri RT @AmandaMichelle@digitalsisterhd OH! ppl should check out http://www.farmhaitiNOW.org! #digitalsisterhood#heartofhaiti about 16 hours ago
  33. DonnaShenk RT @reallifesarah:I’m so glad you’re with us, Donna!! You are awesome! #digitalsisterhood#heartofhaiti Thanks Sarah for your advice! about 16 hours ago via HootSuite
  34. Photo__36__normalmommyniri RT @DigitalSisterhd@reallifesarah is giving simple ways to give back in yr local community now #heartofhaiti#digitalsisterhood about 16 hours ago via web
  35. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normalRealLifeSarah@donnashenk I’m so glad you’re with us, Donna!! You are awesome! #digitalsisterhood#heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  36. Img_0358_normalamandamichelle .@digitalsisterhd OH! ppl should check out http://www.farmhaitiNOW.org! #digitalsisterhood#heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  37. Photo__36__normalmommyniri RT @DigitalSisterhd@reallifesarah also plans to give #heartofhaiti collection as gifts to family and friends in 2011. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via web
  38. Avt_ladyday93_mediumbraids_normalLADYDAY93 RT @DigitalSisterhd: the #gno#heartofhaiti chat reminded @mommyniri that ppl have taken time out of their lives to discuss important issues. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via TweetChat
  39. Face_normalKatherineMO TY! RT @DigitalSisterhd: Happy #Digitalsisterhood Wednesday @thejstandard@vwoodsonhair@heyheylbj@spelmancollege@spelmandmis@marcommodel about 17 hours ago via TweetDeck
  40. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normalRealLifeSarah I feel so humbled, listening to @mommyniri, and all she’s been through! #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  41. Photo__36__normalmommyniri RT @DigitalSisterhd@reallifesarah says she was inspired by #heartofhaiti to show her children how the wrld lives. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via web
  42. Donna92010_copy_400x600DonnaShenk RT @reallifesarah: I LOVE listening to @mommyniri ‘s beautiful voice! Her accent is so cool! #digitalsisterhood#heartofhaiti / beautiful! about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  43. B_normalbrittont13 RT @DigitalSisterhd: the diversity of the #gno#heartofhaiti chat was so great says @reallifesarah#digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via TweetChat
  44. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normalRealLifeSarah RT @digitalsisterhd: photos of haiti a year later made the experience real for @mommyniri during #heartofhaiti#gno chat #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  45. Photo__36__normalmommyniri RT @DigitalSisterhd the diversity of the #gno#heartofhaiti chat was so great says @reallifesarah#digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via web
  46. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normalRealLifeSarah RT @digitalsisterhd: @RealLifeSarah -shed tears during #heartofhaiti#gno chat last wk bc she was able 2 talk 2 artists #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  47. B_normalbrittont13 RT @RealLifeSarah: I LOVE listening to @mommyniri ‘s beautiful voice! Her accent is so cool! #digitalsisterhood#heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  48. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normalRealLifeSarah I LOVE listening to @mommyniri ‘s beautiful voice! Her accent is so cool! #digitalsisterhood#heartofhaiti about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  49. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normalRealLifeSarah RT @brittont13: RT @DigitalSisterhd: @mommyniri says her fav #heartofhaiti blog post was about going to haiti as an amb. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  50. Photo__36__normalmommyniri RT @DigitalSisterhd@reallifesarah also wrote a great week of posts for giving #heartofhaiti gifts to teachers #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via web
  51. Everywhere_normalbeEverywhere RT @DigitalSisterhd: @mommyniri says her fav #heartofhaiti blog post was the one she wrote about going to haiti as an ambassador. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via TweetGrid.com
  52. B_normalbrittont13 RT @DigitalSisterhd: @mommyniri says her fav #heartofhaiti blog post was the one she wrote about going to haiti as an ambassador. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via TweetGrid.com
  53. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normalRealLifeSarah RT @digitalsisterhd: @mommyniri has been on receiving end of receiving aid in south africa during riots. #heartofhaiti#digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  54. B351d3ce-cb8f-4e0a-bf99-84ac3c2eec44_normalRealLifeSarah RT @digitalsisterhd: @RealLifeSarah is talking about how she heard @ the #heartofhaiti campaign from @theblogrollers. #digitalsisterhood about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  55. 27449_100001453225148_6931_nlaurapic_normalDemLaura33 RT @amandamichelle: RT @digitalsisterhd: #DigitalSisterhood Radio @8pm ET for #HeartofHaiti Ambassadors show. Join us. http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015 about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  56. Img_0358_normalamandamichelle RT @digitalsisterhd: #DigitalSisterhood Radio @8pm ET for #HeartofHaiti Ambassadors show. Join us. http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015 about 17 hours ago via HootSuite
  57. Pierrettemimi02protrait-4705_normalyayayarndiva RT @DigitalSisterhd: Use http://tweetchat.com to follow tonight’s #HeartofHaiti show on #Digitalsisterhood Radio at 8pm. #digitalsisterhood about 18 hours ago via TweetChat
  58. Avt_ladyday93_mediumbraids_normalLADYDAY93 RT @DigitalSisterhd: Almost time for #DigitalSisterhood Radio @8pm ET for #HeartofHaiti Ambassadors show. Join us. http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/42015 about 18 hours ago via HootSuite
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How I Plan to Keep the Heart of Haiti Beating in 2011: Way #8 – Host a Radio Show Featuring the Heart of Haiti Ambassadors on 1/19 @8pm ET

Today I am keeping the heart of Haiti beating by hosting a Digital Sisterhood Radio show about the digital advocacy efforts of my fellow Heart of Haiti Ambassadors. Click here to tune into the live show at 8:00 pm ET.  You will have an opportunity to hear from the following Heart of Haiti Ambassadors:

1) Fiona Bryan,

2) Nirasha Jaganath,

3) Sarah Pinnix, and

4) Bessie Winn-Afeku.

 

I will live tweet during the show.  Please use the hashtags #digitalsisterhood and #HeartofHaiti to follow the conversation on Twitter tonight.  You can also use http://tweetchat.com/room/digitalsisterhood.

If you miss the live show, don’t fret. You can click here to listen to an audio recording (search for the January 19th show in the archives section).

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How I Plan to Keep the Heart of Haiti Beating in 2011: Way #7 – Send Healing Love & Light to Haitians & Haiti at 12 noon this week

This morning I listened to Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! program and learned that former despot Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier”   returned to Haiti yesterday.  Anger filled my entire body.  Why? I couldn’t imagine how “Baby Doc” was allowed to return to a country he had harmed deeply.  I carried the anger with me into my morning subway commute.  As I walked to work, I wondered what could I do to keep the Heart of Haiti beating today.  So I decided to use my Digital Sisterhood Twitter account as a vehicle for sharing a message that asked my Twitter followers to join me in taking a deep breathe and sending love and light to Haitians at 12 noon.  I am going to do it this week.  Join me.

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How I Plan to Keep the Heart of Haiti Beating in 2011: Way #6 – Support Haiti with Local Shopping

012, originally uploaded by anandaleeke.

As a Heart of Haiti Ambassador, I am on the look out for ways to keep the Heart of Haiti beating in 2011 and beyond. One way I discovered is to support local entrepreneurs who are raising money to fund projects that help rebuild Haiti. In early January, I discovered a set of fabulous set of recycled black rubber bangles from Haiti made by a DC based photographer Nicole Wolf – http://twitter.com/nicolewolf – in REDEEM, a boutique located in my 14th and U Street, NW neighborhood in DC. I bought a set of three for $10. The money I spent will help support Nicole’s Up from Under Facebook Cause, a Haitian home rebuilding project. If you are in the DC area, drop by REDEEM, 1734 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC to purchase a set of bangles. Visit http://redeemus.com for more information.

Nicole’s Haiti fundraiser inspired me to create my own using my art work from my novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One. Visit my Cafepress.com site for my “Open your heart to Haiti today!” fundraiser – http://www.cafepress.com/openyourhearttohaititoday – to check out t-shirt, cups and other items. Your purchase will help support Renewal 4 Haiti, a grassroots nonprofit organization that is providing medical care in Haiti. Visit http://renewal4haiti.org for more information.

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How I Plan to Keep the Heart of Haiti Beating in 2011: Way #5 – Honor the Memory of 3 Haitian Feminist Leaders Myriam Merlet, Anne-Marie Coriolan, and Magalie Marcelin

Photo Credit: International Women’s Health Coalition – www.flickr.com/photos/iwhc/4328112802

 

Today marks the first year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake.  As a Heart of Haiti Ambassador, I am honoring the memory of three dynamic feminist leaders Myriam Merlet, Anne-Marie Coriolan, and Magalie Marcelin who died as a result of this devastating event. See the photo and look in the background for the wall hanging displaying photos of the three feminist leaders (photo was taken on January 27, 2010 at The International Feminist Solidarity Camp held in the Dominican Republic).

Myriam Merlet served as the chief of staff of Haiti’s Ministry for Gender and the Rights of Women. She was also an author, activist, and founder of Enfofamn, an organization that raises awareness about women through media, collects stories and works to honor their names. She convinced author and playwright Eve Ensler to bring “The Vagina Monologues” play to Haiti.  Her efforts also established safe houses for women in Port-au-Prince and Cap Hatien.

Magalie Marcelin enjoyed a dynamic career as a lawyer, film and stage actress, and founder of  Kay Fanm, a women’s rights organization that addresses domestic violence and provides services, shelter, and microcredit loans to women.

Anne Marie Coriolan was as a top adviser to Haiti’s Ministry for Gender and the Rights of Women and founder of Solidarite Fanm Ayisyen (Solidarity with Haitian Women, or SOFA), an advocacy and services organization.

Today I am sending love and light to these three feminist leaders and the women of Haiti. May we all be inspired by their legacy of service!

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How I Plan to Keep the Heart of Haiti Beating in 2011: Way #4 – Support Fonkoze’s Microfinance Institution Work with Haitian Women

Photo Credit: http://fonkoze.org

My digital advocacy work as a Heart of Haiti Ambassador has opened my heart to Haiti and her people in a major way.  After reading journalist Lisa Armstrong‘s article about Haitian women who are mobilizing to fight for protection and justice for their Haitian sisters after the January 2010 earthquake in the January issue of Essence Magazine, I decided to launch a two year fundraising campaign for Fonkoze, the largest grassroots microfinance institution (MFI) in Haiti that is committed to the economic and social improvement of Haitian people and communities and to the reduction of poverty in the country.  Fonkoze was one the organizations mentioned in Armstrong’s Essence article.

When Father Joseph Philippe, a Haitian Catholic priest, established Fonkoze in 1994 to support the economic development of all Haitians, he targeted Haitian women.  Since then, Fonkoze has served more than 45,000 women borrowers, most of whom live and work in the countryside of Haiti, and more than 200,000 savers. What a powerful legacy!

So today I am sharing how I plan to donate $10 per month to Fonkaze via its web site (will make my first donation on January 12th) and to raise awareness and funding through my Crowdrise fundraising project from January 12, 2011 to January 2013.  I will also use my Digital Sisterhood Network blog, Twitter page, monthly Tweetchats, online and offline events, and radio show programs to raise awareness and seek donations for Fonkoze via Crowdrise.

Tomorrow morning I will lead a short online yoga and meditation session at 7:00 am ET that will be dedicated to the people of Haiti and organizations like Fonkoze.  Click here to participate in the live show. If you miss it, you can watch the video.  At the end of the session, I will invite everyone to join me in supporting Fonkoze by making a donation to their web site and/or my Crowdrise fundraising project this week to honor Haiti and her people on the first anniversary of the January 12th earthquake.

You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to make a donation.  Feel free to do it now. See the links above. Thank you for your support!

PS: Check out the video below featuring one of Fonkoze’s graduates.It is powerful. It will open your heart even more to Haiti and her people!

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How I Plan to Keep the Heart of Haiti Beating in 2011: Way #2 – Support “Open your heart to Haiti today!” fundraiser on CafePress.com

Artwork by Ananda Leeke

“Open your heart to Haiti today!” is a fundraiser I launched to raise money for Renewal 4 Haiti, a 501(c)(3) grassroots nonprofit organization founded by Haitians committed to bringing medical care and skills training to Léogâne, the epicenter of the Haitian earthquake in 2010. I was inspired to launch this fundraiser while serving as an ambassador for the Heart of Haiti campaign, a “Trade not Aid” partnership between Macy’s, Fairwinds Trading, and BrandAid.  The fundraiser allows me to use my  artwork from my novel Love’s Troubadours – Karma: Book One on Cafe Press t-shirts, cups, and other apparel to raise money for Renewal 4 Haiti.  The artwork is a drawing of the Haitian love and healing goddess Erzulie’s veve, a symbol used during Vodun ceremonies. See photo on the left.

How You Can Help: Visit my Cafe Press web site to learn more about the “Open your heart to Haiti today!” fundraiser and make a purchase during 2011. The proceeds of each sale will be donated to Renewal 4 Haiti. ($3 on each sale).  FYI – I only receive $3 for each item sold.  So no money comes to me. It all goes to Renewal 4 Haiti!   Thank you for your support!

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How I Plan to Keep the Heart of Haiti Beating in 2011: Way #1 – Use my social media sites, Crowdrise, and monthly donation to promote and support Renewal 4 Haiti

Guess what I did this weekend? I wrote down the ways I can keep the heart of Haiti beating in 2011.  The first item on my list is using social media and a monthly online contribution of $10 to promote and support Renewal 4 Haiti,  a 501(c)(3) grassroots nonprofit organization founded by Haitians committed to bringing medical care and skills training to Léogâne, the epicenter of the Haitian earthquake in 2010. When I pressed click to complete my PayPal donation yesterday and developed my Crowdrise social media fundraising site today, my heart opened wider to the people of Haiti.  Something else happened. I was inspired to ask you to open your heart and give a donation to Renewal for Haiti this week in honor of everyone impacted by the January 12th earthquake in 2010. Did you know that you can also volunteer to give a fundraiser for Renewal 4 Haiti in your local community or work for the organization in Haiti for a week?  Click here for more information. More Information About Renewal 4 Haiti: Renewal 4 Haiti’s founders Jodel and Sue Charles are Haitian immigrants living in Denver, Colorado.  They launched their organization in February 2010 which is 100%-powered by unpaid volunteers. Since February 2010, Renewal 4 Haiti has  provided shelter for 600 families, send backpacks filled with supplies to 100 schoolchildren, ship 60,000 lbs of medical aid and finish a 20-bed hospital seeing 100 people a day. Click here to learn more about the Renewal 4 Haiti’s powerful work.  Be sure to read the organization’s blog and Twitter page for updates.  Join the Facebook page too. Leave me a note in the comment section about your donation and Haiti efforts from 2010 and 2011. Drop by my blog later today and this week to read more about the ways I plan to keep the heart of Haiti beading in 2011. I’ll provide some tips on how you can do the same.
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Join Macy’s Heart of Haiti and Girls’ Night Out Twitter Party on January 11 @9-11pm ET

Photo of Haitian artisan Pascale is from Macy's web site

 

 

Macy’s Heart of Haiti campaign and the fabulous women of Girls’ Night Out are sponsoring a Twitter party about giving back to Haiti on January 11 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET.  The Heart of Haiti campaign is a “Trade not Aid” partnership between Fairwinds Trading and BrandAid Haiti that offers Haitian artisans sustainable income for their hand-crafted artwork made from recyclable materials.  The artwork is sold at Macy’s.  Make plans to join me and my fellow Heart of Haiti ambassadors for this fantastic party.  RVSP in advance for the Twitter party by entering your Twitter link and ID: http://twitter.com/jylmomIF. On January 11, use the Twitter hashtags #gno and #heartofhaiti to participate and follow the conversations.

PS: There are going to be some giveaways.  Click here to find out more.