Wanda Anderson and I are hosting a handmade Haitian jewelry and purse show at the Tumbleweed in Broken Bow Thursday, December 1st from 4-7.
You might be thinking.... "Handmade haitian jewelry? Purses? At the Tumbleweed? I don't get it."
Here's the scoop.
As you may know, Andrea and Jason Schmick who lived in Broken Bow for just about a year, have recently been sent to Haiti as missionaries. God had prepared their hearts to go to Haiti, and sent them to Broken Bow while they raised support. We came to know Andrea because she was a friend of Wanda’s daughter. When we learned she was moving to Broken Bow we arranged a meetup and soon we met every Monday night through women’s Life Group. Only God could arrange such a turn of events.
Over the past year through Life Group we grew to know God and each other more. We prayed, laughed, cried and trusted God together as we saw him orchestrate the sending of Jason and Andrea to Haiti. God in his kindness used Jason and Andrea to open our eyes and hearts to the work he is doing in Haiti. We began following the blogs of several God-centered ministries who work with women and children to keep families together. The two we are supporting through our jewelry and purse show are Heartline Ministries and the Apparent Project.
The women’s program of Heartline Ministries sponsors sewing and beading programs. The sewing class is six-months long and gives the women of the program the chance to make purses that are sold in the states at purse parties. There is also a two week beading class. After the skills are mastered, the items are sold online and at two merchandise stores in Haiti. The ultimate goal of the program is to help women take control of their lives emotionally, spiritually and financially. In 2010, Heartline began a maternity center with a birthing room and classrooms where pre-natal and post-birth child development classes are taught weekly. There is one midwife on staff and many others with a heart for children and families. Here is a link to follow along and learn more about Heartline ministries.
Here is a link to the purses and jewelry online.
The Apparent Project
The Apparent Project artisans guild uses discarded materials such as cereal and cracker boxes, oil drums, and trash paper to create beautiful “upcycled” pieces of jewelry, journals, and stylish home decor. While redeeming the Haitian landscape, these artisans are also bringing new hope to their families, employing themselves for a brighter future and earning the means to pay for their children's food, shelter,
and education. That means less orphans, less crime, less garbage, less stress, and a whole lot more beauty.
The Apparent Project artisans' guild addresses Haiti's orphan crisis at the root.
"In Haiti, poverty and the legacy of slavery have caused a staggering culture of child abandonment and male neglect of family commitments. 70% of labor aged Haitians are unemployed, while those who are employed earn an average annual wage of $400. Mothers give up their children, and men leave their wives and lovers because of the stress of trying to provide from within a devastated economy. There is a strong cycle of fatherlessness and neglect that probably stems from the severance of slaves from their African families and from the commodification of children by slave traders. Whatever the forces are that have made fracture and dislocation the norm for Haitian families, it is poverty that maintains this status quo."
Here is a link to the Apparent Project.
You can see more of the jewelry from the Apparent Project artisans here.
Wanda and I invite you to come to the Tumbleweed back room
on Thursday, December 1 from 4-7.
We will have a large display of handmade jewelry and purses
from these two ministries,
from these two ministries,
i.e. bracelets, earrings, keychains, necklaces,
even Christmas tree garland.
The jewelry items are inexpensive, handmade, eco-friendly
(made out of upcycled cardboard), funky and cool.
It will be a refreshing experience.
We look forward to seeing you!