It felt like an old-fashioned quilting bee. Except we were in Haiti, and we weren't quilting. Two weeks ago today, while their children played nearby, I was sitting with the ladies in Haiti making these little felt pins. Their goal is to raise enough money to build a small 'gift shop' near their church so they'll have a place to sell their handcrafts and soaps and food creations to traveling groups who come through every week or so.
And I don't want to let an earthquake get in the way of that. I know the church structure wasn't damaged. And all reports so far are that the ladies are still alive. This could be just the empowerment they need to begin rebuilding their lives after so much tragedy. The pins are listed in the Haiti By Hand etsy shop. They are beautifully colorful and organic and authentically Haitian--just like their creators. If these sell out I'm pretty sure I have more (this is where you find out that I'm still trying to unpack my luggage from over a week ago).
And SO many other things going on around here. I'm blown away by the stories that continue to be told on CNN. Horrific ones and heartmending ones--they are all a part of this story. Keep reaching and praying.
Tomorrow you get to meet Berta. You are going to love her and that's all I will say for now.