There is a group of women who like to get together and sew, rather like the quilting bee of earlier times. We have been together for several years now. We make Made With Love Dresses and donate them where they are needed and wanted. After being introduced to the HEART school, we fell in love with the program and have been devoting our time to sewing little sundresses for the girls in the school. It is a simple way to gather and do something for good. People hunger to do good things. We have women who don’t sew but donate material and embellishments. We have women who bring a friend along just to introduce them to the program. I was very fortunate to travel to Haiti and to take some of the dresses to the school. The joy on the faces of the girls when they are given a dress that has been made especially for them reflects the joy on the faces of the women who made them. One by one we are sharing the HEART story with our friends and neighbors. One by one is how good stuff gets done!
We were chatting with San Diego friends about repurposing cargo containers into houses. They said that they support a project in Haiti called HEART school where their friend Dick Martin had been instrumental in building a school from shipping containers. Our friends sent us information about HEART and later introduced us to Barbara Rose, Dick’s spouse who continues to support the school. Well, we were hooked and began supporting the children as well, and when Barbara said, “I’m heading to Haiti for a visit. Why don’t you come and see the school for yourselves,” we said yes!
The HEART school is just wonderful and everyone we’ve met has been so warm, generous and accepting of us. The children are amazing. They certainly captivate one with their bright eyes and big smiles! Shad and the entire crew gave us such a complete tour and so much personal time. We were really impressed by all that is happening in Haiti.
Haiti is a beautiful country, with beautiful people. For all that has been endured, they are an incredibly buoyant people. The children are so bright, respectful and responsible. The school’s philosophy of educating the whole child for a successful future reflects in the sustainable program that is being presented. It is really a model not just for a sustainable school but also for a sustainable Haiti.
And yes, our hearts are in Haiti with a school called HEART.
Beautiful, broken, starving, tropical, treeless, healing, rebuilding, land of joyful, frustrated, proud, smiling spirited people: Haiti
A foundation is built with great care with the hope to create a home for a school, but wait, this is hard. Some are tired and angry saying, “You are wrong. We quit.” They fly away with their wings to a safer land, leaving anger, hurt, frustration, desperation…… look inside to the light in your hearts, feel the love cheering you on, see supporters ready to join your cause…….there is another way…..strength through unity with a newly forming team of HEART in Haiti.
Plans begin anew, building with greater ease and ready-made classrooms. Vision, dedication, hard work, perseverance, sacrifice, creativity, ingenuity, helping, giving, hoping, receiving. Dreams do come true. School is open on time. Children, teachers, the community flourishes always learning, adapting, building and growing, all the while the foundation sits waiting: not a pleasant site, yet not too offensive, all the while there is hope of renewal as our HEART is in Haiti.
Many people visit, seeing the beauty of all which has been planted, built and grown on the land, in the people, reaching to the sky. Dedicated dreamers see potential in the foundation, knowing it is simply a castle, waiting to be built, reaching to the sky. A collaborative team is formed, bringing resources, expertise, hard work, creativity, precision and the drive to encourage the bud to bloom into: The Rose Foundation Community Building. A gift to the HEART in Haiti community with the vision of hosting many celebrations and healings, modeling the hope for our future. Walking into this treasure, tears of joy fall as the strength of this castle, hugged by the mountains, encourages worries of the past to fall away as visions of the future inspire:
Beautiful, repairing, satiated, tropical, reforested, healing, rebuilding, and of joyful, hopeful, proud, smiling spirited people: Haiti.