A reason

I know things happen for a reason, I believe God is firmly in control and has a reason for everything. Some things are hard we can't seem to find the reason. People die young, I don't see the reason in that. Children grow up with out their families, are abused, victimized-I don't see the reason in that.

Moving back from Haiti has been hard for me. There have been times I have truly considered, just buying a ticket and heading back. I had a rough start to 2016. Not for any particular reason, just looking for a reason I am here, in America now. I know there is a reason.

The truth is, I want "real job" because I need money. I'm not starving or behind on bills, but I am in the process of trying to grow a business and that is no easy thing. But Haiti is my reason. If I took a "real job" I was afraid my dream of Cedar and Cypress Designs (and some other things I am dreaming up) would be put on the side lines. I don't want to side line my dream. Haiti is my home and it is the county I want to help. That is the reason I started Cedar and Cypress Designs instead of taking a "real job".

Some one asked me yesterday if I bring clothing and things down to give away to people when I go to Haiti. I smiled and told her all the reasons that breeds a culture of dependence and entitlement. How through my business I hope to continue partnering with companies in Haiti who are employing people who are in turn able to buy their own clothing.

Pay for their kids to go to school.

Buy food on a regular basis.

Pay for the funerals of their family members...

Today my friend Chandler of Haiti Design Co-op, one of our partners in Haiti posted this on facebook:

This is a photo of Yvetta, her mom, and her three kids from some family portraits we took 3 years ago. Yvetta is one of our original jewelry ladies. She works so hard to take care of those boys despite some extremely hard obstacles in life. Earlier this week she she was taking her very sick brother to the hospital and he died in her arms. He had a 13 year daughter who's mother passed 3 years ago and is now orphaned. Yvetta has taken in this girl and is trying to take care of the 4 kids and figure out how to pay for the funeral. The cost of a funeral is the same as about 3 months worth of work. We are trying to now help figure out how to send her niece to school as she hasn't gone to school since her dad became sick and had to spend the money on medical bills. We also are trying to figure out how to help Yvetta pay for the funeral as she in the only one in her family with a job so the responsibility is falling on her. If you would like to help contribute to support Cherline (the 13 year old niece) or help pay for the funeral please message me.
These things are so hard and so complicated. We need some hands to help come together and lighten the load of those carrying so much more than we could imagine.

I am not sure the reason this woman has to struggle so much. But I do know the reason I started this company is not only so I can have in income, but also so Yvetta and women like her can. I am not the person on the ground dealing with the salty tears of Yvetta. Or the one writing her check and doing her quality control.

But I am the one here. In America. Running off to the gym and Target. Going out to dinner and a movie. Sound familiar. It is painful to me, my normal life. Yes, I do still have to deal with hurt and pain and death and unemployment, just because I live in America does not mean I am exemplified from these things. But I am the one here and so are you. So I am asking, would you help this family out? Does this give you a reason to not go to Starbucks this week or skip date night? Did you spend $5 on Powerball this past week? Would you join me? If you are able, please help.

This is from Chandler, founder of Haiti Design Co-Op, the employer of Yvetta in Haiti.

The funeral is about $450 and then for Cherline to go to school this semester and all of next year, uniform, and supplies it is about $535 (that's about $35/month). So obviously that is a ton of money- but whatever bit you are able to contribute would be so helpful! You can send it through paypal to Orders@haitidesigncoop.com and we will get it to Yvetta.

Yvetta isn't asking for this for Cherline- but I know she doesn't have any money to take care of another child and the girl will end up being sent to the country side with extended family. And in that situation she will end up with no school and probably pregnant and probably sexually abused since she has no guardian. So we are doing what we can to help Yvetta raise her.

Today I have a reason. Do you?