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Helping Haiti after the donations run out...

Buying Fair Trade Products from Haiti is a Better Solution

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Certainly Haiti needs donations right now but in the long term donations will not change the situation. What I believe will truly help Haiti for the long term is by looking for products sold by Haitians. But not just any products from any sellers. It is important to buy Fair Trade products so that you know that the person who made the product receives a fair wage and will be able to support his or her family.

In the past the corruption in Haiti has made it difficult for Haitians to make a living.

There are groups in Haiti that are helping to make sure that those who produce products are given a fair wage. We can all help by buying Fair Trade products produced in Haiti.

Humanitarian Aid in Haiti

Short Term Help for Haiti

Relief Workers in Haiti

Photo Credit: Relief Workers in Haiti
Used under creative commons

Bottled water passed out from army trucks delivered by military personnel in the immediate days after the earthquake was vital to the survival of people in Porto Prince, Haiti after the devastating earthquake but so much more is needed.

UNDP Cash for Work programme in Haiti

Haiti Earthquake Cash for Work

Photo Credit: Haiti Earthquake Cash for Work by Adam Rogers / UNDP.
on Flickr, Creative Commons.

In 2010, after the earthquake, Eliana Nicolini, coordinator of the UNDP Cash for Work programme in Haiti, scaled up plans to put 220 000 Haitians to work within four weeks clearing rubble and rebuilding their country. Each will earn between and a day, enough money to feed a family and ensure a decent livelihood.

Housing for Haiti

Prefabricated Katrina Cottage

Prefabricated Katrina Cottage

Photo Credit: Katrina Cottage
on Flickr, Creative Commons.

Prefabricated "Katrina Cottages" may be a solution for the housing crisis in Haiti.

Support the Rebuilding of Haiti

Listen to the music of Lolo Beaubrun. Translate the lyrics and hear the pulse of hope for the Haitian People. When you visit Haiti be sure to stop by Muncheez, a restaurant that was turned into a soup kitchen after the earthquake. By supporting these businesses, you can help the people of Haiti rebuild their nation for the long term.
Lolo Beaubrun: A Voice Of Hope In Haiti : NPR
Beaubrun, one of Haiti's most popular and recognizable musicians, leads the 12-person band Boukman Eksperyans. Now more than ever, he's singing in an effort to transform his home country.
Haitian Eatery Serves Up Taste Of Hope Amid Despair : NPR
Two weeks after the earthquake in Haiti, aid groups are distributing food. Yet many Haitians say they are still not getting the help they need. But some in Port-au-Prince aren't waiting for outside help. At Muncheez restaurant, neighbors are helping neighbors.
Miami architect devises prefabs for homeless
Can a stripped-down, bunkhouse-like structure made of near-indestructible, space-age materials provide a solution to Haiti's post-quake housing crisis?
Buy Mangoes from Haiti, Support Small Farmers with Fair Trade
Mouvman Moun Mango is an initiative that helps Haitian farmers produce Fair Trade Certified mangoes. It is an important step towards rebuilding livelihoods.

How can buying Fair Trade Products help Haiti?

Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival

Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, and Survival

by Daniel Jaffee

Product Description
Fair trade is a fast-growing alternative market intended to bring better prices and greater social justice to small farmers around the world.

Excerpt - page 39: "... French-controlled Haiti became the first major coffee exporter in the Americas, using ..."

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The Conscious Consumer: Promoting Economic Justice Through Fair Trade

The Conscious Consumer: Promoting Economic Justice Through Fair Trade

by Rose Benz Ericson

Product Description
The Conscious Consumer helps you understand how traditional trade often devalues the contributions of workers and artisans and how Fair Trade relationships are enhancing the quality of life for producers. This book will help you interact with a global community of people taking action to ease some of the inequities in today's world and build an alternative to corporate irresponsibility.

Excerpt - page 2: "... survive. In just one example, workers at a factory in Haiti making namebrand clothing earned . ..."

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How Fairtrade Producers are Helping Haiti

Comite Artisanal Haitian are members of Fairtrade

Pink Metal Gecko
Available on Amazon

Creating art from recycled steel drums has been a long tradition in Haiti.

Artists in Haiti have been creating works of art from recycled oil drums for many, many years. Industrial 55 gallon oil drums are stuffed with straw. The straw is then set on fire to burn out all of the oil residue. The oil drums are then cut apart and rolled flat in order to provide a flat sheet of metal for creating their artwork.

Next a stencil is placed on the sheet of metal depicting the desired design. Using a chisel and hammer the artisan cuts out the desired shape. Color is the final step in the process.

With hammer and chisel the artisan creates the design and cuts the form. Colorful painted flowers are the final touch.

Haiti Fairtrade Update
Fairtrade and non-Fairtrade producers in the Dominican Republic have joined together to help Haitian Fairtrade producers rebuild houses and recover after the devastating earthquake.
One World Projects - Vine Bowls, Baskets and More from Haiti. Fair trade.
- sustainably harvested vines and straw, from Haiti, are woven into practical, fair trade, household items.
Meet Comite Artisanal Haitien, artisans who rely on fair trade for sustainable employment
Ten Thousand Villages. A Fair Trade Retailer.
Your fair trade purchase of handmade jewelry, home decor and gifts helps improve the lives of thousands of artisans in Haiti as well as in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
A Fair Trade for Haitian Coffee
Rooster Inc. is a non-profit company for selling Haitian grown coffee beans. Molly and her husband began their business in August of last year, starting with a ,000 investment to buy 10,000 pounds of unroasted green coffee beans from Haiti. With the sales proceeds from the coffee, they will reinvest in another shipment of beans, and all profits earned will go to benefit
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Handmade in Haiti

Haitian Handmade Fair Trade Artisan Products

Turtle and Crabs Drum Art 24 inch

Buying handmade, Fair Trade Artisan Products will help the people of Haiti for the long term. By making a living wage the people of Haiti will be able to sustain their own country and someday will no longer need handouts.

Sun Face - Drum Art - 24 inch - Haiti - Fair Trade

Sun Face - Drum Art - 24 inch - Haiti - Fair Trade

Product Description
These intricate wall pieces are made from recycled oil drums in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. This piece is made by Carlos Brutus, one of the metal artisans. It is 24" in diameter.

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Pink Metal Dragonfly - 11 Inches - Haiti

Pink Metal Dragonfly - 11 Inches - Haiti

Product Description
This eleven inch dragonfly is handmade in Haiti from recycled oil drums. It has a small hook to hang the piece and is painted with a bright colorful design inspired by the local Haitian culture.

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Painted Hanging Gecko #2 13"- Oil Drum Art

Product Description
This metal gecko is handmade in Haiti from old oil drums. Each is painted with a colorful design and has a hook on the back for hanging. The piece is approx. 13 inches in length.

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Green Metal Dragonfly - 11 Inches - Haiti

Green Metal Dragonfly - 11 Inches - Haiti

Product Description
This eleven inch dragonfly is handmade in Haiti from recycled oil drums. It has a small hook to hang the piece and is painted with a bright colorful design inspired by the local Hatian culture.

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Your Dondation will help the People of Haiti

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Hope for Haiti is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to increase the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, nutrition, and healthcare.

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