This time of year, I am filled with hope and optimism as I watch people graduate from high school and college. This is when I actually really like my Facebook timeline. I love seeing my friends and family sharing pictures of their loved sharing their pride and excitement with their graduates. This year, my daughter participated in a recognition ceremony for her class and it filled me with pride to see her honored for her accomplishments this school year.
Graduation is a milestone that requires many sacrifices. For many in Haiti, those sacrifices reach limits we cannot imagine here in the States. Primary education in America is relatively free, but it is not in Haiti. Here we have recognitions for pre-school, kindergarten, eighth grade and so on. In Haiti, 30% of the children attending primary school will not make it to third grade and 60% will abandon school before the sixth grade.
It costs $131 annually to send a child to school in Haiti and Macy’s Heart of Haiti line makes it possible for Haitian parents to create a sustainable income to support their families and send their kids to school. Now, I know $131 may not sound like a lot to us, but when you live in one of the poorest countries in the world, it is a lot of money. Education tends to be the only way many children have out of their poverty stricken circumstances.
This beautiful pillow is made by women living in the remote region of Fond des Blancs in a cooperative called Haiti projects. Through the work of Haiti projects, the women of the village are able to bring their handcrafted home decor to a global market. I am thrilled about it and my daughter loved this pillow when I presented it to her.
The design reminds her to shine her light and be a light in the world. The orange color reminds her to be happy and have an optimistic outlook on life. Not only is this a gift that gives hope for her, it is a gift that gives hope to another child to pursue their education. Share the gift of hope with the graduates in your life by visiting the Heart of Haiti line.