Today I felt I needed a fashion break and really needed to express how I felt about the natural disaster in Haiti. The topic is close to my heart partly because of my heritage . My family is from the Bahamas and we have a long blood line there. I do have a story to tell, in hopes the StyleCartel readers will feel inspired to donate to this natural disaster!
My great grand father was Welsh and called the numerous islands of the Bahamas home. He and his brother built ships and grew sponge. This was their main source of income. I am not sure exactly how the story goes, but one day while on the beach a boat of boat people from Haiti washed up on shore. There was Vareny hardly old enough to be own his on in the world. He was a young man from Haiti, who could not read or write and wanted a better life for himself. This is my connection to Haiti and why its so important that we all take time out to think about the less fortune and the rich history of Haiti one of the first Island paradises to re-volt against the people who colonized them.
Donating to one of the organization that is supplying relief to the island paradise is a must today! . But when the chaos of a natural disaster passes, how do you help? I say go SHOPPING! Be a loyal customer of designers and musicians who help people in developing nations and those hit by disaster is a fabulous long term way to help employ and educate those in need.
Here are a few ideas of where to shop:
Musician Profile: Wyclef Jean
Remember the Fugees? Dancing to Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie”? Wyclef, a former member of the Fugees, is the Grammy winning Haitian musician featured on that chart-topping song.
Wyclef writes music we all love to dance to, but he is a loyal philanthropist and diplomat to his native country of Haiti which was recently struck by a devastating earthquake. Wyclef personally delivers help through his organization Yele Haiti and is currently in Haiti with Anderson Cooper to report live from the scene and deliver updates on his blog and twitter.
Help Wyclef give aid to his homeland of Haiti by donating to his organization, buying a cute shirt or bag from Yele Haiti. L
Shirt, Tank and Tote Bag – Yele Haiti
Jeans, Jacket, Necklace, Skirt, Shoes, Pants, and Bag – Rachel Rachel Roy
Designer Profile: Rachel Roy
Rachel Roy is known for her beautiful designs, big smile, and even bigger heart. This spring she is launching a special addition to her Rachel line, handcrafted accessories straight from Africa! By working closely with Fair Winds Trading, Rachel Roy is aiming to help employ women in Rwanda, giving them a reliable source of income so they can provide for their families.
Rachel is also raising money to provide clean water to people in developing nations. Instead of celebrating her 36th birthday with a huge party and gifts, she is asking for donations to put toward the cause.
Rachel Roy is a designer for real women and wants up to love our selves any shape or size! Help her bring clean water to developing nations, buy her amazing clothes, and be on the look out for her big accessory launch.
Another one of recommendations is http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/ where you can just donate money and trust that it will help people in need.
More than 2,000 patients have been treated so far at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) locations in Port-au-Prince. Teams are now focusing their attention on expanding surgical capacity, as needs are huge. More than 300 patients have been transferred from MSF’s Martissant health center to Choscal hospital, a facility in the Cité Soleil district, where they are expected to receive surgery soon. The rest of the medical staff on the ground are still responding to the hundreds of people at their clinics who need immediate first aid and more basic care for their wounds.