We have been so thankful and amazed by how giving people have been this year. Artists For Hope started because of a crazy idea of helping kids through art and it’s been so great to see it grow and become what it is. Kids are healing, families are staying together, and artisans are able to put food on their tables through all of your generosity. Thank you!

We had our big Christmas Open House on Monday night. We had more artwork from Haiti, more donations, and more shoppers than we have ever had. We were SO happy because the Rescue Center has had more kids than normal lately and we now have more money to give to them to help.

I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture until well into the night because we had so many people coming in and shopping. I love this night. I love that people give their time to shop for kids and families in Haiti and I love that all of our volunteers get to share stories and information about Cazale and Haiti and all the amazing things going on where we work.

We were so thankful for everyone giving their time and money!

One of our hopes and dreams for AFH has been to start doing Home Parties to sell AFH items and share about AFH and RHFH with people in different parts of the country. We had someone contact us this month to do an Open House in their area. Their kids and neighbor’s kids wanted to help children heal from severe malnutrition in Haiti and they ended up raising over $400 and they are still bringing in more. This warmed our hearts and helped us to see that this dream can be a reality. If you are interested in doing an Artists For Hope Home Party, please let us know and we talk with you to make this a reality soon.

We are thankful for people giving in other parts of the country and sharing more about the kids and families we are working to help.

Just when we were already so filled up by so many generous people and their giving~ the sweetest thing happened while I was at our church yesterday.

An adorable little four year old boy who knows we work in Haiti stopped me to give me this quarter. He had been given this quarter and instead of putting it away to buy something for himself, he immediately told his Mom “I need to give this to the kids in Haiti!” Isn’t that just precious!?! Made me think that if adults did that more often, how many more people wouldn’t have to suffer so much. Sometimes it takes a little kid to remind us how things are supposed to be!

Thank you to everyone for your giving this year! It is appreciated SO much!!!

Great Weekend

We had a great weekend at Hot Shops. We sold a lot and were able to share about Cazale and the Rescue Center and Clinic with many new people. We love to talk about Haiti and why we do what we do. We will be adding new artists and items to our store very soon so check back often.

Witness Healing

We had an amazing week in Haiti.

We worked with local artisans, came home with lots of beautiful things to sell, and witnessed a lot of healing in both children and adults.

We will be posting more about our time, but for now we wanted to let you witness some of the healing that takes place every day at Real Hope For Haiti.

This adorable little guy is Dumond. When we were in Haiti a little over a year ago we were  hoping he was going to survive. His legs were split open from Kwashiorkor and he looked completely hopeless. I wanted to believe that he would live and prayed a lot that he would.

This picture broke my heart. Dumond was in so much pain and this little guy kept patting him on the head like he was trying to comfort his friend.

When we got to the Rescue Center and saw him on this visit, I was SO happy. My daughters came to Haiti with us this trip and they instantly fell in love with this spunky little guy. He looked so healthy and smiled ALL the time. It brought tears to my eyes when I remembered what he had gone through and how amazing of a place Real Hope For Haiti is to provide this type of healing every single day.

                                               His smile is the best. thing. ever.

One of the other amazing moments involved sweet little Mitha.

Mitha came to the Rescue Center as an infant with a severe leg malformation.

She has always been adorable, spunky, and funny. She was amazingly mobile and fast and never let anything hold her back. The hope was always for Mitha to have surgery to correct her malformation and be able to walk. On one of our visits last year, this finally became a reality.

A group of visiting doctors was in Haiti and able to perform surgery. They ended up needing to amputate her leg at the knee and she came home to the Rescue Center the same day as her surgery. She healed quickly and was back to her normal spunky self.

This visit we were able to see her new prosthesis. It was so amazing to be able to see her walking and running. It didn’t really surprise us that she could be that fast. Mitha is always fast. :)

We thank everyone who helps this amazing place and who has helped Artists For Hope to provide food and care for these kids.

You are helping kids heal every day. What a gift to get to witness this healing!