Buying beautiful Haitian Art supports rural village in Haiti: August 12th, 13th 14th
Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor will host its 5th Haitian Art and Handcraft Sale to benefit the remote village of Chermaitre in partnership with the Vassar Haiti Project (VHP). The sale will be held in the Upper Parish Hall at the following times:
Friday Aug. 12th from 5pm to 8 pm (opening reception)
Saturday Aug. 13th from 9am to 4pm
Sunday Aug. 14th from 9am to 2pm
The Haitian Art & Handcraft Sale will feature 200 original paintings, including some older, collectible works, as well as a wide assortment of unique and affordable gifts, including silk scarves, jewelry, and iron sculpture.
The event is free and open to the public, with handcrafts starting from $5 and paintings from $50. All sales are 50% tax deductible.
This is Christ Church’s 8th year collaborating with the Vassar Haiti Project. The Vassar Haiti Project is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization based at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, NY. For the past 15 years they have supported education, health and sustainable development in the village of Chermaître in mountainous northwestern Haiti.
Prior sales hosted at Christ Church have been a tremendous success. The first sale, in 2008, raised funds to complete the building of a 6-classroom school. The 2010 sale raised funds towards the construction of a medical clinic, which has since opened and offers health care to thousands of Haitians in Chermaitre and neighboring villages. The clinic now operates under the guidance of a full time nurse, Rosenerline Marc and part time doctor, Joassinville Gueslin, MD who commutes twice monthly from Port au Prince twice monthly to see patients.
Dialogue with women leaders in the village during recent trips to Chermaitre led to the exciting formation of a 35-member women’s cooperative, which seeks to develop and nurture skills to make a difference in their community. The cooperative has already produced hand-sewn cloth napkins and ground coffee for sale. The 2012 sale in Sag Harbor helped fund a community center to house this cooperative. Its biggest short-term goal is to grow coffee beans so as to provide the possibility of a flourishing coffee harvest in the coming years. This past month, VHP has given the funds to plant an additional 5000 coffee trees which will undoubtedly positively impact the sustenance farmers.
“By all indications, our sale this summer in Sag Harbor promises to be our best event ever,” says Lila Meade, Co-founder of the VHP. “The planning committee of Christ Church has so warmly welcomed us back to the community as if we are family!” Vassar College students and the generous parishioners work collaboratively over the past six months in planning the event. With a new desire to enhance the partnership, Toby Spitz of Temple Adas Israel is helping to coordinate this summer’s event as well.
“By hosting the Vassar Haiti Project, the sale at our church affects the lives of people a world away from us. We are implored to not give people fish to eat but rather to teach them to fish. Through VHP, we are giving the villagers the ability to support themselves, restoring dignity to their lives” says The Rev. Karen Ann Campbell, Rector, Christ Episcopal Church.
For more information, you can call 914.489.2320 or visit thehaitiproject.org. All artwork can be viewed and purchased online if you can’t make it to the sale.
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