Benefit for Helping Haiti Work

Flower fabric

LIZ HICKERSON’S QUILT SALE  2019
  Fri.    OCT. 25     1:00-3:00                Sat.   OCT. 26   10:00-12:00

LAP/NAP SIZE CONTEMPORARY QUILTS

QUILTED WALL HANGINGS & RUNNERS Incorporating Fabrics – From around the WorldHand Dyed     Surface Designed     Commercial
Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka (UUCM)2030 Wayzata Blvd. E.Wayzata, MN  55391
PROCEEDS GO TO:daysforgirls.orghelpinghaitiwork.orgnettieandfriends.bolgspot.com
BRING YOUR FRIENDS, RELATIVES, NEIGHBORS, STRANGERS…Questions? Call Liz @763-559-0372 or e-mail beaconLH9@yahoo.com

improv piecing, hanging sleeve, see flower fabric photo

Days for Girls Refugee Project

Days for Girls recently sponsored a Refugee Project to distribute reusable menstrual kits in Afghanistan, Lebanon, South Sudan and Somalia. Our Plymouth DFG chapter was able to contribute 25 kits to the effort that have not already made their way to Haiti. While the need in Haiti remains enormous, we recognize that there are other parts of the world where women and girls can face even greater challenges as they navigate life in a refugee camp away from all that they have previously known. After a world-wide donation drive of only 3 months, over 33,000 kits will be distributed with the help of World Vision.

Kits stacked and ready to be packed

Second Mile Offering

Helping Haiti Work is the grateful recipient of funds thru a second mile offering at Messiah Methodist church in Plymouth, MN. They have been faithful supporters of our mission to help others so they can help themselves and live their motto of “being the hands and feet of Jesus”. Thank you for creating this lovely video to share our story.

Morpheus Concert on May 3rd

Join us for a fun evening, and 100% of your support will go to our programs in Haiti! Listen to the 11-member band, Morpheus, perform hits from some of music’s greatest classic rock bands–Blood, Sweat & Tears, Steppenwolf, Santana, Chicago, The Eagles, The Doors and more!

Friday, May 3rd, 2019 at 7:30 PM, Doors open at 7PM
West Medicine Lake Community Club, 1705 Forestview Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55441

Admission is a suggested donation of $20 per person. Use this ticket link to make your tax-deductible donation through GiveMN.
Refreshments will be available; wine/beer for a $5 cash donation at the event. Bring your friends!

New Year, New Space, New Microloans

2019 is year 5 of our organization and brings changes to both our microfinance loans as well as to our sewing program.

Ellen Schreder, a partner in our sewing centers, has worked diligently over the past few years to acquire a Rotary loan to upgrade the spaces where our seamstresses work. Each space, both in Ranquitte and Limbe, are being outfitted with solar panels to power the sewing machines, new tables and chairs and industrial grade sewing machines that will require less maintenance. We are also establishing a space in Cap Haitian that can serve as a distribution and teaching center.


Inflation has become an ever increasing problem in Haiti with devaluation of the goude in comparison to the American dollar. Many stores that sell foodstuffs are closing as they are unable to afford inventory. As most of our microfinance loan recipients buy items in bulk and then resell them in the local market, this has affected them dramatically. We have seen a marked reduction in the repayment rate and have had to write off many loans. We are planning on initiating new loans in a new community and are researching what amount of money is the equivalent of our initial $200 loans. Although this will decrease the total number of loans that we are able to fund, we are optimistic that the recipients will be more successful in their businesses.

Equal Time for Boys

We have recently trained Fritznel, our in-country coordinator of activities, in the Ambassador of Men’s Health curriculum. He was asked to provide this education to a group of middle school boys in Port au Prince at the Healing Haiti site. Using diagrams and models, he taught these boys about their own bodies and how best to care for themselves and also about women and their menstrual cycles. The education was well received by both the young men and their parents. In the future, this education will be offered in addition to our Ambassador of Women’s Health Program.

Rotary Grant

Elly Schreder, co-leader of the Helping Haiti Work sewing centers that construct the reusable menstrual kits, received a international Rotary grant for $168,127. This involved a two year grant application process and many hours of hard work. The funds will be used to purchase materials in large quantities, finish the construction of the CapHaitian sewing center,  installation of solar panels, salary of a manager and shipping costs.  We are hoping to make the center as sustainable as possible over the next 3-4 years. Elly is a member of the Brooklyn Center Rotary and made over 30 presentations to area Rotarys that agreed to support her grant application. Materials will be shipped this fall. 

Benefit Concert was a Huge Success


Our third Morpheus Benefit Concert was the best yet. New location at Medicine Lake Community Center held a record crowd of 130 movers and shakers. We had a dance floor that was well used as we enjoyed music from the 60’s and 70’s. Due to generous donors both before and during the event, we raised just over $9000 to fund more microloans for 2018 and continue to support our sewing center. A huge thank you to the members of Morpheus who have helped to support our cause for the past three years.


Days for Girls Work Day 1/20/18

Saturday, January 20th is the next workday for Days For Girls.  We are meeting from 9 to 4 at St. Mary on the Lake Catholic Church in Plymouth.  Directions here   
 
We have activities for everyone even if sewing is not your “thing”.  Lunch and coffee/water are provided; extra snacks or sides are welcome.  Come for an hour or two or for the day.
What to bring:
·  Sewing Machine and/or serger
·  Basic sewing supplies (polyester thread please)
·  Large scissors marked with your name (may need for some of our non-sewers to use in cutting out bags and diaper kits)
·  Donations for the Days For Girls kits
·  Dark/bright cotton fabric for shields **see note below
·  Bright/light fabric for bags **
·  Dark/bright flannels for the liners **same fabric print guidelines 
·  Washcloths
·  Travel soaps
·  Girls underwear size 10-14
·  Zip-Lock 1 gallon sized bags (Not the slide lock)
There will be an opportunity to hear an update on the work our chapter has done and also to provide a monetary donation if you feel led to do so.
 
See you soon.  Please forward this info to others who might like to help.
 
**Use good quality 100% cotton woven fabric similar to quilter’s cotton. No knits, flannels, corduroy, or home dec fabric.
·  Pick colorful stain-busting fabrics, preferably botanicals, geometrics and batiks. Prints preferred.
·  Fabrics and thread should be medium to dark in color to disguise stains
·  Some prints are offensive or illegal in some communities. Prints with people, animals, faces and figures cannot be sent to Muslim communities. NO camouflage fabrics as these are illegal in many countries. Fabrics with food, bugs, reptiles, guns, knives, culture-specific themes as well as girly-glam should be avoided. Bugs, reptiles and animals are predators in some areas; fabrics including these are uncomfortable for the girls to wear and use. Butterflies are OK. 

Our Future Progress

Our building and Highway One in the distance

 

Our distribution building in Cap Haitian is slowly getting near completion. Elly Schreder was in Haiti this fall helping to complete a few large orders, deliver materials for new products and visit the local Haitian Rotary to provide information on our program. Although our sewing centers are located outside of Cap Haitian, in Limbe and Ranquitte, we are in need of a distribution site where completed reusable menstrual pad kits and diapers can be stored, materials for future kits collected, sewing machines repaired and customers pick up their orders. Our building front is located facing Highway One, the main highway that connects Cap Haitian to Port au Prince. Funds from Give to the Max Day will be used to complete the inside of our building as well as to create a sign outside advertising our presence. Consider Helping Haiti Work in your giving on November 16th.

Schedule your Give to the Max Day donation now at:
https://givemn.org/organization/Helping-Haiti-Work