As I try to put the complexity of this into words, I cannot help but acknowledge the beauty of an early spring that is bringing forth new life here in Texas. As much hope as that brings, Haiti sits in dark contrast.
Very little media coverage has documented the events of the past week. Due to political unrest, large demonstrations have paralyzed most of the country. Roads are barricaded preventing Haitians from accessing food, water and medical care. Gas and diesel are difficult to find, if one can even make it out of his home. Businesses and schools are closed. Gangs control many of the major roadways. Their money has little purchasing power.
The problems are so complex and it’s hard to begin to understand the corruption, injustice and unfairness that we will never personally know.
However, the people of Haiti are resilient. They are survivors. They are beautiful. But, they need our help. We are asking you to stand with HUGG during this time. Here’s how:
- PRAY! We will update prayer needs daily. Only God can bring hope and peace to this beautiful country.
- DONATE! While we continue to operate on our founding principal of providing a hand up and not a hand out, we need to stand with our Christian brothers and sisters in Haiti to support them during this time. Many people we know and love there are unable to purchase the necessities of life right now – water, food, medical care and fuel. Help HUGG be the hands and feet of Jesus today.
- PURCHASE our products! We have an amazing inventory here in the states of beautiful HUGG products. Not only will your purchase encourage our artisans, it will provide the necessary funds to continue programs in Haiti.
We are in constant communication with our Haitian staff. All are safe and riding out this storm in their homes. In the meantime, we make sure they have access to food, water and basic living supplies. Our founder’s brother, Denim, said it best today:
“In these situations, trusting the Lord takes on a whole new meaning. Here at the HandUp house we have fuel, food and God’s favor.”Denim Ramirez, Director of Manufactoring
Thank you for supporting us during this critical time. We know that God is in control. We pray that calm will return soon, and our artisans can work. Our Spring collection is AMAZING and we are working hard to overcome the chaos and deliver the goods that you love.
Kandis Dennis, HUGG Founding Board Member
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!” John 16:33