Today’s guest blog post is written by Martha Montiel-Lewis, the founder of DAR Project. The non-profit organization works with consignment sales around the country to collect items for distribution to low-income communities, both domestically and abroad.
This spring, the “Designing for a Cause” class at O’More College of Design is partnering with DAR Project to produce a Spring 2014 children’s clothing line that will give hope to Haitian women in extreme need. Martha and the participating fashion design students will periodically record their experiences through this blog.
Haiti. Where do I start? I spent my time watching the people, the children, the women, the poorest of the poor. I mentally swam in water so deep it was hard for me to breathe. I came to help, and to empower, but what I didn’t realize was I was actually going to learn more about myself than I’ve ever known. Haiti needs us, but our hearts, our souls, need the Haitian people.
I went there with a vision to empower women through our clothing project, aDARable. As many of you already know, this spring the “Designing for a Cause” class at O’More College of Design is partnering with us at DAR Project to produce a Spring 2014 children’s clothing line that will give hope to Haitian women in extreme need.
The women in Tibuk, Haiti need us and this project. It was extremely difficult at times to wrap my head around this project. After my first day there, I cried and emailed Annette, the instructor of the class, because I didn’t think it would be possible. But after that moment I had so many Jesus moments, and I know WE are suppose to being doing this project.
They say those with little give the most. It is so true. These beautiful people have so little… no running water, no electricity, very little food, money—but they give you so much love. Love truly is Haiti’s religion and it’s become mine too. I fell in love with this beautiful country, and its people, more than I ever realized I would. I have so much to share with you, but I’m still processing everything. I will be back with more soon.
In the meantime, here are some pictures of my journey: