About Haiti

  • The average Haitian makes $400 a year.
  • Haiti had this century's worst natural disaster in the form of an earthquake in 2010.
  • It is home to almost 500,000 orphans. The vast majority of Haiti's "orphans" have not been orphaned by parental deaths, or natural disasters, but by parents who gave them up simply because they could not feed them.

What We're Doing

Trades of Hope works with the up-cycled cereal box beads, clay beads, and steel art artists. Our work in Haiti is helping with the orphan crisis by providing parents with a sustainable business so that they can keep their children and raise them with dignity! These artisans spin beads out of recycled cereal boxes and mold beads out of clay, the same clay that the Haitian poor eat when starving.

The Haitian Steel Art is developed out of used oil drums -- of which Haiti has a surplus. The art medium originated when Haitians tried to make something to mark their loved one's graves. Today, Haiti Steel Art is a part of Haiti's culture and is improving the lives of families.