*Heartline Haiti*- The Esther Clutch
Heartline was a breath of fresh air.
The mango trees shaded the outdoor work area where women were cutting and pinning, and inside the steady hum of manual sewing machines.
These women, hard at work creating beautiful clutch's that we would soon be selling.
These women. These amazing women have been able to escape abusive relationships because of this opportunity. They can support themselves and don't have to rely on someone who beats them, for their food and shelter.They send their kids to school, they feed their entire family. They are free.
"Heartline Ministries is a 501(c)(3) faith based organization formed to operate an orphanage, women’s program and other programs in Port-au-Prince Haiti. The organization was established in September of 2000 to formalize the independent work of John & Beth McHoul, who are the founding directors of the organization. John & Beth McHoul have been working in Haiti for over 20 years.
Our approach deals with the whole person, so Heartline is involved in many humanitarian, educational and faith based activities.
In 2007, we started our women’s program. The women’s program currently houses our Sewing, Beading and Cooking programs. The sewing class is six-months long and gives the women of the program the chance to make purses that are sold in the states at Purse Parties. The Beading class is a eight-week learning program. Once they master the art of making beads, they also have the chance to sell their items both online and at our two merchandise stores in Haiti. The ultimate goal of the program is to empower women to take control of their lives emotionally, spiritually and financially.
In 2010, our Maternity Center was brought to reality with a very busy birthing room and classrooms where both pre-natal and post-birth child development classes are taught weekly. We have one midwife on staff and many other who have a heart for the program who are a great help!"
(above description taken directly from Heartline's website as to accurately explain their mission)