JacmelBay's Shop Announcement
“What’s in your hand?” This is the question that came to mind when I was looking for a way to raise funds for Haiti. In a very short time Jacmel Bay was birthed. I had no experience making jewelry but when my daughter showed me the beautiful sea glass from Jacmel Bay I knew that sea glass was what I had in my hand. I enrolled in a workshop and got to work. In July, 2010 just two months after I started making necklaces I traveled to Jacmel to visit my daughter and her family where they are raising orphaned and abandoned children. I also went as a teacher. I brought with me 10 kits containing beads and wire and tools. I worked with young adults in Jacmel to teach them the trade. Most of my students are deaf and use American Sign Language to communicate. Because I can speak with ASL there was no communication barrier. I was able at that time to buy some of their work and resell it for donations to Haiti Relief. This has been a rewarding and exciting experience for me. I again traveled to Haiti in Jan 2011 and worked with my students.
As I sell products on etsy it is my goal and dream to grow a business that will enable me to have a positive impact not only in the lives of these deaf students but in the greater Jacmel community. To that end 25% of all of the profits from my sales with Jacmel Bay will go to Joy in Hope. Joy in Hope in a nonprofit NGO that operates the Haitian Children's Home but are also active in Jacmel working with familes who were displaced in the earthquake in 2010.
Your purchases will have a positive impact on countless lives. Thanks you for choosing Jacmel Bay.