This Christmas, give the gift of work!

12.14.2010 | Inside The Studio, Projects

Although we can get lost during the holiday season…buying gifts, spending time at the mall, getting into dept, wrapping gifts, etc. it becomes very easy to forget what Christmas is all about.  I want to share with you a project, by an organization that I had the honor and privilege to contribute some time (on a TINY scale!), that is making a difference in the lives of so many people in Haiti.  Below is a just a small blur off of their web-site.  Please log on to their link to continue reading on  how they are not just “donating” items but how they are empowering the people of Haiti to work and provide for their own families, giving them a sense of self-worth.

“While many organizations address disasters and crisis from the outside-in or top-down, the Paulos Group takes the inside-out, bottom-up approach; living directly among those who are suffering, learning their language and values, understanding their needs, and working together toward solutions that make sense. We call this incarnational living, and we believe it’s the only way foreign help makes a lasting impact. Why? Because when we live in a place like Haiti (not walled in a compound or as a commuter), in very real ways “their” problems become our problems too. They’re not just something we see in the news, they directly affect our families—our children. Being fully invested, we have the greatest incentive to work hard toward change. We’re not contracted workers that get paid large sums of money to move from crisis to crisis when the former is no longer fashionable, we’re committed to the long-term investment Haiti needs to emerge from the ruins.”…

Here are some pictures of the detail I was asked to help design on their very first building. 

Posted by: Emily

Emily A. Alfonso, IIDA is a licensed Interior Designer with the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design and founder of American Living Furniture