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:: A Global Hand — China-based, American-owned company helps GFP ::

PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions — an American-owned,  China-based company — didn’t just lend a hand to non-profit Global Family Philanthropy (GFP). PassageMaker lent them a chick.

Make that 1,000 of them — plush toy chicks that GFP is selling in the US to raise funds for its “Chicks4Children” program, a sustainable campaign that builds community chicken coops in Haiti.

To support GFP’s cause, PassageMaker provided its service — at no cost — to produce 1,000 plush toy chicks. PassageMaker, a third-party provider, helped locate the supplier and orchestrate the production, quality inspections and safety testing of the “Chicks4Children” plush toy chicks for GFP.

Chicks4Children is a sustainable campaign with a goal to end hunger and poverty worldwide. Chicks4Children coop recipients commit to share the offspring and provide community outreach. The result is a plethora of eggs and chicken to raise, eat, share and sell. For more information on the program, go to chicks4children.org.

The plush toy chicks are being sold at chicks4children.org and at globalfamilyphilanthropy.org.

eeko studio designed the Chicks4Children brand, website and the plush toys.

About Global Family Philanthropy: Global Family Philanthropy (GFP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its goal is to provide a stable home, education, and family structure for orphaned and abandoned children. GFP’s first home is in Les Cayes, Haiti and the organization has adopted the children who live in the home. GFP’s philosophy goes beyond providing for the short-term needs of vulnerable children. Its goal is to provide a sustainable community where the children can learn and grow to realize their own dreams and potential.
Facebook: “Global Family Philanthropy

About PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions: PassageMaker is a US-owned, China based provider of 3rd party assembly & inspection to protect intellectual property and ensure quality. PassageMaker also provides services to find and manage vendors in China on behalf of client. Contact  PassageMaker if you need assistance with China sourcing.


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:: Project: new art prints by eeko on FWMT ::

My heart skips a beat when Rebecca from Children Inspire Design calls me up and says,

“Jenny, I have an idea.”

Not because eeko will have a new project to work on. But because this new project is always a great collaboration. This time it is a new line of artwork for Fresh Words Market that will be eeko studio meets FWMKT. This new line will be positive messages on prints that can be bought on Fresh Words Market and percentage will go to support PEACE, in Mexico, and GFP in Haiti.

See what we came up with. Can be bought now on freshwordsmarket.com



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:: Projects: Children Inspire Design Site ::

We’ve been working with Rebecca from Children Inspire Design for over a year now. Over the last year we have seen CID grow exponentially. She is one of the top sellers on zulilly and her soul is nothing but inspirational. Everything she does is to support co-ops for women around the world. All of her prints, art pieces, accessories she sells online benefit either PEACE in Mexico or GFP in Haiti. She is a woman I am proud to know and work with.

We’ve been creating a lot of packaging, and design collateral to help market her products so she can focus on growing her business. And now it is time for a site redesign. Her old site didn’t support her new growth and the navigation was getting messy. So we cleaned it up, added that eeko touch of personality that it needs to differentiate. Take a look and let us know what you think!



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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Ten ::

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — In our last day in Haiti, we offer an ode to the country, Global Family Philanthropy and the kids:

When we grow older, we will be stronger.
As we leave Haiti,  our heart will be fonder.

In this country we meet, accept no defeat.
We do this for thee, the patter of little feet.

They learn and they play, not far away.
They say our names, wish we could stay.

We love how they treat us, make us believers.
We’ve become loved ones, never deceivers.

Still we have to go, with the wind as it blows.
This country we know, the love we all show.

This is their home, all they had known.
Where they have grown, these streets they had roamed.

But out of the darkness, they could come the farthest.
Among the hardest. Survivors.

The love, it comes longer, no more is the hunger.
When they grow older, they will be stronger.

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Nine ::

LES CAYES, HAITI — This is what a family does.

This is how a family acts.

This is what a family feels.

As we walked down the beach at Port Salut with a few of the Global Family Philanthropy volunteers along with Junau, Yvenil, Sarah (one of the housemothers) and some of the GFP kids, we couldn’t help but smile as wide as the coast is long.

We laughed and we played. On the sand. In the shore.

Like a family.    Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Eight ::

LES CAYES, HAITI — This is Haiti.

We think.

There are chicken coops. Pink pigs. And spotted cows.

A group of Global Family Philanthropy volunteers visited a convent today. And it seemed more Narnia than Haiti.

The convent has been around for decades and has been self-sustaining for years, something we hope the GFP land can become. Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Seven ::

LES CAYES, HAITI — Seventh verse, same as the first:
Rain, rain go away. Come again another day when we’re not in Haiti.
The rain has yet to yield. Rain-ridden, bed-ridden — they have come to mean the same thing.
Many of the Global Family Philanthropy children have become ill. So have at least a handful of volunteers.
Thankfully, not all at the same time.
It’s been tiresome, this rain. We’re getting tired of not working. And that is the last time you’ll read that from us. Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Six ::

LES CAYES, HAITI — They strolled in two-by-two, dancing a two-step as the crowd awaited their arrival.

About 12 students, 8 of them Global Family Philanthropy children, from the elementary school GFP sponsors graduated from their particular grades today.

A grapefruit-pink graduation gown draped over their formal clothes — white button-down shirt and black slacks for the boys; a church-going dress for the girls — and a neon green graduation cap covered their little, brilliant heads.

Yes, the cuteness level was ridiculously high. Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Five ::

LES CAYES, HAITI — The rain in Haiti will not let up.

The rain, like tragedy in this country, is relentless. Unforgiving.

It doesn’t care if you want to get things done. It doesn’t care if you live in a tent on the wrong side of an incline. It doesn’t care if you have a house that has walls with holes the size of a grown man.

Many Haitians loathe the rain. It piles more problems onto a life already full of it.

There is no way we and the rest of the Global Family Philanthropy volunteers will truly be able to understand how much rain complicates life for many Haitians.

So there wasn’t much complaining today. Read the rest of this entry »

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:: Haiti 2.0 Day Four ::

LES CAYES, HAITI –  Rain poured down as if an ark was waiting for it to fill the earth.

We sat on the porch of the Global Family Philanthropy home, under a roof, helpless to Mother Nature’s whims.  But we didn’t mind, for once. Not one bit.

Strands of gold could replace the air and we still would rather be right where we were. With the GFP children in our arms, their smiles in our eyes, and their love in our hearts.

We were right where we belong. Read the rest of this entry »