Mom and I are heading to Haiti on November 14. We will be staying on the campus of Mission to Haiti in Port-au Prince, and will spend our week teaching sewing to a small group of vocational students in Beudet.
I am excited that mom is coming along for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that we will likely be working only on treadle machines. (If you want to know how well I get along with treadle sewing machines you can check out this old post from my last trip to Haiti – The Treadle Battle.)
People have asked how they can help us, pray for us, support us… Below I am listing a variety of ways you can join us in our adventure.
Provide Supplies – We will each take 2 checked bags which we will stuff with as many sewing supplies as possible; both for use in our classes and to leave for the women to use after we have gone. Here’s what we are looking for:
- Fancy Fabric – satins, taffeta (anything you might make a bridesmaid or flowergirl dress out of.) We can take smaller pieces, but would prefer to have lengths of at least 4 yards.
- hook and eyes and/or snaps
- good quality thread
- needles, both for machines and hand-sewing
- sewing scissors
- seam rippers
- binding material and/or prepackaged seam binding
- tape measures
- rotary cutting board and rotary cutters
- straight pins
- misc. sewing supplies
- travels – that we make our connecting flights and our luggage arrives with us (When Corey and I went in 2012, our luggage decided to come a day late, and we absolutely should have missed a connecting flight, but God chose to show us how big he is by getting us on the plane.)
- the ability to teach in a way the students can understand
- to be able to successfully use treadles – Mom is practicing on her old machine 🙂
- that the devotions I will be writing to present at the beginning of each class will be understandable and reach the students for Christ.
- that my hubby and three boys will survive a week without me 😉
Financial – If you are interested in providing support financially either to defray the costs of our trip, or to cover the expense of supplies we will need to purchase, you can send a check made out to 500 Dresses, to Kim Harms, 314 Centennial Dr. Huxley, IA, 50124 (These donations are not tax-deductible, as 500 Dresses is not an official NPO.) Make note in the memo line what you would like the donation to be used for.)
Thanks so much in advance for your prayers and support. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more info about the trip.