Monday, April 25, 2011

Haiti In Your House

** I am reposting this in an attempt to keep in in the front of all of our minds. 9 more days to enter!

As a kick off for my newest project I thought I would do something really fun.

If you would like to catch up and learn more about Espwa Berlancia you can read what I’ve written about the project or visit our website.

I started working on this giveaway to raise the money we needed to pay on the Espwa Berlancia house in Leogane. But because God has seen fit, and many people have generously donated, the rent on that house has been paid for the entire year! Also, because of His love and beautiful plans, this house already has 3 children waiting to come and live with us. We don’t know much of their history, or if they will even actually end up in our care but for now, He has put them in my heart and used them to fuel an urgency to get this house open. He brings all things to be and so I trust to do what He has commanded. To care for these little ones.

In order to do that I need to have funding in place for the next few months. I don’t quite have the security of regular monthly donations to keep us running. Instead, I must work to raise the funding for the next several months, while I work to get those programs into place.

One of the ways I thought I would do this is to offer you a chance to help and in return, have an opportunity to get a little bit of Haiti in your own home.

Over the course of my time in this beautiful Caribbean nation I have collected some gorgeous souvenirs. Now, I would like to use them to give back.

I am going to do a giveaway, but in an extra special way. Haitian style. Each of these items are handmade in Haiti. They are gorgeous! I cannot believe how incredibly talented the Haitian people are.

I have 3 absolutely gorgeous paintings that I purchase during the last few years. They are colorful and vibrant and just ooze “Haitian Happiness” (the good kind, not the parasite kind)


*Village (24 x 36)



*Marketplace (30"x40”)



*Ladies (19 x 24 )

See, I told you they were gorgeous!

All 3 of these paintings have been framed and are ready to hang on the perfect wall in your house.


I will also be giving away a a necklace and bracelet set made by a woman at The Apparent Project. I had the honor of meeting the wonderful and talented artists who create these beautiful pieces on my last trip. I can not say enough amazing things about this mission. Honestly, I pray every day that God would use Espwa Berlancia in ways that are half as amazing as how He has used Corrigan and Shelly and their project.



I love this gorgeous, unique, hand painted globe. It is made of solid wood and uses a common marble to make it spin. I love the globes they make in Haiti and where they label the different cities in the USA. If you win this you’ll see just what I mean!DSC03243


This is a beautiful bit of art that is carved out of a piece of bamboo. I love the detail of the profile of the woman in this carving. She looks so graceful. This carving is ready to hang on any wall in your home and is bound to invite conversation about the country that it represents.



Stone statues are a very popular form of art in Haiti. Much of the stone that is used to build these statues comes right from Leogane.

These 2 statues are both meant to display the beauty of a Haitian mother. They show them with their babies, cradling them in love. I think they are so far beyond amazing. I love to just sit and stare at them!




*each of these statues stands almost 12” tall and will be given away separately.


Here’s the plan… I want to give these beautiful gifts to some of you and in order to do so I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to raise money for our house.

And so, for each $10.00 donation you make to Espwa Berlancia I will enter you to win one of these amazing prizes.

Make sure you leave a comment if you donate to be entered to win. You will receive one entry for every $10.00 donated. You will also receive an extra entry if you:

  • Post to Facebook about this giveaway.
  • Visit our website and sign our guestbook.
  • Follow us on Twitter @espwaberlancia.
  • Tweet about this giveaway.
  • Blog about this on your own site.
  • Become a follower of this blog, if you were already a follower let me know in a comment and I’ll give you an extra entry.
  • Grab our button! If you add our button to your blog leave us a comment saying that you are using it with a link to your blog.
  • I will also be adding ONE entry for each of you who have already donated to this cause.

Please, please be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you have done to be entered into the giveaway. I would HATE to miss anything and leave someone out!

I would love to see these bit of art go to homes where they will displayed in love. I imagine them on your mantle, getting the attention of guests and family members, giving us even more of an opportunity to share the work and mission of Espwa Berlancia!

Let’s get this party started!

*No monetary donation is necessary to enter, although they are much appreciated. Giveaway ends April 30th 2011


Leslie said...

LOVE love love this!! I posted to FB, signed your website guestbook, and became a follower of the blog. :) My daughter is from Haiti and (in addition to giving). I love what you are doing.

Van Sickle Family said...

This is INCREDIBLE art! WOW!

Anonymous said...

Um, I have an idea for you. Why don't you set up a "store" section for Espwa Berlancia? I know for a fact that you can purchase these items very inexpensively in-country. And people like myself will buy these things. Just mark up the price and keep the difference for your organization. I can't buy these things anyways, without going to Haiti. So you'll be doing us a service! (And who knows -- I'm sure you could work out a deal with a few artisans. They supply you with the works for a discounted price since you'll be buying them regularly.) I'm sure many of the artisans would love the exposure! I'm sure most probably don't have their own websites, etc.

You're computer savvy. You could certainly set up a little online store/gallery. You have a camera to photograph these items. (In many cases, where you have many similar-in-appearance items, you wouldn't even have to buy the items until someone places an order, so you wouldn't have to risk any money. Easy peasy and win-win!) And you have a need for the money.

Just a thought!

bethkost said...

Those are some very beautiful pieces of Haiti! :) I am a follower and I signed your guestbook... I love reading about what God is doing through you..thanks for letting me share your journey through this blog. It truly inspires me! God bless! :)

gateshouse said...

Donated. God bless!

Becca said...

Hello. I just found your blog through my brother and sister in-laws blog. They are serving in Haiti with Mission Haiti. I look forward to following you on your journey as well. Blessings. Becca

I became a follower of your blog and also I signed your guest book. The art is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

hola. donation for you and your house.
been following forever, you know that!
tried to sign book but didn't load.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhyan, I follow your blog and have given in the past. I would like to give again to Espwa Berlancia, but don't have Paypal. Is there another way to give?

Thanks! Christianne

wannabe said...

hi rhyan - i follow you on facebook and tweeted this at wannabe1987. i'd give a monetary donation if i had money...but i'm not working and cannot even afford gasoline :(

hope the fundraiser goes well :D