The Story of DeBrosse
I first learned to crochet so that I could make blankets for boys and girls growing up in the orphanages of Haiti. One of my first blankets went to a bright-eyed 4 year old boy named DeBrosse. He is as mischievous as he is lovable, and his story forever changed the way I see the world.
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In August 2016, I took a more proactive approach to orphan care, and invested in their mothers. With a bit of nervous idealism I wondered if I could teach and hire them. You see, the lack of job opportunity (and thus poverty) forces many Haitian women to leave their children as orphans. It's a choice that most of us won't ever have to make.
Investing in Mamas
And so our time together ends, and I'm just feeling a little bit of everything right now ❤️💔. Each trip to Haiti changes me a bit. Sometimes I leave more angry, or heavy-hearted, to not only see people in such great need, but to love people in such great need. And sometimes I come out of it with a new understanding of grace and provision, and how maybe we've got it wrong in many ways ourselves. I don't know what this trip will do to my heart. I can't process all that has happened in real time. The only thing I know for sure is that this group of women, and their littles that aren't able to live at home with them for this chapter, are beautifully and wonderfully made. We shared cake and went for seconds with no shame, hugs with the sweetest little cheek kisses, and our favorite things about each other (I dare anyone to get through that without an ugly cry). Some dried my tears for me, some cried with me, and some weren't sure if I was sad or happy (and to be fair, I didn't really know either). My favorite thing maybe, was when they specifically requested I make sure to call each of them, but "You don't need to call us a lot...just maybe twice a week." My goodness I love them, but my greatest comfort is knowing that Jesus loves them even more still.
(Okay, but also can we talk about how Mama M wouldn't put down her project for the photo? That's basically my love language.)
With great joy, I was able to hire one of the mama's, Kathia DeBrosse. Kathia is as fierce as she is generous. Her craftsmanship rivals those who have gone before her, and she was an excellent partner to have in producing the 2016 fall collection. She is the brave mama of 5 little ones, one of whom the shop was named after. It is a story full of grace and wonder, and has only just begun.
It's official. . Meet Kathia DeBrosse. My first hire in Haiti, an unexpected friend, and the mama of little DeBrosse himself. . You see, the lack of jobs in Haiti forces many women to place their children in orphanages. And so this family, like many others, does life apart. . When Kathia walked into my class last month, I knew exactly who she was. That smile, those dimples…I teared up at their striking resemblance. We connected instantly, just as I had with her son 5 years ago. . Buried in yarn, we laughed and we cried, we sweat and we worked. And today I have the privilege (cue the tears), of launching her first Artisan Collection. (Link in bio 👉🏻) . Your purchase now provides a job, stability, and dignity to a woman who has been wildly underestimated for far too long.
I continue to visit Haiti twice a year to catch up with the children and their mothers, invest 15% of your purchases in our partner orphanages, and keep Haiti's newest knitters stocked up on yarn.
It's a team effort, and there's no one I'd rather be in this with than you. On behalf of the little ones that together we support, merci beaucoup.
T H I S 👆🏻makes my heart swell. Last Monday, I feebly asked if anyone would consider sending yarn for my friends in Haiti...and this happened within an hour. ❤️ You guys are the real deal, and I'm blown away by your kindness. I can't thank you enough. . (Tap the photo to see all my heroes!) . . . . #notallheroeswearcapes #yarn #yarnbombing #yarnlove #yarnstash #colorsplash #rainbow #ombre #gradient #purewow #flashesofdelight #abmcrafty #craftsposure @craftsposure #ourmakerlife @ourmakerlife #madewithmichaels #joanns #lionbrandyarn #craft #crafts #knittersofinstagram #knitspiration #knittingaddict #crochet #donation #community #communityfirst #friendshipgoals #make #create365 #thankyou