We choose......to Declare the Hope.

Have you heard of Declare the Hope Project? If not, go like them on Facebook and check out their Etsy Store now! And, be sure to contact them for your crafting and event planning needs! 

Photo Credit:Michael Goldsmith

Photo Credit:Michael Goldsmith

The idea for Declare the Hope Project came about to help support the dream of helping others here, in Haiti, & across the world! They are a team of creative women who can not only dream up, but can also make just about anything...from backdrops, home decor, to event planning. Plus 100% of the profit goes to mission work with Haiti Hope Rising. That is Amazing!

When I found out about Declare the Hope, I started asking...I wonder if they do this or if they can make that, can they decorate this....So far the answer has been YES! 

The first thing I asked them to make was the Flower Wall.  A GIANT flower wall (6ftx6ft) made out of paper flowers. That's right, I said paper!  Kayla, Melissa, and a few other awesome individuals made this wall in less than 3 weeks and I got to use it for our 2016 Easter Mini sessions.

I have become more interested in mission lately and I often have these Haitian children on my mind. I feel like since I think about them and pray for them but I haven't been there, I should probably learn a little bit more about them. SO....I decided to do a little bit of research. Among many of the things i read, I found a fact page with 88 facts. I won't list all 88 because you would probably stop reading, but I would like to list a few.....or 20. Come on, twenty isn't bad!

Photo Credit: Michael Goldsmith

Photo Credit: Michael Goldsmith


  1. 10% of Haitian children die before age 5, 80%of Haitians live under the poverty line, 54% live in abject poverty.
  2. Haiti has the highest percentage of orphans of any country in the Western Hemisphere. Before the 2010 earthquake, the United Nations estimated there were 430,000 orphans.
  3. Haiti is currently one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.
  4. Only about 10% of all Haitian children enrolled in elementary school go on to a high school.
  5. Haiti is one of the few countries in the world where the destruction of the original woodland is almost complete due to competition over scarce land, intense demand for charcoal, unsound agricultural practices, and feral goats which overgraze. This massive deforestation has led to lethal mudslides and flash floods. A muddy brown ring surrounds the country’s coastline where topsoil has washed into the sea.
  6. Throughout the mid and late twentieth centuries, Haiti experienced a “brain drain” as educated professionals and business people left the nation to escape brutal dictators. This exodus weakened Haiti because it was left with fewer and fewer skilled workers to run businesses, health centers, government offices, and schools.
  7. In Haiti, there is one hospital bed for every 10,000 inhabitants. There are only about eight doctors and 10 nurses for every 100,000 inhabitants.
  8. Haitians have the lowest caloric intake in the Americas, which has led to chronic and often fatal diseases.d An estimated 25-40% of children under five suffer chronic malnutrition.
  9. Anemia affects 59% of Haitian children between the ages of six months and five years.
  10. The infant mortality rate in Haiti is high at 74 deaths per 1,000 births. The maternal mortality rate is also high: about 520 deaths per 100,000 births (compared to just 14 maternal deaths per 100,000 births in the United States).
  11. Even before the 2010 earthquake, only 54% of Haitians had access to sanitation facilities (toilets, indoor plumbing, sewer systems). Less than half had a regular source of safe drinking water.
  12. Most rivers in Haiti are polluted with human and other waste. Diseases such as hookworm and typhoid, which are transmitted by contaminated food and water, are common in Haiti.
  13. Eighty percent of schools in Haiti are private, and religious groups run many of them. The remaining 20% are state-run. Students learn their lessons in both French and Creole.
  14. Only about 40% of school-aged children attend school regularly.
  15. The typical Haitian woman will have five children in her lifetime. Because the Roman Catholic Church discourages birth control, birth control is not readily available. Less than 20% of married women use birth control, and abortion is illegal.
  16. Most human rights experts agree that the worst abuses of Haitian children involve young people called retavecs, or poor children who work as house servants for urban families. Their parents hope that host families will feed and educate their children, but some hosts physically and sexually abuse the resavecs. Experts estimate that 300,000 Haitian children are living as slaves.
  17. Before the 2010 earthquake, the U.S. Labor Department estimates that between 5,000 and 10,000 Haitian children were homeless. Many resort to begging or prostitution to survive. Other children are trafficked to foreign countries.
  18. Half of the children in Haiti are unvaccinated, and just 40% of the population has access to basic health care.
  19. The United States is Haiti’s biggest trade partner. More than half of Haitian imports come from the United States, and more than 80% of its exports go to the United States.
  20. More than 200,000 Haitians died and millions were left homeless in a devastating earthquake in January 2010. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the region in more than 200 years.

This is devastating. It took less than 5 of these facts to make me want to do something. Even if it was something as simple as ordering a backdrop from Declare the Hope Project.  

You can find more information about the kids in Haiti at Haiti Hope Rising.

Declare the Hope Project even takes on a last minute task. Just a week ago I said I had another backdrop idea for our mommy and me sessions and she did it again. They said yes and three days later I had my product. Boom! So you know me....I had to dress up my little test subject (who isn't so little anymore) and take a few photos!

This was taken just because we were super excited about the back drop. The actual set up we used for the mini sessions was outside in our back yard.

Once again blown away by who they are, what they do, and what they are about. Thanks to Declare the Hope Project, these sessions were a big success! Now, go like and share their face book page, check out their Etsy Store, and choose Declare the Hope Project for your future craft/event needs with 100% profit going to mission work with Haiti! I know we will!