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Designing to Help Relief Work In Haiti

posted by Matt Ward on Jan 18, 2010.

I have a small, but strong and personal connection to Haiti. I am also determined to do whatever I can to help with the relief efforts following the horrible earthquake that struck the country in mid January. Read about my story, what I’m doing to help and how you can be a part of it!

As I’m sure you all know, the nation of Haiti was completely devastated by a powerful earthquake last week. It’s kind of put things in perspective. Here I am sitting on my nice, shinny Macbook, blogging about beautiful images, logos, websites and such. Meanwhile, thousands and thousands of people have literally lost everything. For many, the loss was fatal.

Help me do my part to help with the relief work in Haiti

Help me do my part to help with the relief work in Haiti

It may be cliched to say, but my heart aches. But I’m doing what I can to help! You can too! If you want details on what I’m doing, and how you can help, they are at the end of this post. First, though, let me tell you what Haiti means to me.

My Connection to Haiti

Back in 2006, my wife and I traveled to the Dominican Republic on a humanitarian relief effort (seriously, the Dominican is not as prosperous as some people think). There are millions of Haitian refugees living in the DR, and given the fact that I speak French (albeit not so well anymore) and they speak French Creole, I was able to communicate and speak with many of them. I was touched, transformed and above all humbled by those conversations, and one in particular.

In a tiny little village at the end of a horrible dirt road, and surrounded completely by fields of sugar cane, I met a man, who shall remain unidentified. We’ll call him Louis. Louis was Haitian. He was also educated. We talked briefly about Plato and Aristotle and I found myself amazed that I shared more than just our common humanity with this man. We shared a heritage of thought and philosophy. It stuck me then, and strikes me even harder now, that poverty does more than just rob people of material possessions.

It also robs them of their dignity, even in the eyes of those with the most sincere desire to help.

I never expected to meet such a man. Somehow, I had been expecting the poor to be simple and uneducated. The shattering of that preconception changed my life forever. And for the better.

This is me, drawing pictures for the wonderful kids

This is me, drawing pictures for the wonderful kids at Louis' village

As it turned out “Louis” had been a police officer in Haiti, but had found the horrible corruption too much to take. So, he had packed up his family and walked them through the jungle and into the Dominican Republic, where he worked in a factory for a minimal wage. He had a daughter, and when I met him he his wife was expecting twins. I hope and pray that they were born healthy and strong.

So, for me, the Haitian people are more than just another Caribbean nation. They are the brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, children and cousins of a man whose hand I shook, whose stories I listened to, and whose continued well being I hope and pray for on a continuing basis.

Doing My Part

Now, with the devastation in Haiti, I am doing my part. First, I am working with my youth group to design and produce a collection of T-Shirts, which we hope to sell through a variety of mediums. All of the profits from those shirts will go directly to an organization called ERDO, which will then funnel the funds into the relief efforts in Haiti. I will post more about these shirts when details become available.

Second, I am auctioning off some design work. I am making 2 logo designs and 1 poster design available to the highest bidders! Instead of me keeping the money, though, I will be donating it. Again, it will probably be going through ERDO.

  • 2 Logo Designs – $300 Value; Bidding starts at $200
  • 1 Poster Design – $250 Value; Bidding starts at $100

If you are interested in purchasing these services, please place a bid, either by commenting below or by contacting me directly at matt@echoenduring.com. My goal is to raise between $700 and $1000, so if the design work goes even for its standard value, I will meet that goal. But, please feel free to bid even higher. Remember, every cent of this money will be donated to the relief effort in Haiti!

I will leave the bidding open until the February 1st. Also, all payment will be up front, since we want this money to be allocated to the relief efforts as quickly as possible!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If my design services can be of any use to you, I certainly hope that you will consider bidding.

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Matt Ward is a digital artist who lances freely under the moniker of Echo Enduring Media, and specializes in graphics design, illustration and writing. He is also the Creative Director for Highland Marketing, a creative direct marketing company based out of Waterloo, Ontario. You can follow Matt on Twitter

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Jan 18, 2010

Sneh Roy says:

I cannot even imagine what it must be like in Haiti right now. I applaud your efforts to help out and wish you all the best.

My charity of choice Save The Children is also running a Haiti disaster fund geared towards relief efforts for children affected by the disaster. All donations, no matter how small make a big difference!

Jan 19, 2010

Callum Chapman says:

This is a great thing you’re doing Matt, I hope you reach your goal. I’d also quite like to do something for charity, it’s been on my mind long before the disaster in Haiti, it’s just not so easy getting round to it. Will most definitely brainstorm it a little more and try to raise at least a thousand dollars by the end of the year.

In fact, expect an email from me sometime soon ;)

Jan 19, 2010

Chris M says:

Good on you!

Jan 19, 2010

Brendon says:

I think its so awesome that you’re doing this Matt.

Jan 19, 2010

Richard Georges says:

That’s a brilliant idea Matt.

We all need to be thinking about what small or big way we can be doing our part. This was a creative solution.

All the best,
Rich

Jan 19, 2010

Chris Thurman says:

While I’ve not been to Haiti, I have been to other impoverished countries and it does change your life. I applaud your efforts and hope this post inspires others to reach out and help in any way they can.

Thanks Matt!

Jan 19, 2010

stephanie says:

thx for the inspiration, matt!! we all need to do our part to help those in need…kudos to you!

Jan 19, 2010

Ryan says:

Good looking out Matt. I hope that you get to send some help over through your design. It’s good that so many in the design community are doing their part.

Check out The Voice Apparel as well. They’ve got a t-shirt available for purchase with 100% of the profits going to World Vision.

Jan 22, 2010

Olgierd says:

If you need some design help we are open for cooperation. Please contact me for further details.

regards
Olgierd

Jan 22, 2010

ajl says:

Well done Matt, this is indeed a noble cause and I hope you reach the goal.

I have spread this post…

Cheers,
ajl

Jan 26, 2010

Hannah Trinity says:

Nice work your doing. God bless I will sure help spread out this blog, at least do my part in my own little way. I hope more people can do their part to help the people of Haiti the same way a lot people extend their help in the Philippines during the typhoon Ondoy.

More blessing to you, I don’t know you but I know you have a good heart.

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