Wilmington non-profit organizations team up to help hurricane victims in Haiti


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As many people here in North Carolina are still picking up the pieces following Hurricane Matthew, so are hundreds of thousands of people in Haiti.

Haiti was one of the hardest hit areas, hundreds of lives were lost and nearly one million people remain homeless. That is why two Wilmington non-profit organizations teamed up to help the hurricane victims.

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Tuesday night Mission Made Jewelry and Haiti Awake put on a fundraiser at the Loft in Downtown Wilmington. President of Haiti Awake Becky Graves has been to Haiti multiple times since the hurricane and says the devastation is something you have to see to believe.

“People are suffering, people are literally homeless with no where to go,” Graves said. “It’s not the United States, there’s not a shelter, there’s no FEMA, there’s no insurance. There’s no government organization coming in.”

That is why the organizations are raising money for those left with nothing. Founder of Mission Made Jewelry Ross Marino wants to spread the world and raise as much money as they can.

“Mission Made Jewelry is an organization that works to fight global poverty,” Marino said. “We do a lot of work in Haiti, and we partner with organizations there who train women how to make jewelry and other items and then we import them into the U.S. and sell them all around the country and on the internet.”

Half of the proceeds will be donated to Haiti Awake who works in the country, and the other half will be used to buy more jewelry in order to create more jobs.

“Hurricane recovery in Haiti is not going to be a sprint. It’s going to be a marathon,” Graves said.

If you’re interested in donating or learning more about Mission Made Jewelry click here.

And if you want to learn more about Haiti Awake click here.