Welcome to Jacmel Bay!
Using natural sea glass harvested on the shores of Jacmel Bay, Haiti, we create necklaces and gifts. Be sure to link to our Etsy page see our latest creations!
The wonderful colors and textures of our Haitian Sea Glass are themselves things of beauty, but the story is what we seek to share. It is a powerful story of redemption. One aspect of Jacmel Bay is working with a group of young Deaf Haitians teaching and equipping them to be more independent and we are striving to bring them a steady source of income. Their creations are available at whole sale prices for those of you who may be fund raising for a trip to Haiti. Be sure to contact Denise if you would like information. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Over the last four years these artists have grown into a group of hard working productive adults. Several have married and a baby has also been recently born into this community. Jacmel Bay is happy to be partnering with them during this exciting time of their lives.
At Jacmel Bay we are focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction. We will do everything we can to exceed your expectations.
With a variety of offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us. Look around our website, and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.
Become the part of the story. Buy products from Jacmel Bay and 25% of the profits will be donated to the ongoing work of Joy in Hope in Jacmel, Haiti.
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The Back Story
What’s in your hand?”
This is the question that came to mind when I was praying about a way to raise funds for Haiti after the earthquake of 2010.
In a very short time, Jacmel Bay was birthed. I had no experience making jewelry, but when my daughter showed me the beautiful sea glass from Jacmel Bay, I knew that sea glass was what I had in my hand. I enrolled in a workshop and got to work.
In July 2010, just two months after I started making necklaces, I traveled to Jacmel to visit my daughter and her family where they are raising orphaned and abandoned children. I also went as a teacher. I brought with me 10 kits containing beads and wire and tools.
I worked with young adults in Jacmel to teach them the trade.
Most of my students were deaf and we used American Sign Language to communicate.Because I can speak with ASL, there was no communication barrier. I was able to buy some of their work and resell it for donations to Haiti Relief. This was a rewarding and exciting experience for me. I traveled to Haiti in 2011,2012,2013 and 2014 and worked again with my student artists.
I sell products, both my own and my students.It is my goal and dream to grow a business that will enable me to have a modest retirment income as well as having a positive impact in the lives of these deaf artists. Twenty five persent of my porfits will also go to Joy in Hope, a nonprofit ministry that not only operates a children's home but is also very active in the greater Jacmel community.
So you want to go to Haiti!