Mapou Foundation Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 registered in the State of Florida. Our goal is to raise money to provide targeted assistance to the people of Haiti through well established and legitimate organizations that have the proven ability and direct access necessary to effect positive change.
Our Mapou Pendant was born of the need to help Haiti in a direct and tangible way and to reflect our vision of Haiti, the Haiti we knew as children and have loved ever since.
Your purchase of this handcrafted piece will go directly to organizations like Hope for Haiti (www.hopeforhaiti.com
), which we recently donated $20,000 from the profits raised thus far. One hundred percent of all the profits by Mapou Foundation are donated to worthwhile organizations that aim to improve people's lives in remote areas of Haiti who do not have access to medical care.
This project would not have been possible without the invaluable help and support from these two very talented women: Shanna Nye (www.shannanyephotography.com) and Alina Stauffer (website design).
The Mapou tree is symbolic of Haiti's cultural identity as well as its collective strength. Spirits are said to reside in the Mapou tree, according to the Haitian elders who have preserved these trees for centuries. As other varieties fall victim to the machete destined to be charcoal, the Mapou has been spared. Elegant, beautiful and strong, this tree reflects the image of a Haiti we all remember well.