Only 53% of the Haitian population is literate.

That might not shock you from a long distance. But because of the work we do there with papier-mache crafters, we’ve learned first-hand how much this statistic hinders the everyday life of so many people in Port-au-Prince.

We knew that we wanted to make a difference in the lives of our Haitian artisans. So we co-founded an adult literacy program. Over the past 6 months, the course has been teaching crafters to read and write, and we’ve seen an incredibly positive response!

We visited Port-au-Prince to attend the graduation of our pilot program students, and we’re proud to share this moment.


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November 21, 2014

I love Haiti! Thanks for doing this!


November 21, 2014

However, someone here says ” instead of giving them money”…….I hope you are paying them as well as providing them with the education!


November 23, 2014

Thank you…..West Elm for everlasting movement in Haiti.


November 23, 2014

Very inspiring…more companies should do this to improve the lives of the less fortunate. Good on you West Elm!

Rose Synsmir

November 23, 2014

I enjoyed reading this, this is wonderful for the people of Haiti


November 23, 2014

Thank you for participating in this literacy program!


November 23, 2014

One more reason to LOVE West Elm!!


November 23, 2014

This is so fantastic. I have a love for the Hatian people, I think anyone who has spent time there does because they are so loving and open despite their challenges. I’m so happy to see aid in helping them to help themselves instead of just throwing money at the problem. This is a long term way to help!

Linda Norby

November 23, 2014

My best friend is Haitian. I contribute regularly. Thank you for helping.


November 23, 2014

As a teacher, West Elm fan and daughter of a Haitian woman, I am elated by your literacy education with the talented artisans of Caribbean Craft! Bravo to you and all the graduates.


November 23, 2014

Watching this video and learning about what West Elm is doing and has done to improve the lives of these Haitian people has brought a smile to my face. West Elm, though I applaud you for your advertised humanitarian efforts, I also hope that you are “doing the right thing” by monetarily compensating these workers for their products! If I thought that you were not, I would not be accepting your email ads.


November 23, 2014

Kudos to you!

S. Johnson

November 23, 2014



November 24, 2014

What a beautiful gift! This program not only gives people a way to use their own voice, but also inspires them to continue their education and the education of their children.

Leah Zisserson

November 24, 2014

Good work. Local and accountable use of funds.

Stephen b.

November 24, 2014

Just lov’n West Elm all the more! Thanks.


November 24, 2014

Thank you. I am so very happy, that you care about this struggle.


December 31, 2014

This is inspiring; thank you West Rlm!


January 4, 2015

Well done!


January 4, 2015

Awesome! Love that country!


January 4, 2015

Congratulations to the graduates! What an inspiring program, I wish you continued success wit this and the hope that this education not only enriches their lives but helps sustain their future 🙂

Tennyson Tippy

September 4, 2015

I just learned about this while flipping through the September catalog. Thrilled with this partnership and hope to see West Elm continue and expand these types of partnerships.

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