Laurel Eastman & Pete Richardson graced us with a visit to the shop & brought us some more awesome kite bags.
My sister & I serendipitously discovered Laurel’s kiteboarding school in the Dominican Republic last year & were thrilled to be able to bring some of her colorful & clever Kite Bags home to sell in the shop. We were even more excited to learn of her non-profit mission supported by sales of the Kite Bags.
Kiters4Communities was created by Laurel & Pete as a way of bringing work to an impoverished Haitian community (just outside of Cabarete in the Dominican Republic) while also saving kite material otherwise bound for the landfill. Laurel is a pioneer of kiteboarding, one of the first female world-class competitors! Pete, who serves as Executive Director, opted to develop Kiters For Communities as an alternative to joining the Peace Corps. Their dedication to the project is truly inspiring.
The Kiters4Communities project continues to strive to bring more employment opportunities, education & improved quality of life to the Haitian communities they work with. You can help support their mission by buying a kite bag from the shop or visiting their website to learn more & make a donation: http://kiters4communities.org/
This living sculpture is called the “Mud Maid”. She can be found at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, UK. I hope to see her in person someday, but even better would be to create some semblance of her in my own woodland backyard. First I have to convince my husband that she isn’t creepy. How could he think that?!