The World Under Water

8 Jun

Burlington, Vermont (AP Photo / Toby Talbot)

In the past few months, Vermont (the home of Hope For Women) has encountered flooding unlike anything most locals can remember. Our waterfront disappeared under what seemed like an endless rise in Lake Champlain’s water level, leaving businesses, homes, and boats abandoned at the hand of Mother Nature. Now, we’re slowly drying out and, though many of the effects of this flood are not yet resolved, our state is chugging towards recovery.

At Hope For Women, though, we think about our artisans in Bogota, Colombia. In the past year, their country has experienced massive and consistent rain storms, causing the onset of devastating flooding and mudslides. Death tolls flared into the hundreds, and millions were affected by the huge swells of water. Fortunately, all of the artisans that Hope For Women works with in Colombia are safe and healthy. However, as many Vermonters are also experiencing, flooding has affected their ability to travel, their access to certain materials used for work, and some of their family and living situations. Today, we are reminded that our world is an interconnected and dynamic web. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes disaster to open our eyes to our connections abroad. Hope For Women strives to bring light to these connections by nourishing global relationships and humanizing international business. Help our goal of global awareness by taking a moment to scroll through the following photos of Vermont and Colombia.

Burlington, Vermont (Photo credit: Matt Sutkoski)

Colchester Point, Vermont (Photo credit: Matt Sutkoski)

Colchester, Vermont (AP Photo / Toby Talbot)

Bogota, Colombia, the home of our artisans (AFP / Getty Images)

La Dorada, Colombia (Felipe Caicedo / Reuters)

Cali, Colombia (Luis Robaya / AFP - Getty Images)

La Dorada, Colombia (Felipe Caicedo / Reuters)

Cali, Colombia (Luis Robayo / AFP - Getty Images)

To learn more about flooding in Colombia in the last year, you can start here. Also, tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook wall.


2 Responses to “The World Under Water”

  1. crissygrif June 9, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Thank you for sharing this with us – you will be foremost in our minds and prayers.

    • Hope For Women Fair Trade June 16, 2011 at 10:58 am #

      We really appreciate your kindness and support. It truly takes awareness and compassion to work through disaster…Thank you for your time and thoughts!

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