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O'More design students work on project to help Haiti

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A group of local fashion students is working to not only make a new line of clothing but also give women in another country a new opportunity.

They are working with The DAR Project, which comes from the Spanish word meaning "to give," and that's exactly what these O'More College of Design students are doing.

"It was a different opportunity to pay it forward and to be involved in something bigger than themselves," said instructor Annette Medcalf.

The students partnered with The DAR Project to create 10 outfit designs that will be made at a factory in Haiti. The factory will be set up in an area that is currently without power and running water.

Martha Montiel-Lewis, founder of The DAR Project, said women in need will make the clothes that were designed by Middle Tennessee students.

"It gives women in Haiti a sustainability program - a life-changing opportunity - giving them jobs that they are getting paid, to provide food and education and so forth," she said.

Students who came up with the designs said they were eager to do something they knew would impact others.

"I look forward to it every week, but I feel like I'm doing it for a purpose," said O'More student Maarika Mann.

From talking with the design students, it seems their lives are forever changed as well.

The DAR Project has already sent sewing machines down to Haiti, but they are still raising money to set up their factory. For more information and to contribute, visit: http://www.thedarproject.org/.

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