REBUILD Globally

Mission: to support sustainable development in underserved communities through eco-friendly education and employment initiatives. Our chief objective is to educate, train, equip and employ local community members to recycle trash, tires and other waste materials to assist in the long term sufficiency of our partner communities.
Apr 14, 2014

Samuel and Woobensky: Mentorship in Haiti

Woobensky: RG Apprentice and Future Doctor!
Woobensky: RG Apprentice and Future Doctor!

At the REBUILD globally Apprenticeship Program, we believe we work with the most extraordinary and talented young people in Port-au-Prince, and that it is a privilege to contribute to their educational development. One of the ways RG does this is by seeking out successful, motivating Haitians to mentor and engage with these amazing young people.

Recently, we had a visit from Samuel Alcide, the Base Manager at a local grassroots NGO, Haiti Communitere. Samuel spent several years working in the US and has been with HC since they opened 4 years ago. He runs the organization’s daily operations and also contributes to the organization Konbit Music, which connects musicians from Cite Soleil. He spoke to the apprentices about responsibility, work ethic, and management skills. The students were thrilled to hear from an inspiring role model about applying for jobs, the differences between working in Haiti and the US, and community involvement.

One of the students who benefited from Samuel’s presentation is an 18 year old high school junior named Woobensky. Woobensky is learning artisan skills and dreams about making Haiti more beautiful and secure. He wants change for Haiti: less trash in the roads, more jobs. Woobesnky now hopes to become a doctor. With dedication like his, we know he’ll make it. Instead of playing with friends or becoming involved in gang activity, every Saturday Woobensky shadows a local physician to gain experience.

Woobensky is a smart young man who is overcoming the challenges in his life with hard work and perseverance. He knows how important it is for children to attend school. That’s why opportunities like the ones offered by the RG Apprenticeship Program are so vital in Haiti. Investing in education and skills building leads to a brighter future for individual Haitians, their community, and the entire country.

We want to thank you for supporting REBUILD globally with your love and generosity. Without it, apprentices like Woobensky wouldn’t meet inspiring role models like Samuel. Please consider continuing your support of the RG Apprenticeship Program and students like Woobensky. Your donation covers more than just school fees and books; it allows exceptional youth from vulnerable backgrounds the chance to work hard, expand their minds, and accomplish their dreams. Hear more stories about our other awesome apprentices by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter. Or please consider supporting REBUILD globally in style by purchasing your own pair of Strides sandals in our online store.

With gratitude,

The REBUILD Team
rebuildglobally.org

Samuel presenting to RG Apprentices.
Samuel presenting to RG Apprentices.

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Feb 11, 2014

Meet Zaka...

This is the newest member of the REBUILD team, Zaka.

Born in Nigeria, he has studied the art of shoemaking in Italy and New York and has owned his own business in Port-au-Prince for 40 years! Zaka has come on board to develop the latest line of REBUILD globally tire sandals sandals, and he has brought some wonderful improvements. Always there with an encouraging laugh, Zaka has worked with fellow artisans to enhance sandal soles, arch support and strap placement patterns. His words of wisdom have actually allowed the shop to increase production—which means we can make and sell even more amazing sandals! 

Zaka is a wonderful teacher and his guidance is empowering and uplifting to the entire RG staff. The spirit of progress inspired by Zaka is infectious at the REBUILD shop, “I am glad for all of the changes, now the sandals are better. I hope we continue to improve our sandals,” says RG artisan and mother, Jesselie.

We are so grateful for the love shown from all of our supporters who make it possible to continuing employing dedicated people like Zaka and Jesselie. To get your hands on the latest and greatest REBUILD sandals check out our store, and to hear even more success stories about social enterprise in Haiti like us on Facebook.

With love,
Your friends at RG
rebuildglobally.org

Zaka teaching his fellow artisans.
Zaka teaching his fellow artisans.
Brainstorming sandal improvements.
Brainstorming sandal improvements.

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Jan 6, 2014

RG Apprentices Can't Stop Learning!

Maudernise is ready for 2014!
Maudernise is ready for 2014!

2014 is already shaping up to be a wonderful year for REBUILD globally’s Apprenticeship Program. Thanks to your support, 20 amazing young men and women are thriving due to the educational scholarships, academic tutoring, and vocational training provided by the program. To complement their studies these youth meet at the REBUILD shop every Saturday to learn valuable artisan, business, and leadership development skills.

This year’s students are so motivated that they have requested to extend their Saturday program by an hour each week to include English language instruction! These classes are taught by none other than RG accountant, Brunel Zamor, who also works as the principal of a local English school. The dedication and determination of these young people to learn and improve their futures are unprecedented in RG history and truly inspiring.

In addition to learning English and completing their schoolwork, our artisan Apprentices are also busy focusing to become future members of the REBUILD sandal making team. To build their creative skills they recently completed a project to beautify the RG boutique with their original artwork, bringing much deserved visibility to their talents and hard work.

These young people are truly remarkable. Like most teenagers in Port-au-Prince our Apprentices face struggles with adequate nutrition, safe housing, disease, clean water, gang violence, and teenage pregnancy. Many of them live in tent camps or small tin structures, yet that does not stifle their desire to grow and learn. REBUILD globally provides support and opportunity to these vulnerable youth so that they may build a better life for them and their loved ones.

Your support makes it possible for REBUILD globally to offer a safe haven of learning, mentorship, and hope for young people in Haiti. We want to thank you for your generosity and kindness. Please consider continuing your support of REBUILD globally and these amazing young people in Port-au-Prince. You are not only investing in these 20 Apprentices, you are helping build a movement in Haiti of young, educated leaders with the ability to change their lives and the lives of others in their community. Hear more stories of these remarkable individuals by liking REBUILD globally on Facebook or following us on Twitter. Please consider purchasing a pair of REBUILD globally sandals by checking out our online store.

With great love and thanks,
The REBUILD Team
REBUILDglobally.org

Rolander is learning to be an artisan!
Rolander is learning to be an artisan!
Mirthana is thrilled to be in her new uniform.
Mirthana is thrilled to be in her new uniform.

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