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.
Jun 16, 2014

Omel is making Strides.

Omel (right) and his brother Donald (left)
Omel (right) and his brother Donald (left)

Hello REBUILD Supporter!

We’d like to take the chance today to introduce you to one of the most impressive and inspiring members of the REBUILD globally family, Omel. His determination and dedication make him an extremely valuable artisan, and his story is a testament to his strength and perseverance.

Tragically, Omel’s parents passed away when he was a teenager. He and his brother, Donald, have supported each other since, but there were often periods of unemployment and no longevity within their jobs. To make matters even more difficult, Omel’s birth certificate was lost in the earthquake, and renewals in Haiti require a substantial fee and several documents proving residency. Omel, not being able to fulfill those requirements, had been living in fear of arrest for being caught without a birth certificate.

Because of his salary at REBUILD, Omel was able to renew his birth certificate last year and now has much more freedom of mobility. He says he has enough money to comfortably support himself, and that when he was offered the job with RG, “God opened a door.” He had been searching for a real livelihood for himself and his brother for over ten years, and now he has finally found it.

In addition to his work, Omel is also an RG apprentice. This means that Omel successfully juggles a full time job, school, weekly tutoring sessions, and four hours of courses on Saturdays. Omel has overcome so many obstacles in his life, and everyone in the REBUILD team is confident that he will succeed in anything he decides to do. RG is truly lucky to have Omel as one of our artisans.

It is because of donors like you that we are able to keep Omel on staff, and he can continue to work to reach his dreams. At REBUILD globally, your donation not only changes lives of individuals it changes their futures. Thank you for your generous support.

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With love and gratitude,

The REBUILD family
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Omel in his home
Omel in his home
Omel and Donald show off their Strides sandals!
Omel and Donald show off their Strides sandals!
Omel smiling big with his birth certificate!
Omel smiling big with his birth certificate!

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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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