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.
Oct 15, 2013

A new home. A new start.

Bertrand looking good in his school uniform.
Bertrand looking good in his school uniform.

Slight and soft spoken, Rodrigue came to REBUILD globally by way of his bright 16-year-old son, Bertrand. A member of RG’s Apprenticeship Program, Bertrand had a problem: he was afraid to sleep because gunshots kept him up at night. Bertrand and his family lived in Cité Soleil, Haiti’s largest slum and notorious for gang violence, extreme poverty, and a lack of infrastructure. Rodrigue and his children often heard gunshots, but after Bertrand was chased by gang members one night, the father knew he had to do something to keep his children safe.

He turned to REBUILD globally. We provided Bertrand with immediate interim safe housing and offered Rodrigue employment and a micro-loan to move his family to a safer area. A mason by trade, Rodrigue has made drastic improvements to the REBUILD shop, leading to a safer and more functional workspace for everyone.

Prior to working for REBUILD Rodrigue relied on infrequent construction jobs. Sometimes his profession proved lucrative, but more often his family was forced to stretch his earnings, never knowing the next time he would find work. With RG, Rodrigue knows where his next paycheck is coming from. With RG, Rodrigue was able to move to a place where his children no longer have to run from stray bullets.

Because of the generous support of donors like you, were are able to not only employ members of our community in Port-au-Prince, we are able to go above and beyond to meet their dire and specialized needs. Because of your support Bertrand and his siblings can sleep safe at night, and their father can put food on their table and clothes on their back. You donation means dignity for Haitians, and addresses poverty at the root of the problem. Thank you.

To hear more about Bertrand, Rodrigue, and others thriving because of their work with REBUILD globally, follow us on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter. Join the REBUILD movement by purchasing your own pair of recycled tire sandals at Ron Jon Surf Shop in Coco Beach, McKevlin’s Surf Shop in Folly Beach, or our online store.

Rodrigue working hard to improve the shop!
Rodrigue working hard to improve the shop!
Bertrand goes for the ball at RG basketball game!
Bertrand goes for the ball at RG basketball game!

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Oct 14, 2013

Building New Leaders in Haiti

From right: Jolina, Jean Robert, and Mami Ann
From right: Jolina, Jean Robert, and Mami Ann

This Fall is bringing exciting changes to REBUILD globally! Due to RG’s continuing success and the vital support of our donors and advocates, we have been able to expand our in-country leadership team. Please join us in welcoming new Country Director Sarah Sandsted, Deke Bowman RG’s Workforce Development Coordinator, Jolina Auguste our amazing Shop Supervisor, and Jean Robert Pluviose who is excelling as REBUILD’s Quality Control Manager.

Because of their dedication, hard work, and commitment to excellence Jolina and Jean Robert were each recently promoted from REBUILD globally Artisans to these exciting and valuable management positions.

Before starting with REBUILD, Jolina struggled to keep her family together in a water-logged tent after their home was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. Now, thanks to her intelligence, natural leadership ability, and an opportunity provided by REBUILD globally Jolina has bought her own land, built a safe home for her beautiful family, and puts her and her sister’s children in school. Jolina’s steady wages also allow her to give back to her community. As the President of the Women’s Group of Tabarre, she joined together with other female leaders in her area to open and maintain an orphanage that cares for vulnerable children.

Jean Robert was an electronics salesman before the earthquake, but after that terrible tragedy he found little opportunity to support himself and his loved ones. Jean Robert first came to REBUILD as a volunteer—wanting to cultivate a new skill even if it meant he wouldn’t get a paycheck. Now Jean Robert is fully employed and not only is he able to meet his basic needs, he is able to invest in his education: he is currently attending seminary school and plans to be a minister and provide support to his community.

By investing in REBUILD globally, you invest in wonderful and capable human beings like Jolina and Jean Robert. Dignified, living-wage, and environmentally-sustainable employment leads to better lives, stronger families, and more stable communities. At REBUILD globally, we feel honored to work with such amazing individuals, and as always, we thank you for your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you.

Learn more about Jolina, Jean Robert, and the other members of the REBUILD globally team by following us on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter. Join the REBUILD movement by purchasing your own pair or recycled tire sandals at Ron Jon Surf Shop in Coco Beach, McKevlin’s Surf Shop in Folly Beach, or at our online store.

Strong female leaders: Jolina & Sarah
Strong female leaders: Jolina & Sarah
Jolina looking radiant in the supply room.
Jolina looking radiant in the supply room.

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Oct 7, 2013

Dieunord's Story - A young man with big dreams

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In REBUILD globally’s Apprenticeship Program we are committed to providing access to education while fostering a sense of ownership and entrepreneurial thinking in all of students. Dieunord is a prime example of how business training and education can come together to improve lives. Before entering the Apprenticeship Program, Dieunord struggled to pay his own school fees by selling candy and calling cards on street corners. The income was small and he was often forced to take time off school to save enough for tuition. At 24, Dieunord is currently finishing his junior year of high school. Because of the scholarship and vocational training provided by REBUILD globally, Dieunord will earn his diploma much quicker and rejoin the workforce with a higher paying position.

Dieunord lives with his younger brother and fellow RG Apprentice, Guitho; REBUILD globally prefers to work with entire families whenever possible. This holistic approach is more effective because it addresses the needs of a particular family from multiple angles. Because of his age and responsibilities, Dieunord does not just need traditional education; he needs practical, employable skills. RG’s Apprenticeship Program strives to address this need relevant to the majority of Haiti’s young population.

Dieunord is a hard working individual and continues his part-time business selling sweets; some of his best costumers are his fellow Apprentices! He is equally committed to his studies, and often spends free time reading French novels and practicing his English, which has rapidly improved from the time he joined the REBUILD family. Dieunord has even helped translate for RG’s international staff! With only one more year until graduation, Dieunord plans to apply his microenterprise experience and REBUILD entrepreneurial training towards a career in agribusiness, which can be a lucrative sector in Haiti’s economy. Dieunord has big dreams, and REBUILD globally is thrilled to be a part of bringing them to fruition. Like the 19 other young people in RG’s Apprenticeship Program, Dieunord has a bright and stable future ahead of him because of his increased level of education and knowledge of enterprise.

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