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.
Sep 3, 2013

Through the eyes of Betiana

In the garden
In the garden

Betiana is one of the most vivacious, fearless, and thoughtful young people you could ever have the pleasure to meet. She is the first to share her thoughts during RG life skills presentations, voicing her ideas on topics like women’s rights, the spread of HIV/AIDS, and proper nutrition. She is a top student who constantly impresses her teachers and tutors with her quick problem-solving ability, comprehension skills, and inquisitive thinking. Betiana is a confident and social 15-year-old who is not afraid to get dirty in the REBUILD garden, play basketball with the boys, or engage in other extra-curricular activities like kung-fun! Betiana goes above and beyond for her studies and commitments to the RG Apprenticeship Program—always with a smile on her face.

Like most female Haitian teenagers, Betiana faces a unique set of challenges that her male counterparts do not. Betiana lives in an insecure home made of tin in a bad neighborhood; she often hears gunshots outside her door at night. Because she is a young women she is much more likely to be attacked or robbed in this crime-ridden. Despite these risks, Betiana makes the 60-minute trek to school each day, often in the scorching sun or pounding rain, because she cares about her education and is committed to building a better life.

 As Betiana’s parents are unemployed, the scholarship provided by the REBUILD Apprenticeship Program makes it possible for her to pursue her dreams through education. Betiana’s sister, Maudernise, is also a stellar RG Apprentice. Providing educational and occupational opportunities for these two sisters allows for a more holistic and family-focused approach to community development. Young women like Betiana blossom with the support and encouragement offered through initiative like the RG Apprenticeship Program, becoming strong leaders and advocates for their community. Betiana, and others like her, demonstrate how vital it is to invest in the amazing potential of young girls throughout the developing world.  

Jun 12, 2013

My feet have never been happier!

I had the privilage of spending a few hours with the REBUILDglobally team. When I say privilege, I mean it. The staff (both Haitian and American) are extremely passionate about what they are doing. They are not making sandals, they are changing futures. They are creating jobs from old tires that would otherwise eventually be burned or thrown into the river (or both). This is a fine example of paradigm shifting. How awesome are they?!... 

In a country where cultural behavior will naturally ask for a job in the face of desperation (asking for a handout is not a cultural norm in Haiti), REBUILD has sacrificed much and worked tirelessly to provide these hard working men and women with a skill, education, life skills and a chance to walk down the street with their head held high knowing that THEY are the ones that put a roof over their head, a meal on the table and a child through school. 

I could have listened to the stories; the trials and victories all day! What? You were robbed?!? rather than give up, you were able to find money to get the tools needed, add security to the site and keep going?! (that was my inner monologue). This is perseverance by definition. No matter what the obstacles, REBUILD's team has worked together to overcome adversity. 

REBUILDglobally and their fearless leader Julie, are proactively working toward self sustainability... What do I mean you may ask?... by that I am referring to getting their foot in the door (haha... no pun intended) with places like PacSun, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Having consistent demand from large retail stores in US, RG will not only be able to offer more apprentice spots (guaranteeing high school graduates jobs), but also hire more staff now and further impact the dynamics of a country fighting hard to stand on their own. 

Thanks Julie and crew for letting me impose for a few hours and carting me around!

Happiest feet EVER
Happiest feet EVER
Hard at work
Hard at work
apprentice program garden: planted & ready to grow
apprentice program garden: planted & ready to grow
May 9, 2013

Stanley's Story

Stanley in RG hygiene class
Stanley in RG hygiene class

In the REBUILD globally Apprenticeship Program, few students have shown more determination, creativity, and raw talent than 17-year-old Stanley. A natural artist and craftsman, Stanley has excelled in the artisan and vocational trainings provided by our program. Often called “The Director” by his peers for his leadership abilities, Stanley always impresses us with his innovative use of recycled materials to make beautiful jewelry and art. In his own words, Stanley has “a vision.” He dreams of excelling as an artisan and providing a comfortable life for himself and those he loves.

Due to recent personal events, Stanley is now balancing being the head of his household with the demands of the 7th grade. With his father on his deathbed in a distant hospital and his mother nowhere to be found, the care of Stanley’s three young siblings, who range in age from 3 to 12, has fallen to him. When the REBUILD globally artisans learned of Stanley’s struggles they gathered together to help the young family with food and encouragement. Because RG pays its staff a living wage, it is possible for them to support each other in time of need without relying on outsider handouts.

REBUILD globally looks forward to the day when Stanley reaches the age of 18 and is hired on as a full time staff member. We know that his creative and artistic abilities will not only lead to even more beautiful, recycled RG products, but also to the advancement of his family and community. RG’s education and community development work allows vulnerable young people like Stanley to continue their education while providing for those that depend on their income. With his whole life ahead of him, we all know that Stanley will realize his “vision” due to his strength of character, artistic talents, and love for his family. REBUILD globally will also continue to provide the venue for go-getters like Stanley to succeed to their full potential.

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