The REBUILD globally Apprenticeship Program was created to support vulnerable youth in Haiti by providing an academic scholarship and job skills training. We are thrilled to announce that eight of our students will be graduating this year. This is such an unbelievable accomplishment, as the national average of high school juniors to pass their national exams in Haiti, is 30%. Yet, 100% of our juniors passed this year!
The Apprenticeship Program was born in the wake of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake as an effort to get young people off the streets, in school, and eventually secure them with a job at our Deux Mains sandal workshop in Port Au Prince. However, our students’ dreams have changed. Thanks to the training they are receiving, the world has opened up to them, broadening their vision for their future. Most intend to go on to University, and many have expressed the desire to share the knowledge they have gained with other Haitian youths and start their own businesses.
We are pleased to highlight three of our students:
Jonise is a 21 year-old young woman who has become an entrepreneur based on the business skills that she is learning through the Apprenticeship Program. Jonise is an excellent student who sells cookies and soda to the other students in the break time during the Saturday Program at REBUILD globally. This allows extra money to help pay her transportation fees to and from to school and to come to Saturday program each week.
Jameson is15 years old. He used to spend all of his time begging in the streets because his family could not afford his school tuition and basic needs. Through our Scholarship Program, Jameson is now going to school and is maintaining high marks. His teacher said that: “he is one of the best students in his class.”
Betiana is 18 years-old. She is one of the best students in our Art Program. Betiana plans to share the knowledge she has gained to children from different orphanages in Port-au-Prince by teaching them arts, specifically how to make handbags and purses using re-purposed trash.
We are so proud of our 20 students and honored to support them. We could not do any of this without your support.Thank you for all you are doing to invest in Haiti’s future!
The REBUILD globally Apprenticeship Program begins its 4th year with a reason to celebrate - this year, because of a 2-month IndieGoGo campaign and several outside donations, all 8 of our seniors are completely funded for their school fees, books and uniforms! A Senior Year in Port au Prince can range from $400 - $600 per year, including the books they are required to buy and the uniforms they are required to wear. It is by far the most expensive year, and in order to better fund the program as a whole, we decided to run the IndieGoGo campaign for a more personal, individual approach to sponsoring the students. Upon graduation, the students will have exponentially more opportunities for either university, vocational schools or a different career of their choice - choices they would not have without a high school diploma. The results of the campaign were fantastic - due to generous contributions from New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Minnesota, and everywhere in between, we were able to reach 96% of our goal! Individual donations ranged from $10 to $500, and one group together raised over $1,500 in one afternoon. We are not only grateful for the contributions, we are amazed at the energy and time our supporters have put into sharing the link, sending along email chains, and spreading the word. We are truly grateful for the community that has been built and for the extensive support for the Program. REBUILD globally would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who contributed, for every dollar, for every Facebook "share," for everyone who mentioned our campaign this summer!
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.
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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 TeamREBUILDglobally.org
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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