Orphans are one of the most vulnerable populations, especially in post-earthquake Haiti. Through partnerships with other organizations, businesses and orphanages, RG ensures that children in need are given recycled tire sandals, made in Haiti, after orphanages have properly cleaned and sanitized the living quarters and children are de-wormed. There is not only buy-in from orphan care takers and children, but this project focuses on living wage employment and long term development in Haiti.
Many orphanages do not have the funding to provide children with proper shoes, which puts them at a high risk for parasites or worms. Shoeless, children are also unable to attend school, which devastates the young population in which there is only a 51.2% literacy rate. Additionally, Haiti has an 80% unemployment rate that ravished the countries ability to offer opportunities for Haitian people to properly care for themselves and their children.
REBUILD provides a long term solution that tackles both issues. By providing REBUILD tire sandals to orphans that are made in Haiti by Haitians you are becoming a part of a long term, sustainable economic development plan. These sandals helps alleviate the possibility of children becoming ill and help ensure they receive an education. More importantly, they are empowered to know that their sandals were made in their country and helped sustain livelihood in Haiti.
Over 100 children and caregivers in orphanages will be educated and trained on health and sanitation. By staying worm free and healthy the children will be able to attend school regularly and will receive an education to create a brighter future. Over 100 children will have sandals made in Haiti. 8 Haitian women and men will have living wage employment.
I have seen the unnecessary damage caused by children being barefoot. We have the resources and capability to re-purpose local materials to not only make sandals for the orphans, but employ Haitians. - Julie Colombino, President & CEO
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,741
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $759
Total Funding Goal: $2,500