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.
>>>>Click this link to learn more about REBUILD globally, our amazing artisans, and purchase a pair of Strides sandals.
To hear more stories like this, sign up for the RG monthly newsletter or like us on Facebook.
With love and gratitude,
The REBUILD familyrebuildglobally.org
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 RGrebuildglobally.org
Hello Friend,We at REBUILD globally know just how fortunate we are to have you as a supporter, and we would like to take this chance to give our honest and sincere thanks. Without you, REBUILD globally could not operate. Your donations have made it possible for us to create jobs and opportunity in Port-au-Prince, a beautiful place of desperate need.
Because of you, 23 Haitian artisans, accountants, managers, tutors, and other staff have been hired and paid a living wage through REBUILD this year. These skilled individuals are not only able to support their loved ones, some of them go on to pursue higher education, buy homes, found orphanages, and give back to others in their area. The truth is that your donation creates a ripple of change that affects an individual, then a family, and then an entire community. This change starts with you, and we can never express enough gratitude for your generosity.
As a special thank you we’d like to share a recent video sharing some of the success that your support has made possible. We know that there are many ways in which you could chose to spend your earnings, and we thank you for choosing REBUILD.
>>>Click this link to see our latest news from Haiti!
Thank you for investing in the hard-working people of Port-au-Prince.
With gratitude,Julie Colombinowww.rebuildglobally.org
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.
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!
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.