I am pleased to announce the recent donation of more than 300 pairs of REBUILDER sandals to Central Floridians in need via the organizations first Flop Drop initiative.Through the generous support of the Central Florida community, REBUILD Globally has been able to employ seven full-time Haitian men and women to manufacture the organizations handcrafted REBUILDER sandals. The Flop Drop event looks to give back to the community by providing local nonprofits with REBUILDER sandals which will be distributed to citizens in need.
REBUILD Globally would not be in operation today without the unwavering support of the Central Florida community. This support translates to employment for Haitian men and women. The result of which has been truly life-changing. With previous experience working in a local Orlando Non-Profit, it has been very evident the strong desire to keep resources locally, rather than simply sending resources and funding abroad. I, feel torn to do both. I believe this is something that makes RG unique, making a difference on both spheres.
The Haitian men and women employed by RG, having been given so much by Central Florida, wanted to do something to show their gratitude and appreciation. They wanted to give back to the men, women and children most in need here, in Central Florida. With existing relationships with selected several Central Florida nonprofit agencies, RG was able begin contacting agencies to receive free REBUILDERS sandals for their clients.
The first of these “flop drops” was conducted at the BETA Center in November. BETA Center is a school and home to teenage mothers in Central Florida. BETA Center aims to
Additional flop drops are planned at several local agencies in December and January.
Together we are able to make lasting impacts in the lives of Haitian earthquake survivors and children in need all over the world.
Due to the incredible growth REBUILD Globally has experienced over the past year and a very generous donation from WorldwideModular construction, we are pleased to report that we happily grew out of our first location! On July 8, 2011, we had the honor to host an official ribbon cutting ceremony at our new shop. There were nearly 300 people in attendance with representation from Haitian businesses, government officials, volunteers, family and friends. It is a bit surreal to see one of our dreams turn into reality and so quickly, but this has inspired us to work even harder to reach our other goals. We know with the support of people like you, each one is possible. In our new shop, we are now able to provide partner organizations space, produce more quantity and produce a better quality sandal, but most importantly, when funding is available– we will be able to employ more artisans!
Thank you so much for your contribution to REBUILD Globally. Your gift is literally transforming the lives of individuals. You are the fuel that keeps this fire burning. And with a little more of that same love, we can turn this flame into a brushfire!
With love from Haiti,
I am happy to bring you a workshop construction update. REBUILD Globally has had the honor to partner with European Disaster Volunteers (EDV), an organization that provides meaningful relief and reconstruction assistance to disaster affected communities around the world. We are working together to build the new RG workshop which gives us the capacity and space to hire 40 more artisans! The expansion of our environmentally friendly economic development program is only due to the generosity of all of our partners and the collaboration and extremely hard work of our partner on the ground, especially EDV.
Also, please look up REBUILD Gloablly on Facebook and 'like' our fanpage in order to get REBUILD updates!
With love from Haiti,
My colleague Marisa and I met Julie Colombino over lunch in Port-au-Prince. Her excitement about the work she’s doing in Haiti was contagious as she showed us the sandals that her organization is producing out of recycled tires. Some of the shoes are given out in Haiti to those who need them, and others are sold to foreigners to help subsidize the cost of those given away. Her organization, REBUILD Globally, is new to GlobalGiving, just recently succeeding in an Open Challenge!
She explained some of the difficulties REBUILD Globally has experienced in the past few months during start-up phase (limited funds, learning sandal design) and some of the successes (creating a great product, increasing employment in her community, keeping kids in school).
The organization currently employs 8 full-time staff (6 women and 2 men) and are paying for 25 children to remain in school through the production of the sandals. Her dream is to expand the sales of the sandals into US markets, which would allow the organization to expand. She’s teaching her staff to be leaders, so as the organization expands, each of them can start their own sandal-making ventures and employ more people in their communities.
We’re excited to have REBUILD Globally as a new GlobalGiving partner and hope to see more of their sandals on feet here in the US soon!
There are only 3 days left in the Global Giving Challenge, and we're over 80% towards the goal of $4,000 to earn a permanent position on the site. So, we wanted to send you a quick update on what's been going on at REBUILD.
NEW SHOESOur six artisans have hand-made about 140 'REBUILDER' tire sandals since the GlobalGiving Challenge began - even though the shop has been closed several days due to the riots related to the recent disputed election. Interested in buying a pair of REBUILDER tire sandals? We'll be having our first Shoe Party in Orlando soon, so keep an eye out for the event announcement on our website and facebook page!
NEW PARTNERSHIPSA few weeks ago, we were asked to partner with Builders without Borders to create a recycled straw bale house. We are helping by making bags out of old tarps that will be filled with crushed rubble to be used as the foundation of the house. The BWB mission aligns with REBUILD's as they are dedicated to developing and promoting safe, affordable, sustainable, and culturally appropriate shelter in places of need.
We still need to raise $715 to remain on the GlobalGiving.org site and work towards our ultimate goal of employing 40 Haitian earthquake victims as full-time artisans. So we need your help to spread the word these last few days.
Together, we will REBUILD Haiti.
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