Tools for Empowerment for Artisans in Haiti

 
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May 1st was an exciting day.  We  shipped our first container of refurbished tools to Haiti. The shipment included power equipment as well as hand tools.  It was unloaded on June 2nd and generated quite a bit of interest.  These tools were then distributed to the various Salesian vocational schools and will be handed out to the graduates as they need them. 

As you know, poverty is quite rampant in Haiti and it is nearly impossible to get a job in the trades without your own tools.  We feel that these tools are a step up for these young people as opposed to a hand out because the tools will empower them to either get a job or start a small enterprise. This is the big step towards their independence and greatly improved lives for themselves and their families.

Your support has played a vital role in this life changing project.  These graduates will go from perpetual poverty to being a productive cummunity member.  Imagine a family will be able to buy enough food and afford medical attention when needed. Thank you again for believing in our work.

Youth Group helping to pack tools
Youth Group helping to pack tools

Help us make a life changing difference for a young entrepreneur and his family in Haiti. He is close to graduating with a certificate in auto repair. The training was free thanks to the Salesian Missions and he is truly grateful for his new found skills. He is dreaming of having a job with a steady income. This will mean food on the table every day and medical care for his younger sister.

The only problem is employers usually require that you have your own tools. No tools – no job!

You can be a part of the solution with a donation to Tools For Empowerment. TFE collects donated tools, cleans and packages them for shipment to Haiti. These tools will become the bridge between acquiring skills and being empowered to use of them.

Later this week we will load the first container of tools to Haiti that will change lives from perpetual poverty to productive citizen. It gets more exciting as we move closer to the day we load and ship. The weather has finally warmed up so more people are willing to volunteer to clean and pack tools.

Please consider a donation to help us make a life-changing difference to young people who have worked hard to learn a trade and just want a normal life. Be a part of the solution.

Imagine working for two years to learn a trade and after graduation you take your certificate and head out looking for a job. Every employer says, “Congratulations on your certificate but where are your tools?” This is a common theme. No tools – no job! A simple set of tools can make a huge difference and change a life. We are getting closer to shipping the first container of tools to Haiti that will change lives . from perpetual poverty to productive citizen.

We had a good response from the first year of our Trick or Treat for Tools campaign. So we now have enough tools to fill a 20’ shipping container. This will go to the six Salesian Missions Vocational Schools in Haiti. Thanks for all the local donations during this drive. Volunteers will start working on this first shipment this month as the workshop is organized to do the tool cleaning and packaging with crates. We are making the crates out of donated plywood, pallets and lumber to keep costs low.

Envision a young man who has learned a new set of skills; who now receives a set of tools that enables him to become a productive member of his community. It is an opportunity to generate income and thus change the lives of his whole family. It’s not sexy or glitzy but it only takes one person to pull an entire family out of poverty.

Help us eliminate poverty one person at a time as we empower a few people to move from poverty to being productive citizens. Please donate generously.

Thank you.

Decorated buckets will be at 100 collection points
Decorated buckets will be at 100 collection points

It is getting quite exciting at Tools For Empowerment as we get into full swing at the refurbishing center. Tools continue to come in from that one tool drive at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in May and the workshop is pretty well operational now. We are getting all types of tools from hammers to cement mixers to lawnmowers. Anything that is not practical to send to a developing country we sell to help offset expenses. We are starting to make up tool kits from what we already have received and so we are getting closer to changing the lives of families in Haiti.

We are really excited about another tool drive in the works called Trick or Treat for Tools. Home Depot donated 100 of their orange buckets and we have volunteers decorating them. The volunteers will place them in Churches, Schools, and Businesses where each one will be the drop off point and catalyst for a tool drive at that location. We expect a good response from this and it goes until October 31st. Regardless of how many tools we get, we still need the funds to run the workshop and ship containers. 

Please remember what this project is all about. It’s about helping young Haitians get a leg up and improve their chances for employment. It’s about changing lives – making a real difference - in a very tangible way. Your donation is truly appreciated.

Go ahead – make a difference – change a life - give generously.

Thank you,

Tom Arsenault

Tools For Empowerment Workshop
Tools For Empowerment Workshop
Generous donors make our work possible
Generous donors make our work possible

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Putting Up The Sign
Putting Up The Sign

Imagine graduating from Vocational Schooml in Haiti with all the excitement and expectations it brings.  Finally someone in the family will be earning money so they can eat regularly. As you go out looking for work, time and time again you hear, "Do you have tools? No tools - no work." It seems like such a cruel joke to hear this after two years of studying. You are now devastated and depressed.

Tools For Empowerrment is changing that by providing a tool kit for each graduate of Don Bosco Vocational Schools in Haiti. That tool box contains more than tools. It also has hope, happiness and self-confidence.

We are now just about fininshed geting the workshop set up and have already had a successful tool drive at Holy Trininty Church. They have been more than supportive at Holy Trininty.  We have a $1000 special pickup truck we are using locally for tool pick ups. We are planning tool drives at some of the other churches in town.

Your support for this project is very critical. Remember, this is not about saving the tools. This is about empowering people living in poverty to become a productive part of society. Its about supporting young people that have made the effort to study for two years.  Its about helping a young man start his own business and maybe even hire his brother to help. Yes, its about changing lives not saving tools. Please invest in us because we are doing good things. 

Thank you.

Tom Arsenault

TFE Truck for Local Tool Pick up
TFE Truck for Local Tool Pick up
Large Donation
Large Donation
Workshop in Progress
Workshop in Progress

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Tom Arsenault

Peachtree City, GA United States

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