REBUILD Globally

Mission: to support sustainable development in underserved communities through eco-friendly education and employment initiatives. Our chief objective is to educate, train, equip and employ local community members to recycle trash, tires and other waste materials to assist in the long term sufficiency of our partner communities.
Apr 24, 2015

REBUILD globally's Apprenticeship Program: Spring Update!!

Jonise
Jonise

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!

Jameson
Jameson
Betiana
Betiana
Oct 13, 2014

A Big Thank you!

2014-15 RG Apprentices!
2014-15 RG Apprentices!

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!

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Apr 14, 2014

Samuel and Woobensky: Mentorship in Haiti

Woobensky: RG Apprentice and Future Doctor!
Woobensky: RG Apprentice and Future Doctor!

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.

With gratitude,

The REBUILD Team
rebuildglobally.org

Samuel presenting to RG Apprentices.
Samuel presenting to RG Apprentices.

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