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.
Sep 3, 2013

Through the eyes of Betiana

In the garden
In the garden

Betiana is one of the most vivacious, fearless, and thoughtful young people you could ever have the pleasure to meet. She is the first to share her thoughts during RG life skills presentations, voicing her ideas on topics like women’s rights, the spread of HIV/AIDS, and proper nutrition. She is a top student who constantly impresses her teachers and tutors with her quick problem-solving ability, comprehension skills, and inquisitive thinking. Betiana is a confident and social 15-year-old who is not afraid to get dirty in the REBUILD garden, play basketball with the boys, or engage in other extra-curricular activities like kung-fun! Betiana goes above and beyond for her studies and commitments to the RG Apprenticeship Program—always with a smile on her face.

Like most female Haitian teenagers, Betiana faces a unique set of challenges that her male counterparts do not. Betiana lives in an insecure home made of tin in a bad neighborhood; she often hears gunshots outside her door at night. Because she is a young women she is much more likely to be attacked or robbed in this crime-ridden. Despite these risks, Betiana makes the 60-minute trek to school each day, often in the scorching sun or pounding rain, because she cares about her education and is committed to building a better life.

 As Betiana’s parents are unemployed, the scholarship provided by the REBUILD Apprenticeship Program makes it possible for her to pursue her dreams through education. Betiana’s sister, Maudernise, is also a stellar RG Apprentice. Providing educational and occupational opportunities for these two sisters allows for a more holistic and family-focused approach to community development. Young women like Betiana blossom with the support and encouragement offered through initiative like the RG Apprenticeship Program, becoming strong leaders and advocates for their community. Betiana, and others like her, demonstrate how vital it is to invest in the amazing potential of young girls throughout the developing world.  

May 9, 2013

Stanley's Story

Stanley in RG hygiene class
Stanley in RG hygiene class

In the REBUILD globally Apprenticeship Program, few students have shown more determination, creativity, and raw talent than 17-year-old Stanley. A natural artist and craftsman, Stanley has excelled in the artisan and vocational trainings provided by our program. Often called “The Director” by his peers for his leadership abilities, Stanley always impresses us with his innovative use of recycled materials to make beautiful jewelry and art. In his own words, Stanley has “a vision.” He dreams of excelling as an artisan and providing a comfortable life for himself and those he loves.

Due to recent personal events, Stanley is now balancing being the head of his household with the demands of the 7th grade. With his father on his deathbed in a distant hospital and his mother nowhere to be found, the care of Stanley’s three young siblings, who range in age from 3 to 12, has fallen to him. When the REBUILD globally artisans learned of Stanley’s struggles they gathered together to help the young family with food and encouragement. Because RG pays its staff a living wage, it is possible for them to support each other in time of need without relying on outsider handouts.

REBUILD globally looks forward to the day when Stanley reaches the age of 18 and is hired on as a full time staff member. We know that his creative and artistic abilities will not only lead to even more beautiful, recycled RG products, but also to the advancement of his family and community. RG’s education and community development work allows vulnerable young people like Stanley to continue their education while providing for those that depend on their income. With his whole life ahead of him, we all know that Stanley will realize his “vision” due to his strength of character, artistic talents, and love for his family. REBUILD globally will also continue to provide the venue for go-getters like Stanley to succeed to their full potential.

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Mar 19, 2013

An orphan with a mother....

James and Andremen
James and Andremen

                                                                               James 

When we first met James, we assumed he was an orphan.   16 year-old James lived and worked the streets, begging for money and washing car windows—in hopes to have enough pocket change to help feed himself and pay for his school fees. Our assumption was completely wrong.  Although James seemed to be on his own - he was not an orphan. Raised by an unemployed single mother in the crime-ridden slums of Cité Soleil, James and his siblings have had a very rough life so far. His dangerous work on the streets nearly cost James his life last year when he was hit by a taptap, the local transportation. Thankfully James received the necessary surgery, saving his leg and his life, due in large part to generous REBUILD donors whose contributions helped offset the costs of his medical care.

Because donors like you support RG staff to live and learn in Haiti.  We are able to target the root problem for children like James.  Now, James’ life is completely different. This year, he is a REBUILD Apprentice and enjoys a full academic scholarship along with artisan technical training and life skills classes on Saturday. At his weekly tutoring session James works on his 6th grade math and language subjects. He is excited to be in school and knows what an amazing opportunity it is, “You can’t go anywhere in the world without school. You need it,” gushes James.

With your generous support, REBUILD globally is also able to address the root cause of James’ struggles: his mother’s unemployment. After obtaining a micro-loan for safer housing, James’ mother is now a full time artisan at the REBUILD shop. A portion of her salary goes toward paying off her loan; the rest goes home with her and her family.

This family is an amazing example of the holistic approach REBUILD takes on community development when supported by people like YOU. We know that poverty, hunger, homeless children, and education are all huge problems in Port-au-Prince; we also know that all of these issues can be addressed by providing the opportunity for gainful employment and family reunification. By giving James an alternative to living on the streets and investing in his education, as well as providing the living-wage occupation of his mother, together, we have created a lasting and meaningful pathway out of poverty for their entire family.

We can't thank you enough for changing lives for children and families in Haiti.

In Solidarity,

The RG Family

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