A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

To cultivate self-reliance and foster cross-cultural understanding through entrepreneurship and education projects.
May 28, 2013

Fundraiser To Focus On Haiti

Thanks for your past donations. Tools for Empowerment, ASAP's newest project, is gaining traction as we begin to look into possible workshop locations. We still need to secure funding for the startup phase of the project but things are looking optimistic.  We are hoping our GlobalGiving supporters will help us move towards achieving startup funding.  If you believe in self-reliance and not just handouts, you will understand the value of a complete tool kit for someone who has worked hard to learn a trade. That artisan can then utilize those skills and become a contributing participant in their Haitian community and not a burden.

ASAP will soon be starting it's second annual "Circle Our World With Love" fundraising campaign.  This year it is to raise money for Tools for Empowerment tool kits to be sent to Haiti. Participants will dedicate their non-motorized activity miles between July 1st and Sept 30th, from running, bicycling, rowing, etc.  Sponsors for their miles will help towards the goal.  You may want to consider dedicating some of your miles this summer to a noble cause.

Please make a generous donation towards the self-reliance of Haitian entrepreneurs. Your contribution will change lives.  And June 12 is the date we would love you to donate to this project because your donation will be matched by GlobalGiving.  Give generously for this great project on June 12th!

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Mar 29, 2013

Electricity Is Installed at BeeHive School

BeeHive Pupils Learning About Electricity
BeeHive Pupils Learning About Electricity

In our last update, we mentioned that we were planning to install electricty, thanks to a generous donation from The ESC Foundation, a small German family foundation.  It was installed last month!

A Learning Opportunity

BeeHive School does not have much in the way of science equipment.  This is due to the budget being tight, because all the construction expenses the school has had recently, and being located in Mzuzu, where resources are scarce and science equipment is expensive.  Despite this lack of supplies, the teachers are creative and come up with many out-of-the-classroom learning experiences.  The students grow gardens, have made clay structures from clay in the ground, build towers and bridges from old newspaper, and go on field trips to local shops and the airport.  Although leaning through sitting in a classroom is important, BeeHive believes learning through experiences is also important in a child's development.

When the electricity was installed last month, the teachers thought it was a great chance to do some hands on learning.  The Standard 6 class did a unit about electricity, learning all about currents, conductivity, and being safe around electricity.  Watching the electrician install the electricity was very exciting for all the students.  Many students do not have power at their homes.

Now that the electricity is installed, the school is eagerly waiting for the computer lab!

Students Hard at Work!
Students Hard at Work!
Learning About Power
Learning About Power
Students Enjoy Learning By Doing!
Students Enjoy Learning By Doing!
Exploring Conductivity
Exploring Conductivity
Discovering where the power enters the building
Discovering where the power enters the building
Mar 12, 2013

New Partnership with Focus on Haiti

Masonry Training
Masonry Training

 

ASAP has just signed an agreement with Salesian Missions to supply tool kits for their Vocational School graduates around the world. This is an important part of our plan because ASAP wants to avoid duplicating infrastructure in each country. The Salesians have requested that we start with Haiti and so that will be our initial focus instead of Nicaragua. We will do Nicaragua at a later date. In the US, donated tools will be refurbished, if needed, by volunteers, then made into tool kits and sent to Haiti for these needy artisans.

Entrepreneurs and artisans in Haiti will go from poverty to productive community members because of your support for ASAP’s Tools for Empowerment project.  Thanks to the agreement with Salisian’s Missions, these Haitian artisans will be trained in their chosen skill and receive their tool kit upon graduation.  Unable to buy the tools needed for employment or entrepreneurship, an ASAP tool kit makes a life-changing difference.

Vocational Skills training has been identified as the best way to give unemployed youth hope for the future and help families rise out of poverty. But skills without the tools to put that learning into practice are useless. Poor quality Chinese tools are usually what is available in most developing countries. But even these are out of the reach of most young artisans after learning their trade skills.

In partnership with the Salesian Vocational Training Center near Port-au-Prince Haiti, ASAP’s Tools for Empowerment project will provide the tools needed by graduating entrepreneurs and artisans to practice their new craft. This changes everything for them and their families by empowering them to not only survive but to thrive. 

Providing the tools to help new graduates put vocational skills to use to generate income is critical in a country where there is little hope of finding formal employment. If there were any jobs, only with tools would someone be considered.  And an entrepreneur will be able to prosper with their own tools of the trade. These tool kits will provide hope for the future where currently they have none.  As artisans improve their skills and confidence and acquire more customers, ASAP’s Tools for Empowerment will help create future jobs.

"Acquiring a few simple tools can be a life changing event for someone working to eke out an existence for their family.”

Carpentry Training
Carpentry Training
Auto Repair Training
Auto Repair Training
Electrical Training
Electrical Training

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