A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

To cultivate self-reliance and foster cross-cultural understanding through entrepreneurship and education projects.
Dec 15, 2014

From Perpetual Poverty to Productive Citizen

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.

Sep 15, 2014

Trick or Treat for Haiti

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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Sep 11, 2014

Giving Back to the Community of Mzuzu

BeeHive student giving donation to patient
BeeHive student giving donation to patient

Standard 5 Class Gives Donations To Hospital Patients

BeeHive Standard 5 students (about 12 yrs old) wanted to give back to the Mzuzu community. They decided to collect donations for patients at the local hospital. The students managed to collect five big boxes of donations. They sorted and organized the items into care packages and then visited the hospital and personally handed them to the patients. The patients really enjoyed having the students visit and were very happy at the kind and thoughtful gesture. The students enjoyed giving back to their community.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. If you have a lot, do something...if you have a little, do something...everyone has some way or something that they can contribute to the community.

Way to go Standard 5!

Standard 5 class with their collected donations
Standard 5 class with their collected donations
In the Mzuzu hospital
In the Mzuzu hospital
Students and hospital staff
Students and hospital staff
Patients were happy to see the students
Patients were happy to see the students
Outside the pediatrics unit
Outside the pediatrics unit
 
   

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