Project #11898

Invest in Haiti's Future Leaders

by REBUILD Globally
Graduates with Djemson
Graduates with Djemson

Did you know the national average for students passing the final exam in Haiti is only 30%?  At REBUILD globally, 100% of our senior students passed the national exam!!  With this great success we celebrated our very first graducation at our workshop.  We were absolutely thrilled to celebrate the graduation of our 7 senior students last Saturday from not only high school, but each student successfully completed the Apprenticeship program. The tutoring provided by your generous contributions to our program certainly empowered our students to perform well and pass their exams.  In addition, our graduates are extremely optimistic that they will all succeed as they anticipate entering University next year.

Based on the business training course through the Saturday program your dollars have enabled us to adminster, two of our students learned skills to start their own “small businesses”. Jonise is selling drinks to the other students during the lunch break and is thinking of ways to increase her small business during this summer vacation. Mirthana a second year student is selling candies and cookies during this summer vacation in order to save money to help her cover her transporation fees.

The deux mains workshop in Haiti is eager to welcome the 7 graduates of the Apprenticeship Program to our sandal making team this year.  The graduates will now be entered into dignified, livign wage jobs due to their success in the Apprenticeship Program.

The economic situation in Haiti remains dire due to extreme poverty, natural  disasters, and poor infrastructure. However, REBUILD globally is able to support an additioanl 10 students to our program this year with all of your support and contributions from our wonderful donors!  

Thank you for your continued support!

The REBUILD family

Djemson and Jonise with graduation certificate
Djemson and Jonise with graduation certificate



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!

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!


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,


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


Maudernise is ready for 2014!
Maudernise is ready for 2014!

2014 is already shaping up to be a wonderful year for REBUILD globally’s Apprenticeship Program. Thanks to your support, 20 amazing young men and women are thriving due to the educational scholarships, academic tutoring, and vocational training provided by the program. To complement their studies these youth meet at the REBUILD shop every Saturday to learn valuable artisan, business, and leadership development skills.

This year’s students are so motivated that they have requested to extend their Saturday program by an hour each week to include English language instruction! These classes are taught by none other than RG accountant, Brunel Zamor, who also works as the principal of a local English school. The dedication and determination of these young people to learn and improve their futures are unprecedented in RG history and truly inspiring.

In addition to learning English and completing their schoolwork, our artisan Apprentices are also busy focusing to become future members of the REBUILD sandal making team. To build their creative skills they recently completed a project to beautify the RG boutique with their original artwork, bringing much deserved visibility to their talents and hard work.

These young people are truly remarkable. Like most teenagers in Port-au-Prince our Apprentices face struggles with adequate nutrition, safe housing, disease, clean water, gang violence, and teenage pregnancy. Many of them live in tent camps or small tin structures, yet that does not stifle their desire to grow and learn. REBUILD globally provides support and opportunity to these vulnerable youth so that they may build a better life for them and their loved ones.

Your support makes it possible for REBUILD globally to offer a safe haven of learning, mentorship, and hope for young people in Haiti. We want to thank you for your generosity and kindness. Please consider continuing your support of REBUILD globally and these amazing young people in Port-au-Prince. You are not only investing in these 20 Apprentices, you are helping build a movement in Haiti of young, educated leaders with the ability to change their lives and the lives of others in their community. Hear more stories of these remarkable individuals by liking REBUILD globally on Facebook or following us on Twitter. Please consider purchasing a pair of REBUILD globally sandals by checking out our online store.

With great love and thanks,

Rolander is learning to be an artisan!
Rolander is learning to be an artisan!
Mirthana is thrilled to be in her new uniform.
Mirthana is thrilled to be in her new uniform.



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REBUILD Globally

Location: Orlando, Florida - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Emily Davenport
Apprenticeship Program Manager
Prolongee, Haiti
$1,172 raised of $5,000 goal
18 donations
$3,828 to go
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