Project #7559

Supporting Haitian Orphans and Families

by REBUILD Globally

By supporting REBUILD Globally, you have truly become part of our family. It is with friends, family and people like you that help make a difference in people’s lives every day.

Le Main Tendre orphanage currently has 36 children from the age of under 1 year to 16 years old, with a majority of them being under the age of 4.  There are several pairs of siblings within the group even 2 sets of twins!  Even though these children are living in an orphanage, the majority of them have living parents. However, their parents feel that they are not in a position (mostly financially) to look after them. We have found that on average nearly 70% of children in Haiti are orphans of poverty and not parentless orphans.  And sadly, without employment, parents have no means to even feed their children so they make the agonizing decision to put them in homes.  Le Main Tendre encourages contact between the children and their birth-families, and often parents will visit as much as possible and on special occasions such as birthdays etc.

Le Main Trendre has been an orphanage since long before the earthquake in January 2010.  A number of NGO's have worked in partnership to improve the infrastructure at the orphanage: a medium-term structure has been erected where the temple first stood and the living quarters have been improved dramatically. REBUILD Globally has been able to help this by providing a pair of sandals specifically made to fit for each child in the orphanage. This contributes towards reducing the risk of the children being infected by intestinal worms, which can cause major health problems.  

Additionally, we have been able to host the children at the Caribbean Lodge for a swim day party.  The children and the orphanage are now a part of our growing family.  Thank you for helping us help the children of Haiti.

In solitude,


Kay Angel Orphanage
Kay Angel Orphanage

In the past 3 months, your support and love has provided 77 orphan and street children with recycled tire sandals!  It is hard to explain the look on a child’s face when they receive a sandal that they know was made in Haiti from tires collected off their streets.  The kids are literally in awe at the thought of recycling and using something old to make something new and beautiful.  It has been a privilege to watch this reaction. 

In this GlobalGiving report, we would like to highlight an organization who has gone above and beyond just providing sandals to kids in need.  The {Heart} Change Project is an organization that is interested in changing hearts, living a life of purpose and understanding that one small act of kindness can change someone’s entire life and future.  They held a fundraiser on behalf of the children of Kay Angel Orphanage in Jacmel, a home that cares for young children with HIV/AIDS and other disabilities. 
With the money raised, the The {Heart} Change Project was able to support economic development and sustainable change in Haiti by purchasing new sandals from Rebuild Globally for the children.  This allowed both projects, Kay Angel and Rebuild Globally to do what they do best in Haiti and work towards a health and sustainable Haiti. 

Thank you to The Heart Change Project, Kay Angel Orphanage and all the individuals who have supported this project and REBUILD Globally.  Together we are able to make lasting impacts in the lives of Haitian earthquake survivors and children in need.

 In solidarity,


Sandal fitting
Sandal fitting
The happy girls
The happy girls
group photo after sandal delivery
group photo after sandal delivery

When we started the project in February, REBUILD globally was aware there was a need for sandals at several orphanages in Port-au-Prince.  By giving to this project, you have helped fill that need.  The sandals the orphans received were not just a want, they were a need.  By wearing sandals it can reduce the risk of these children contracting parasites and worms in the future. Not to mention protecting their feet from the treacherous streets of Haiti. 

Not only have 20 orphans received new sandals due to your generosity, but also, together with your help, REBUILD was able to donate the sandals and employ 8 artisans.  In the process of making the sandals, we are able to provide living wage employment opportunities for Haiti's most vulnerable populations to foster self-sufficiency and independent living; and reduce waste in Haiti through creative re-purposing of tires.  We have turned old tires into new sandals. 

Thank you again for your donation.  We look forward to helping employ more people and give more sandals to orphans.  One way we can do this is by you sharing REBUILD with your friends and family.  Please visit our Facebook page!/REBUILDglobally and 'like us' and suggest us to your friends too!

With love from Haiti,



Julie Colombino | CEO
REBUILD Globally
*Restoring Environments By Utilizing Innovative Local Development*
P.O. Box 540764 | Orlando, FL. 32854
US: 407.832.1177
Haiti: 509 3654 6270

so happy to have sandals!
so happy to have sandals!

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REBUILD Globally

Location: Orlando, Florida - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Julie Colombino
Orlando, FL United States

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