Claudette on the right with the children.
Dear REBUILD Supporters,
Your generous contributions have continued to put sandals on the feet of barefoot children while supporting living wage employment for Haitian mothers and fathers. YOU are fulfilling the mission of REBUILD globally. YOU have also help increase awareness about the reality of orphaned and destitute children in Port-au-Prince and all throughout Haiti.
While there are many children whose parents have passed, there are also many children who can simply not be taken care of by their parents due to joblessness. Parents simply cannot afford to meet the basic needs like shelter and food, and turn to the orphanages to house their children. When the children age out of this orphan home situation or do not fit in, they become the most vulnerable population we have encountered. They are on the cusp of adolescence or have zero education and are now expected to provide for themselves. Many of them are out on the streets and in danger.
These vulnerable street boys are truly the heart and “sole” of our operation. While we have always provided these children with shoes to wear, food to eat, and funds for school; we are now able to do something even more substantial: employ their mothers.
Thanks to a quick-impact grant from the United Nations, REBUILD has added TWENTY new women to our workforce! Many of these women are mothers to several of the street boys and apprentice children who frequent our site. Now that mom’s are employed, they will be able to ensure that their children have shelter, food and are kept in school. This project is really about providing the families with the means to provide for themselves. We hope to see our numbers of employees increase, therefore increasing our reach to the community in Haiti- Like a rippling effect.
A very special part of our efforts is being able to encourage the spirit of each employee to have the ability to first take care of their family and then help support the community. One of our new artisans, Claudette, reminded us of the true nature of generosity. With her first paycheck from the workshop she went and bought onions and sausage, which can easily feed many, and citronella candles to ward off mosquitoes for an orphanage in the neighborhood. It was a truly inspiring act of kindness to see someone with so little, sacrifice for those who have nothing. This is the foundation and sustainability of REBUILD globally.
Our next challenge is to sell all of the beautiful, handmade sandals coming from our workshop! Support us by visiting our online store and purchasing your pair of REBUILDers today! As always, you can stay up to date on our efforts by following us on facebook and youtube!
The REBUILD team