Jolina gives shoeless boys new sandals
Dear Friend of REBUILD,
Recently, we have witnessed the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the people of Port-au-Prince. The amount of flooding in Haiti has killed 65 people, destroyed roads, and severely diminished crops and food supplies. Many vulnerable families are suffering even worse fates from this increased level of food scarcity, which REBUILD is continuing to combat through our living-wage employment program for moms.
Although our children battle a myriad of obstacles-whether it is food scarcity, natural disasters, or monetary depravation- they are able to stay strong because YOU are helping them. Your donations have: allowed mothers to have sustainable jobs, provided orphan boys and girls with sandals to walk safely on dirt roads, and put children in school rather than keep them on the street.
As we have learned throughout our years in Haiti, many children in orphanages do have parents, but due to continued hardships, parents sometimes find themselves unable to provide the most basic of needs for their children. These children are placed in orphanages by their parents and, when they reach adolescence, are forced to vulnerably occupy the streets. By providing these children with the simple commodity of sandals, we are able to help eradicate possible sicknesses. One example being worms, obtained from walking barefoot.
The importance of our mission, however, begins with the individual, and expands to encompass Haiti itself. We have developed REBUILD to halt the problem before it begins: by employing the mothers of Port-au-Prince. These mothers use tires to make the very sandals we are providing these orphaned children with. With this vision, we are able to keep families together and provide a cyclic, self-sustaining economy in Haiti. This is all possible because of YOU.
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 Globally Team
James and his mom: Both employed by RG!
The effects of Hurricane Sandy