From right: Jolina, Jean Robert, and Mami Ann
This Fall is bringing exciting changes to REBUILD globally! Due to RG’s continuing success and the vital support of our donors and advocates, we have been able to expand our in-country leadership team. Please join us in welcoming new Country Director Sarah Sandsted, Deke Bowman RG’s Workforce Development Coordinator, Jolina Auguste our amazing Shop Supervisor, and Jean Robert Pluviose who is excelling as REBUILD’s Quality Control Manager.
Because of their dedication, hard work, and commitment to excellence Jolina and Jean Robert were each recently promoted from REBUILD globally Artisans to these exciting and valuable management positions.
Before starting with REBUILD, Jolina struggled to keep her family together in a water-logged tent after their home was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. Now, thanks to her intelligence, natural leadership ability, and an opportunity provided by REBUILD globally Jolina has bought her own land, built a safe home for her beautiful family, and puts her and her sister’s children in school. Jolina’s steady wages also allow her to give back to her community. As the President of the Women’s Group of Tabarre, she joined together with other female leaders in her area to open and maintain an orphanage that cares for vulnerable children.
Jean Robert was an electronics salesman before the earthquake, but after that terrible tragedy he found little opportunity to support himself and his loved ones. Jean Robert first came to REBUILD as a volunteer—wanting to cultivate a new skill even if it meant he wouldn’t get a paycheck. Now Jean Robert is fully employed and not only is he able to meet his basic needs, he is able to invest in his education: he is currently attending seminary school and plans to be a minister and provide support to his community.
By investing in REBUILD globally, you invest in wonderful and capable human beings like Jolina and Jean Robert. Dignified, living-wage, and environmentally-sustainable employment leads to better lives, stronger families, and more stable communities. At REBUILD globally, we feel honored to work with such amazing individuals, and as always, we thank you for your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you.
Learn more about Jolina, Jean Robert, and the other members of the REBUILD globally team by following us on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter. Join the REBUILD movement by purchasing your own pair or recycled tire sandals at Ron Jon Surf Shop in Coco Beach, McKevlin’s Surf Shop in Folly Beach, or at our online store.
Strong female leaders: Jolina & Sarah
Jolina looking radiant in the supply room.