The REBUILD globallly (RG) workshop and training center provides much more than jobs to women in Port-au-Prince. The impact of our social enterprise runs much deeper. By focusing on sustainability through living-wage employment, RG is also able to to look at our future workforce and support the youth in our community by offering academic scholarships through our Apprenticeship Program.
Djenica came to RG with a set of circumstances that set her apart from other Apprentices. At only 14 years old, Djenica works as a live-in cook and servant for an elderly woman in Port-au-Prince. Born one of 12 children in the Haiti’s rural countryside, Djenica’s poverty-stricken parents essentially sold her to help support themselves and their other children. She has not seen her parents or her siblings since 2010. Unfortunately, children and young adults with situations like Djenica’s are all too common in Port-au-Prince.
Since becoming a RG Apprentice this fall Djenica has blossomed. Once shy and soft spoken, Djenica is now flourishing with the leadership and confidence building modules RG’s program provides. Only attending school sporadically her entire life, Djenica is currently in the first grade—and impressing our tutors with her quick problem solving and critical thinking skills! Because of the REBUILD Apprenticeship Program, not only is Djenica receiving a life-changing academic scholarship, future job training, and leadership classes, she is also receiving support and encouragement from Haitian and international role modules who care deeply about Djenica and believe in her ability to thrive and succeed.
With an education and the life skills that REBUILD is providing to Djenica, she has the opportunity to build a whole new life and when Djenica turns 18 years old, she is guarenteed a job at the RG workshop. She is an amazing and strong young woman who is persevering in the face of unbearable challenges. Djenica’s story is still in the making, but we know to expect big things from her.
We also know when we employ the mothers of children like Djenica, these stories can be different and lives can be different. We are so grateful for your support that gives children and families a chance to rewrite their stories. Thank you for helping us end poverty one job at a time and making an impact through education, one child at a time.
The RG family