This year has brought about several amazing opportunities for our organization and the people of Haiti!
After being awarded a quick impact grant from the United Nations mission in Haiti, we have hired on NINETEEN more artisans to our group! This means that we now have thirty-two Haitian mom’s and dad’s working with us! Earning a living wage allows for each of our artisans to sustain their family’s basic needs. After tropical storm Isaac, we focused on the well being of our newest artisans, who were very vulnerable to the storm. Sadly, three of the newest members of our team lost their homes to the storm. Without being able to turn to REBUILD and their living wage employment jobs, the situation could have been even more dire than what has already suffered.
Many of our employees are mothers and fathers, and by having this job with REBUILD globally, they are able to support their children better. Keeping them off of the streets and getting them into school and providing them food and housing. By having the ability to put their children in school, they are beginning to break the cycle of poverty that has inhabited Haiti for so long.
With the new talented workforce in our workshop, we now have an increased amount of production! Our beautifully handcrafted REBUILDER sandals are now being made more than ever before. To keep up with the amount of product, we have begun shipping and selling our sandals wholesale! We’re hoping the sandals will reach many shops across the world.
What’s really great about this is that the more sandals we sell, the longer we can keep these individuals employed and be able to hire on more people. What we need now in terms of support are funds for the materials to make the sandals and costs to keep our workshop up and running.
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