Trade Tools for Entrepreneurs in Haiti

by A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

It is always exciting when a new container ships out to empower vocational graduates with the tools for success. Due to the Hurricane damage in Haiti, the Salesian Missions requested that we do not ship to them. With all the Hurricane relief going into Haiti, it would be too time consuming and costly to ship to them right now. So they decided to ship this one to their vocational school in The Dominican Republic instead. The DR school administration was real happy with the tools and equipment they received.


The future of the Tools For Empowerment project includes shipping to Latin America and The Caribbean. We are planning the expansion of this project from local to Regional in its scope. This will enable us to ship more containers to more places.


Please support our work to empower youth and provide them with the tools for success!


Thank you for your previous support. Now here is a great chance for you to help with the Hurricane Matthew recovery in Haiti. Do something tangible! They need tools for carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing metalwork, and auto mechanics. And don’t worry; we know where the tools go! ‘Tools For Empowerment’ (TFE) volunteers refurbish and pack the donated tools from our community and send them directly to Salesian Missions Vocational Schools in Haiti.

With all the concerns about corruption within Haiti as well as with some of the big NGOs, people are asking, “I want to help but where does my donation really go”? We know our program works and gets the badly needed tools to exactly the right people. So your donation goes a long way to help TFE continue to change lives in a practical way! And the best thing is these trade tools will give Haitians the ability to rebuild the hurricane damage themselves. Isn’t that what sustainable development is about?

Please donate generously and feel good that your donation is truly changing lives. Thank you.

TFE Volunteers
TFE Volunteers

Young vocational graduates will soon have a set of tools to empower them to earn a living. Their families will have the income to eat better and improve their lifestyle.

Graduating students are excited because they know Tools For Empowerment will soon ship a container of tools to Haiti, for them. We have had volunteers cleaning and packing tools regularly. We have already loaded and wrapped 4 pallets so things are progressing nicely.  

When sending handsaws, we clean and sharpen them so they work like new. Tools For Empowerment was able to purchase the only old saw-sharpening machine available. It’s actually a set of three machines – one that cuts new teeth, one that sets the teeth properly and one that sharpens the saw. It does a much nicer job than hand sharpening and the new saw owners are very happy with them.

Sending trade tools may not be a very “sexy” project but it’s a very practical approach to improving the lives of families in developing countries. Please be generous in your donation and help change lives with the tools for success.

Bill Gates recently said that recycling is often an excessive use of resources for the end result. Here at Tools For Empowerment we clean tools for re-use not recycle, which is an effective and low resource use process. Volunteers clean and pack tools that really do change lives in Haiti. They become the means of generating income and that income is has a huge effect on the livelihoods of the families involved.

 But Tools For Empowerment is not just about helping needy families in Haiti. Here in Georgia, as volunteers, both young and old, prepare tools for shipment, there is another aspect to this process. These volunteers also learn about true poverty and how their work really makes a difference. The high school volunteers also earn community service credits as a part of their education.

 Please be assured that your contribution is an integral and important part of the work of A Self-help Assistance Program and our Tools For Empowerment program. Thank you for your past support and please consider another donation to help us change lives, one at a time.

Thanks again,

Tom A

Church of Christ Youth Volunteers
Church of Christ Youth Volunteers

Thanks to you, we have had a successful year-end and raised over $11,000 for Tools For Empowerment. Donated tools are still coming in and we already have enough tools for another container shipment to Haiti. Youth groups from the local churches have been excited to volunteer to clean and package tools to prepare them for shipment. They are not only helping to change the lives of youth in Haiti; they are also learning about real poverty and how fortunate they are to have so much.

 We really appreciate your support and interest in our work. As Saint John Bosco once said, “Without you I can do nothing.” This expression applies just as much right now! We need your continued support in order to continue our important work. Thank you again.



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A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

Location: Peachtree City, GA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Tom Arsenault
Peachtree City, GA United States

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