Trade Tools for Entrepreneurs in Haiti

by A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)
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ASAP has just signed an agreement with Salesian Missions to supply tool kits for their Vocational School graduates around the world. This is an important part of our plan because ASAP wants to avoid duplicating infrastructure in each country. The Salesians have requested that we start with Haiti and so that will be our initial focus instead of Nicaragua. We will do Nicaragua at a later date. In the US, donated tools will be refurbished, if needed, by volunteers, then made into tool kits and sent to Haiti for these needy artisans.

Entrepreneurs and artisans in Haiti will go from poverty to productive community members because of your support for ASAP’s Tools for Empowerment project.  Thanks to the agreement with Salisian’s Missions, these Haitian artisans will be trained in their chosen skill and receive their tool kit upon graduation.  Unable to buy the tools needed for employment or entrepreneurship, an ASAP tool kit makes a life-changing difference.

Vocational Skills training has been identified as the best way to give unemployed youth hope for the future and help families rise out of poverty. But skills without the tools to put that learning into practice are useless. Poor quality Chinese tools are usually what is available in most developing countries. But even these are out of the reach of most young artisans after learning their trade skills.

In partnership with the Salesian Vocational Training Center near Port-au-Prince Haiti, ASAP’s Tools for Empowerment project will provide the tools needed by graduating entrepreneurs and artisans to practice their new craft. This changes everything for them and their families by empowering them to not only survive but to thrive. 

Providing the tools to help new graduates put vocational skills to use to generate income is critical in a country where there is little hope of finding formal employment. If there were any jobs, only with tools would someone be considered.  And an entrepreneur will be able to prosper with their own tools of the trade. These tool kits will provide hope for the future where currently they have none.  As artisans improve their skills and confidence and acquire more customers, ASAP’s Tools for Empowerment will help create future jobs.

"Acquiring a few simple tools can be a life changing event for someone working to eke out an existence for their family.”

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Thanks to your support we are getting closer to our first tool kit shipment.  So far we have $3,141 donated and once we have reached $10,000 we will secure a small workspace to collect and sort tool kits.  At that time we will then begin to recruit volunteers to help prepare the kits for shipment. Our current plan is to work through training centers in Nicaragua and provide tool kits as requested for their needy graduates.

Many young people have managed to acquire skills from local training centers but have no way of using those skills because they cannot afford to buy tools.  We at ASAP believe providing a simple but quality tool kit will change the lives of an entire family..  Usually one person is the provider for a family. That tool kit enables a son or daughter to generate income using those skills.  The family will then have money for food, clothing and schooling for the youngsters. 

ASAP is developing this project to be similar to ‘Tools For Self Reliance’ in the UK.  The difference would be that ASAP’s tools would go to Central America and the Caribbean where their tools go to Africa.  They found it impractical to ship to this area from England and thought a new project set up from the US would make more sense.

The one thing that needs to be made clear is that this is not Save the Tools.  Yes, tools will be refurbished but they will be the means to the end.  In fact, some tools will be brand new.  But the reason for the project is to give people a chance to change their lives.  A person with skills requires the tools to make use of those skills.  These tools will enable an already skilled artisan to use his or her skills to support a family.  One goes from unemployed to self-employed.  

Thank you for your previous support for ASAP’s Vocational Training Project in Zimbabwe. All funds previously received were used for the Vocational Training in Zimbabwe.  However, as previously mentioned, the current situation on the ground is very tenuous right now with presidential elections on the horizon.  It is and will become very difficult to operate and as a precaution, ASAP has retired this project and will re-focus on our vocational project in Nicaragua.

ASAP's new project, Tools for Self Help, will provide volunteer refurbished tool kits to young farmers and artisans in Nicaragua and other Central American countries. We are just now developing the project and looking for a small warehouse to get started.  A simple tool kit can make a life changing difference for someone who has learned the skills but cannot afford to buy the tools to actually implement them.  We expect to be shipping two containers a month after one year.  Please consider helping us get this project off the ground with a generous investment in the start-up.

Thanks,

Tom

Thank you for your support for ASAP’s Vocational Training Project.  As some of you know, the political situation in Zimbabwe is very tenuous right now with presidential elections on the horizon.  Organizations like ASAP, working to help families survive in the rural areas are being harassed.  During the 2008 election all organizations were forced to close and meetings of more than 3 people were not allowed. <http://www.sokwanele.com/map/electionviolence> 

The situation in 2012 is again unpredictable and as a precaution, ASAP will change its approach on the ground and only focus on school fees to keep girls in school.  These project funds will therefore be redirected to support ASAP’s School Fees for Girls Project. Your understanding and support to help children during this time of great need in Zimbabwe is greatly appreciated.  

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A Self-Help Assistance Program (ASAP)

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

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