2020 Year-end Campaign Launched
The Together Campaign has officially launched! Between now and the end of the year, we will be sharing some of the aspects of how when we work united, Together, great things can be accomplished in our own hearts and lives as well as those around the world. Together we struggle. Together we hope, and Together we will overcome. We hope you will join us!
Auto Maintenance & Repair Facility
Extollo was awarded a grant from Christian Brother's Automotive Foundation for the purchase of automotive repair and maintenance tools and equipment for our forthcoming Auto Maintenance and Repair Facility. We will be purchasing a large portion of the equipment between now and the end of the year. We are now recruiting for a US-trained mechanic to help set up the Auto Facility and assist with building out an auto care training program.
On October 24 we hosted an informational alumni meeting. Thirty-four graduates showed up and three others came because they heard about the meeting. Three of the alumni were women. There was good discussion about the purpose and goals of the Alumni Association with thirty-four of the 37 expressing interest in joining the Association. It was agreed that an annual fee of 1,000 HTG (About $10US) was a fair cost and thirty-four alumni signed the agreement. This association will meet quarterly and our goal is to help these graduates find employment through greater connections with the association.
In October, we held a graduation for a Level 1 Welding class for 9 students and also completed a Level 1 Masonry class for 13 students. These classes are being taught 100% by our Haitian professors and we couldn't be prouder of them! An updated curriculum is being implemented to bring even higher standards with objective testing in written exams, practical work, and evaluations.
After the earthquake in 2010, billions of dollars in aid flooded into Haiti. Many times, we find ourselves asking, "Where did that money go?"
Shelley Jean, President and Founder of Papillon in Haiti writes a blog explaining this very question. For the full blog, click here.
She ends the blog this way:
"For a country like Haiti, and those of us wanting to help, unless we turn the corner from aid to development, from charity to empowerment, from orphanages to jobs, from hand-outs to education, we will never see the end of the bottomless pit of dependence and need for charity that continues to pour into the country only to leave the rest of the world wondering….Where did all the money go?
They were hungry. That’s where the money went. They needed to send their kids to school. The teachers needed to be paid. They needed to go to the doctor. Their child needed shoes.
They weren’t using drugs.
They weren’t spending their money on partying.
They weren’t binge shopping at the mall that doesn’t exist in Haiti.
They were simply trying to live.
And that is where the money went.
Port Au Prince is a city of over a million people with over 2.5 million in the greater area. Imagine the dollar amount it requires to keep just that many people’s basic needs met. Sure, much of it was probably squandered and misused, but the money that went into the hands of Haitian families was used up. And they are still in need. Until they become independent.
So, how to stop the cycle? How do we become a part of the lasting solution in places like Haiti and others in extreme poverty? How do we truly help?
When you give, be sure that the organizations managing your money have sustainable development and education as part of their mission.
Invest your donation into jobs, training, awareness and empowerment. And of course, buy things made in Haiti and other struggling countries of the world.
And after that pray for Haiti and for justice for the poor."
MEET BERTHA PLAISANCE
Bertha Plaisance has been with her husband, Genosier Merilus for two years. For many years, she has helped Genosier run a welding shop located in Bercy. Genosier decided to enroll in the July 2020 welding course "in order to certify and improve his welding skills." After he passed the class and graduated, he encouraged his wife, who is also his business partner, to also take a welding class with Extollo.
Bertha completed the course and obtained a Certificate of Participation. Extollo Instructors believe that the training she received will help her improve in her profession and definitely make her a better asset for the family’s welding shop.
Bertha has one child, the baby girl seen in the photo of the graduation.
Extollo wishes the best and success to the couple in their initiative!
SHOP WITH PURPOSE
What is AmazonSmile?
This holiday season, many of our purchases will be made online. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Extollo International.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.
Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Choose to donate to Extollo International, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.