APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
Soles4Soles' partner, Assist International, has 20 years of experience in creating sustainable communities centered around medical projects, affordable housing, free education, free occupational training and unique micro-enterprise solutions. Assist has experienced great success in finding partners to provide Medical equipment and training (GE Medical & Stanford University Hospital are two primary partners). Assist has requested that Soles4Souls act as its OUTREACH partner in the footwear and apparel industries.
Soles4Souls and its partners will hire Haitians to build homes in Port-au-Prince and L?og?ne using available materials, such as cinder blocks and excess shipping containers. These homes will provide safe housing for children and their parents. Each 3-bedroom home is limited to 8 children and two parents. Soles4Souls will work with Assist International and its Haitian field staff to ensure compliance in the construction and the nomination of people chosen for the homes. Each family may live in a home for no longer than 4 years. This timeline is established so the family may save enough money to buy their own residences without growing dependent on free housing. Assist International, has proven this method successful in Uganda and Romania. Soles4Souls is also leveraging its relationships inside the footwear/apparel industries to provide 'total relief packages' to at least 7,000 Haitians; this includes food, water, education and occupational training programs. Some individuals may only receive one or two elements, depending on their level of need and the aid available. Soles4Souls is offering sponsorship opportunities to U.S.-based corporations, foundations and individuals for specific causes, such as building homes, constructing schools, sponsoring small businesses or moving elements of its own business to Haiti. Proceeds of these sponsorships will help Soles4Souls construct 500 homes. Soles4Souls will provide donated footwear (both new and gently worn), new clothing and other necessities to help develop communities built around micro-enterprise opportunities. These opportunities include direct job training from U.S.-based executives (who travel to Haiti to give small group workshops on business practices), or equipment and source textiles to be used in opening or sustaining communities to provide the necessities of life for their families.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
IMPLEMENTATION via our Partner, Assist International
Assist International has retained several prominent Haitians to serve as Haitian Field Officers and oversee several phases of this project, including: construction of the Soles4Souls Community; nomination of families to live in the community; and, advice on retaining local aid groups, education consultants, spiritual advisors and civic leaders. These prominent Haitians are serving as our Board of Directors for Haitian Development (BDHD). Currently, these members are Shermand Balch, Pastors Vilio and Jean Claude of the L?og?ne area, John Chew, Kelly Fluery, and the Mayor of Gressier, and several others. The BDHD is also responsible for proper implementation and advice on distribution of the Total Relief Packages and have committed to weekly progress updates on the school and housing construction, updates on all personnel working on the projects, the names and numbers of all individuals nominated and staying in the villages, the numbers and ages of children attending school, and the submissions for cash grants for local businesses.
On the 1st of each month, the BDHD will convene to review the progress of the housing and education construction, review applications for Haitians who want to stay in the Soles4Souls Community, sort applications for cash grants for local businesses and will work together to offer recommendations to Soles4Souls and Assist International on approvals for housing, education and micro-enterprise opportunities. Assist International and Soles4Souls will respond with approvals based on cash raised during that month and the BDHD will take action as funding allows.
Objective 1. Bring Corporate/Foundation/Indiv Sponsorships to Pay for Housing & Education Facilities
Assist International has purchased 7.5 acres of land near Port-au-Prince on which to build the first Soles4Souls Children's Housing & Education Community. Assist has also contracted local labor firms to design, construct and maintain these buildings for the life of the project. Soles4Souls is tasked with finding sponsorship dollars to help defray the cost for Assist International's investment.
Objective 2. Raise Funds for Small Business Grants in Haiti
Assist International and Soles4Souls will give cash grants to Haitian individuals who are committed to creating local businesses. AI and S4S are currently limiting the grants to these specific business types: Shoe Stores (including Repair); Block (Clay, Cement and Cinder) Making; Sewing; Soap Shop; Metal Fabrication; Bicycle Repair; Bakery; Computer Repair & Graphic Design; Tourism; and NGO Field Officer/Translation.
TIMELINE & MILESTONES:
October 12, 2010, both Soles4Souls and Assist International will begin marketing 'Project Footprints' to corporations, foundations and individuals to achieve their Objectives.
January 12, 2011: One Year Anniversary of the earthquake will be marked with the First Haitian Marathon, featuring 50 high-profile athletes from around the world and 5 Haitian runners. Corporations and individuals may sponsor each runner to help build the first Community's school. The school begins construction.
June 1, 2011: First of twelve homes are completed.
August 1, 2011: First school is completed.
December 31, 2011: All twelve homes in first community are completed.
July 1, 2012: 36 total homes are constructed. 10 businesses are created from cash grants.
July 1, 2013: 100 homes are constructed. 30 businesses are created from cash grants.
July 1, 2014: 500 homes are constructed. 150 businesses are created from cash grants.
December 1, 2010: Soles4Souls and Assist International plan to have 25 US-based corporations offering support. First meeting of the BDHD to take place in Port-au-Prince with representatives from both Soles4Souls and Assist International present (meetings will be monthly).
On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake, killing over 200,000 people and leaving millions more homeless (USAID). As of July 7, 2010, the Red Cross estimated 1.1 million people are living in tent cities. These tent cities are extremely susceptible to adverse weather, gang activity and a general lack of opportunity to escape extremely difficult living conditions. These residents lack clean water, food, shoes and clothing, economic opportunities and safe housing, and access to medical care is sporadic.