Visionary & Founder
A Message From Julie
August 14, 2010, is a day I will never forget. Only 7 months after the unforgiving earthquake that claimed countless lives and left millions homeless and jobless. This is the day, however, we opened the REBUILD globally training center and workshop. This is the day that marks the beginning of the bravery of our Haitian craftsmen and women, Board of Directors, international and local volunteers and many friends and family. This is the day the people of REBUILD globally took the plunge to turn found objects into fashion and the impoverished into entrepreneurs.
“Integrity” is the word that rang in my head every moment after the earthquake. How can REBUILD globally make a significant and long term positive change in Haiti after all it had suffered? I decided to listen to those who were most affected and to act with integrity no matter how scared or complicated the situation became. People asked for jobs….simple as that. We worked hand in hand in order to create a system that would provide dignified living-wages and livelihood opportunities. On that day, August 14, 2010, that was all we could conceive: four people, four lives.
Nearly six years later, I am honored to say we have over 25 full time craftsmen and women, 3 of whom are managers and who also have ownership in the local business we have created, deux mains designs. We also employ 6 part-time tutors and teachers who work with our 30 vulnerable students in the Elèv Program.
REBUILD globally was born is a disaster, but it has thrived in its wake as a result of the compassion each individual donor and customer has shown throughout the years. Thank you for being a thoughtful buyer, conscious giver and educated global citizen. It is people like you who inspire others to be the best they can be when situations seem dire and hopeless.
Thank you for choosing to walk a mile in our sandals.
Julie Colombino is the Founder and CEO of REBUILD globally, a social venture with an innovative business model fighting poverty in Haiti. Since its inception, she has been a champion for impact-oriented business that are leading social change. From their global headquarters in Orlando, REBUILD globally has been making an impact in Haiti through education and job training, while developing a Haitian owned and operated business and fashion brand, deux mains designs.
Under Colombino’s leadership, the past six years has been a dramatic evolution from earthquake recovery to a sustainable business that was quickly propelled into the world of ethical fashion. REBUILD globally has created partnerships with The United Nations, Kenneth Cole, supermodel Heide Lindgren and Ron Jon’s Surf Shop.
Julie and her team frequently speak at conferences, schools, and other events about REBUILD globally’s innovative approach to poverty alleviation in Haiti and lessons learned throughout their journey in working for a social enterprise. If you would to invite Julie to speak at your event shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!