OUR FOUNDATION: GIVING WORKERS ACCESS TO SOCIAL PROGRAMS

The heart of Share Hope is its business, through which we strive to reduce poverty by creating decent jobs. But we know that even if we create hundreds of jobs that allow people to provide for themselves and their families, gaps in basic services will remain. People will still lack access to key health services, still have only basic literally skills, still struggle to provide adequate sanitation facilities for their families.

So through the Share Hope Foundation, we’ve asked the workers in the sector what they want and need, rather than assuming that we know. Based on that, we’ve started running a number of social programs in the industrial parks to meet these needs.

Working in the Haitian garment sector, where tens of thousands of men and women work in industrial parks, we know we have a unique and unprecedented opportunity to reach huge numbers of people. We started small, but our programs are already having an impact!

OUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS

HERHEALTH HAITI

 

In February 2014, Share Hope partnered with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and the Levi Strauss Foundation to launch a program called HERhealth in Haiti. HERhealth is a health education program developed by BSR to train garment factory workers on key health issues. The HERhealth program is currently being implemented 13 countries in addition to Haiti. During the 12-18 month duration of a HERhealth training, 7 health training modules are determined by a baseline health needs assessment conducted in the factories. In Haiti, these modules include personal hygiene, nutrition, waterborne diseases, HIV/AIDS, family planning, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and waste management. Together with factory management, training schedules are designed to make it possible for workers to participate in the program during the work day. What makes the HERhealth program so powerful, effective and sustainable, is that it is based on peer-to-peer training, creating a snowball effect. We’ve already trained over 200 workers, who have trained over 6,000 of their peers. To find out more about the model, click here.

FACTORY CLINIC IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

 

In order to strengthen the health services provided within the factories, Share Hope is working with the factory management and health staff to improve the functionality of their clinics. We’ve designed a factory clinic improvement program to improve the functionality of the clinics. This program is being already being implemented in 9 factories that employ over 11,000 workers and 40 nurses combined. In partnership with Better Work Haiti, the program aims to:

  • Establish standard operating procedures
  • Train nurses
  • Raise owner awareness on the clinic practices and trends within their factory and the sector
  • Collect data on worker health

Read Better Work’s feature of our factory clinic improvement program here!

HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAM

 

In 2015, Share Hope launched its High School Completion Program. 40 students each year attend classes every day after work to help prepare them for the national high school-leaving exam. This rigorous and demanding program seeks not only to help students who have been out of school for anywhere from a year to a decade get their high school degree, but it also aims to empower students, develop their self-confidence, and encourage them to think critically. Our slogan is “Finish What You Started”, because we believe that by reaching goals we never believed we could reach, we are able to take pride in ourselves, our work, and our achievements.

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING WORKERS' PROGRAM

 

Haiti has a significant deaf and hard of hearing community. Share Hope is committed to providing equal access to these workers, and we’re providing a number of programs for them:

  • Through an interpreter, we trained two deaf peer health educators to teach the health curriculum to 45 of their hard of hearing colleagues.
  • In 2014, we partnered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide 67 workers with custom hearing aid devices.
  • For those workers who received the hearing aid devices, we’re launching a speech language pathology treatment program to foster the progress in speech the workers have experienced on their own.
  • Share Hope runs a literacy class that is available to all deaf and hard of hearing workers in the Haitian garment sector.

SANITATION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT

 

75% of the Haitian population lacks access to safe sanitation, including many workers in the garment sector. Share Hope has partnered with an NGO called SOIL Haiti to provide workers with a low-cost dry toilet service. Share Hope also provides training to workers on waste management. Through SOIL’s household toilet social business pilot, customers pay a small monthly fee for a locally-made dry toilet in their home, which is serviced by SOIL each week. The waste is then treated in the country’s first waste treatment facility, built by SOIL, and transformed into rich soil to be used to stimulate the country’s agriculture. Share Hope is therefore acting as an intermediary between SOIL and potential customers working in the industrial parks. We have integrated a waste management module into our HERhealth program, which aims to educate workers about the importance of good waste management practices and the benefits of having a dry toilet.

OUR SOCIAL PROGRAMS

HERHEALTH HAITI

 

In February 2014, Share Hope partnered with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and the Levi Strauss Foundation to launch a program called HERhealth in Haiti. HERhealth is a health education program developed by BSR to train garment factory workers on key health issues. The HERhealth program is currently being implemented 13 countries in addition to Haiti. During the 12-18 month duration of a HERhealth training, 7 health training modules are determined by a baseline health needs assessment conducted in the factories. In Haiti, these modules include personal hygiene, nutrition, waterborne diseases, HIV/AIDS, family planning, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and waste management. Together with factory management, training schedules are designed to make it possible for workers to participate in the program during the work day. What makes the HERhealth program so powerful, effective and sustainable, is that it is based on peer-to-peer training, creating a snowball effect. We’ve already trained over 200 workers, who have trained over 6,000 of their peers. To find out more about the model, click here.

FACTORY CLINIC IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

 

In order to strengthen the health services provided within the factories, Share Hope is working with the factory management and health staff to improve the functionality of their clinics. We’ve designed a factory clinic improvement program to improve the functionality of the clinics. This program is being already being implemented in 9 factories that employ over 11,000 workers and 40 nurses combined.In partnership with Better Work Haiti, the program aims to:

  • Establish standard operating procedures
  • Train nurses
  • Raise owner awareness on the clinic practices and trends within their factory and the sector
  • Collect data on worker health

HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAM

 

In 2015, Share Hope launched its High School Completion Program. 40 students each year attend classes every day after work to help prepare them for the national high school-leaving exam. This rigorous and demanding program seeks not only to help students who have been out of school for anywhere from a year to a decade get their high school degree, but it also aims to empower students, develop their self-confidence, and encourage them to think critically. Our slogan is “Finish What You Started”, because we believe that by reaching goals we never believed we could reach, we are able to take pride in ourselves, our work, and our achievements.

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING WORKERS' PROGRAM

 

Haiti has a significant deaf and hard of hearing community. Share Hope is committed to providing equal access to these workers, and we’re providing a number of programs for them:

  • Through an interpreter, we trained two deaf peer health educators to teach the health curriculum to 45 of their hard of hearing colleagues.
  • In 2014, we partnered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide 67 workers with custom hearing aid devices.
  • For those workers who received the hearing aid devices, we’re launching a speech language pathology treatment program to foster the progress in speech the workers have experienced on their own.
  • Share Hope runs a literacy class that is available to all deaf and hard of hearing workers in the Haitian garment sector.

SANITATION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT

 

75% of the Haitian population lacks access to safe sanitation, including many workers in the garment sector. Share Hope has partnered with an NGO called SOIL Haiti to provide workers with a low-cost dry toilet service. Share Hope also provides training to workers on waste management. Through SOIL’s household toilet social business pilot, customers pay a small monthly fee for a locally-made dry toilet in their home, which is serviced by SOIL each week. The waste is then treated in the country’s first waste treatment facility, built by SOIL, and transformed into rich soil to be used to stimulate the country’s agriculture. Share Hope is therefore acting as an intermediary between SOIL and potential customers working in the industrial parks. We have integrated a waste management module into our HERhealth program, which aims to educate workers about the importance of good waste management practices and the benefits of having a dry toilet.

HOW ARE WE FUNDED?

What makes our business Share Hope, Inc. unique is that we believe that our profits do not belong to us, nor to any shareholders (we actually have none!). We believe that all of the money we make belongs to the men and women who work so hard to make our clothes. So 100% of our business’ profits go towards funding the Share Hope Foundation and the social programs it implements.

But we believe that workers should be able to benefit from our social programs no matter what happens. So we do fundraise and accept donations in order to ensure that regardless of any ups and downs in the garment industry, workers continue to have access to programs that constantly improve and better address their needs.

OUR PARTNERS

Better Work is an innovative partnership programme between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Operational since 2009, the programme aims to improve both compliance with labour standards and competitiveness in global supply chains.

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is a global nonprofit business network who believes that the role of business is to create and deliver products and services in a way that treats people fairly and encourages market and policy frameworks that enable a sustainable future. BSR created the HERhealth project in 2007, which Share Hope Foundation implements in Haiti.

The Levi Strauss Foundation drives pioneering social change by funding community programs that advance justice and provide opportunities for disadvantaged people, especially those impacted by the garment industry. The Levi Strauss Foundation is one of the key sponsors of the BSR HERproject.

Li & Fung is a leading consumer goods design, development, sourcing, and logistics company serving major retailers and brands aruond the world. Li & Fung (1906) Foundation Limited is one of the brand sponsors for Share Hope HERhealth Haiti program.

Fishman & Tobin is a family owned business with operations worldwide, manufacturing fine children’s apparel. This brand is one of the brand sponsors for Share Hope HERhealth Haiti program.

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