It is a busy and exciting time at Executives Without Borders and I wanted to share an update about how, with your support, we are delivering real results for people that need them most.
Our programs continue to be a model for how business can, and should, play a role in solving global challenges.
Haiti - Ramase Lajan
We created a network of NGOs, Haitian and US companies and foundations that are adding more value as a group than each would acting alone. Our combined jobs and plastic recycling program now has seven operating centers across Port-au-Prince, and ten more that are funded and will be deployed in the coming months.
These centers are providing needed employment and have so far removed over 168,000 pounds of plastic from the canals and streets and have generated over $16,000 of income for communities where the centers are located. This is an incredible economic benefit in a country in which the minimum wage is only $5 a day.
Click here to see my video from our newest Ramase Lajan center.
In the coming months we are deploying centers to other parts of Haiti thanks to the support of the Kellogg Foundation, NEGES Foundation, Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, Samaritan's Purse and ExecWB donors.
I am sure you have read the reports about the possible return of a cholera epidemic to Haiti so time is of the essence. Plastic recycling has a significant impact on how well the canal systems flow especially during the rainy season (Click here to see what happens to a canal when it rains) and together we can make flooding less likely in camps and communities where people are most vulnerable to infection. Donate here to help keep the canals clean.
Honduras - Central American Medical Outreach
Leveraging expertise from the Dow Chemical Company in the areas of logistics, business development and marketing, we were able to increase the amount of resources going towards CAMO's life-saving medical programs and improve awareness of their programs to a US audience.
We increased local capacity through training key Honduran staff members in business planning and financial analysis so they better manage their medical supplies and make effective budget decisions. The Dow team also helped CAMO with the billboard below as part of their continued efforts to increase the awareness of the great work CAMO does for those in need.
"I am incredibly grateful for the time and expertise The Dow Chemical Company has put into helping us share the CAMO story. Their work is extraordinary..."
- Kelsie Gerber, Marketing and Community Relations Manager, CAMO
With each project with CAMO, we build upon our previous success with them, and continue to build trust and understanding. Our belief is that only through long-term support and engagements can we drive long-term sustainable results. We are thankful for the opportunity to help them with their life-saving and transformational work.
Brazil - International Business Corps
Momentum continues to build on our programs supporting three of the top organizations in Rio de Janeiro. We spent the last few months getting clear on the needs of the non-profit organizations, scoping out projects to meet those needs and then aligning corporate resources to do the necessary work.
It took time to work through each company's process to pick projects, and identify corporate volunteers, but we now have multiple companies sharing resources and volunteers to support our NGO partners. Hewlett Packard is taking the lead on IT improvements for one organization and Amadeus and Dow Chemical are providing support to that HP lead. Amadeus identified 10 other volunteers from their offices to support programs and IBM agreed to take on an organizational data-sharing project.
We are already seeing results and expect great results in the coming months for our partner organizations serving in some of the poorest areas of Brazil.
Our work in Honduras shows what one company can do to make a sustained impact. Brazil is a model for cross-company collaboration, and Haiti shows how businesses can leverage their core expertise and operations to solve an environmental problem.
We have come a long way in our mission to engage the business community in solving global challenges but there is still so much work to do. We need your help and ask you to consider making a donation today. Please Click Here to Make a Donation.
Thanks for all your support and encouragement along this journey.
Our success is your success.
p.s. We moved our global HQ back to Boston and our new address is 281 Summer Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210