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How can a t-shirt Change the life of someone living in haiti?

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.”   – Luke 12:48 NIV

Each year, thousands of people travel to aid in humanitarian efforts happening in Haiti. Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere and is currently ranked the 17th poorest nation in the world. Many different causes contribute to the plight of this tiny country. Natural disasters have devastated the nation, while years of political unrest have prevented the development of the necessary infrastructures needed to rebuild. Through the aid of humanitarian trips to Haiti, communities are being rebuilt, but humanitarian trips alone will not be enough. How can the call to help extend beyond the mission trip?

With the average Haitian worker earning a mere $3/day to support an average family of 8, more needs to be done to provide a livable wage and rebuild the economy. The poverty crisis in the nation has led to a orphan epidemic in the country as parents are faced with no other choice but to surrender their children for whom they cannot afford to feed, clothe or provide any other basic needs. So how can we help families to stay together, and assist a country in rebuilding?

 

1st Place Printing is pleased to offer apparel that is manufactured in Haiti and made by Haitian employees who will receive a livable wage, one that is 3-4x more pay than the average pay rate for similar work in the area and can take care of the basic needs of a Haitian household. Employees earning livable wages is the start to rebuilding that country’s economy and witnessing less children becoming orphans.

In addition to the humanitarian benefits of this apparel, you will be making an eco-responsible choice as well.  These soft and durable shirts are made of a tri-blend material comprised of these components:

  • 25% U.S. organically grown Cotton: it takes 500-700 gallons of water to grow enough cotton for one 100% cotton t-shirt, this blend reduces water usage to only 100-200 gallons of water necessary per t-shirt
  • 50% Polyester: these polyester fibers are created from recycled plastic water bottles, and each t-shirt contains the equivalent of 6 plastic bottles
  • 25% Modal: an environmentally friendly alternative to rayon, modal is created using sustainably harvested wood pulp from beech trees that require no irrigation or replanting

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.” (Luke 12:48 NIV) We are called to take action and do good in the world. Through your purchases of apparel through 1st Place Printing, you are directly assisting in expanding the humanitarian efforts in Haiti and helping a family afford their basic needs, while also decreasing your environmental impact. So let’s do good, together.

 

Meet the people who make your shirts

Du Kenson Archil
Du Kenson Archil | AGE – 24 Pleaisane, nippes Haiti

I was 21 when my uncle approached me about an opportunity to learn a new profession.  Du Kenson wanted to be a mechanic but couldn’t get access to live on campus so he stayed with his aunt to take classes. After 6 months of school he felt like more opportunities would open if he went to industrial industries to work with machines cutting fabric.  He completed a 2 year program between 2015 and 2017 and graduated August 2017.  He then started with transition academy straight into life.

 

Widline Pierr
Widline Pierre | AGE – 22
Aux Cayes

“An Independant Women” In Haiti, when girls age out of the orphan system at the age of 18 they typically find work for little to no wages as ‘maids’ and end up having children at a young age. With income insufficient to meet basic living standards, this often continues the cycle of poverty orphans. Madeline found a different path by continuing her education at the GO Transition Academy that prepared her for adulthood and work at LIFE, a living wage apparel company in Haiti where Allmade garments are cut and sewn. With the money  she earns, she’s able to live on her own and financially support her family and relatives. Widline is very proud of working hard, earning a good income, and building a life as a young, independent woman in Haiti.

“We are called to take action and do good in the world. Through your purchases of apparel with 1st Place Printing, you are directly assisting in expanding the humanitarian efforts in Haiti and helping a family afford their basic needs, while also decreasing your environmental impact.
So let’s do good, together.

Myra Bufka, Owner

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