CEREAL BOXES – What started it all!
Did you know that one cereal box can make about 50 beads and create 11 JOBS IN HAITI?
Our classic cereal box bracelet creates jobs for :
- 1 person to sort the boxes by color
- 1 person to cut the boxes
- 1 person to roll the beads
- 1 person to coat with glue
- 1 person to varnish
- 1 person to take the beads off the sticks and sort by color
- 1 manager to quality control the process
- 1 jewelry maker to string the bracelet
- 1 manager to check the size
- 1 packer to pack and put in a box
- 1 driver to take it to the shipping company
We use over 400 cereal boxes per day, so we are in constant need of more! Here’s how you can help:
Collect colorful Cereal Boxes that are 10 to 13 inches tall (without flaps)
So, we’ve collected the boxes. Now how do we get them to Haiti?
We work with Rays of Hope to ship your cereal boxes to us.
Rays of Hope for Haiti is an extremely helpful organization. This sea container ministry allows those who wish to send contributions to Haiti to pay by cubic foot for anything they wish to send. Once a Sea Container is full, they put it on a ship to Haiti.
Part of their ministry is taking care of all of the customs and documentation needed. Normally, when you ship something to Haiti, the government requires the recipient to pay $1.50 per pound to receive it. For example, if you packed up 5 boxes that weigh over 130 pounds and sent it directly to the Apparent Project, it would cost us $200.00 to receive it! In the past we have paid $500 for coloring books and crayons we did not need, $100 for yarn we could not use, etc. With Rays of Hope for Haiti, the 5 boxes at 130 lbs are going to cost you $42.16 plus whatever your costs are to get the items to Grand Rapids from where you live. It will NOT cost anything for us to receive it.
We can not receive surprise donations that cost us money that we didn’t plan to spend, and we believe the cost for shipping will cause donors to think more critically about what they are sending and how to steward their donation resources most appropriately. In general, if we can buy things here in Haiti, then a financial donation towards supply needs makes for double the positive impact on Haiti’s economy. However, things that are not sold, such as your recycled cereal boxes, remain incredibly helpful.
The ONE box that creates 11 jobs can be turned into $40 worth of sales in bracelets for our artisans!