The Haiti Experience (January 2018)

Hey Allmade supporters!

It’s almost that time, and as we finalize this installment of the Allmade Haiti Experience, we would like to thank you for supporting us, and to those who are joining us on this round a special thank you for coming to see first hand what Allmade is about. A few things to help you in preparing your travel: If you haven’t secured your spot yet, and would like to; email us at contact@allmade.com.

  • Please book your flights to match the designated arrival and departure windows.
  • If you would like to bring supplies to donate we have a list of commonly helpful items to bring.
  • A passport is required if you are joining us for the The Haiti Experience.
  • There are medical precautions that all travelers will be advised about once confirmed.
  • Flights are not included in pricing and are self elected.

 Join US for the Haiti Experience

Itinerary

Sunday, January 7
Arrive at 9am on 7am flight from Miami to PAP, Ideally everyone gathers in Miami the prior day or flies in on a red eye.

9:00am – Arrival and possible staging at Servotel

11:00am – Visit Claude’s Orphanage; connect with kids and clean up grounds

4:00pm – Settle into accommodations for the week Prep for lunch activity at LIFE on Monday

6:00pm – Dinner and evening activities

 

Monday, January 8
Wake up early and enjoy a refreshing shower before we head out for the day.

8:00am – Following breakfast at Jumecourt, head to LIFE for a tour of the LIFE facility and connect with management and makers

12:00pm – Serve lunch to our team members at LIFE

1:00pm – Visit/tour Caribbean Craft and attend presentation on fashion Industry, Labor & Practices.

4:00pm – Return to Jumecourt for dinner and evening activities

 

Tuesday, January 9
A day of culture; learn about the rich history, its place in the abolition of slavery, the devastating earthquake, the rebuilding and perseverance.

9:00am – Visit the museum of history in Port-Au-Prince

12:00pm – Tour Papillon and enjoy lunch on the rooftop terrace

3:00pm – Visit Kezemel’s Orphanage; connect with kids and grab a bag of ginger cookies

6:00pm – Return to Jumecourt for dinner and Prestige

 

Wednesday, January 10
Bring your hiking boots; we’re going exploring (by foot)

6:00am – Head out of town early for a hike up the mountain. Goal: concur the mountains beyond the mountains “Dye mon, gen mon.”

1:00pm – We made it! Back on the bus for return to town!

5:00pm – Presentation: Environmental Impact of the Fashion industry

7:00pm – Potluck Dinner, Growing Allmade & Next Steps

 


Travel Guide

Arrival

  • When you get to Haiti customs ensure you have the following readily available on your person: Wallet, cash, passport, personal backpack/carryon luggage.
    • I highly recommend taking fresh photos of all your documentation and saving them on your phone in case something happens to your passport or ID!
  • You will receive a green form (immigration) and a white form (customs). Here are details:
  • You will be asked for “Address in Haiti.” Fill that in: “Jumecourt Guest House, Croix des Bouquets”
  • On the white form, there will be nothing to declare.
  • When we de-board, we will all go through immigration. Each person will have to pay $10 for an entry visa.
  • The immigration officer will take the green card, and tear off and give to you the bottom stub on the green card. Put that stub in your passport and hang on to it. You’ll need to give that stub to immigration when you depart.
  • Make sure to keep handy your sticker(s) for all checked bags. We will need the stickers when we exit.
  • For cash bring small bills.
  • After going through immigration, you will go downstairs to the baggage area.  There will be two bag carrousels, and it’ll be obvious which one is active / yours.
  • Attendants working down in that area will ask you (again and again) if you need help.  Just say, “No merci.”  Handle your own bags.  It’s the simplest way.
    • If you don’t see your bag on the carrousel, go to the area next to the carrousel that is roped off.  Airport employees often pull off bags and place them in that area, rather than have them go round and round.  They may be waiting for you there.
  • When all bags are collected, as a group we will head out through customs.  Each person will need his/her (1) white form, and (2) bag sticker for each checked bag.  The attendant will verify that your bag sticker matches your bag.  Then you’ll head out and the customs worker will take your white form.
  • When you go past that customs worker towards the outside of the airport, we will have our attendant there waiting for you with an “Allmade” sign.  Just look for him.  He will take you to our vehicle.

Cell Phone & Internet

  • There is decent cell phone coverage in haiti but it is expensive, ensure you have your international calling turned on by your provider.
  • If you don’t have data (some plans do)When you land I recommend turning OFF your data, this will allow you to receive text messages and phone calls but email/social/slack is all expensive to run when not on internet.
  • We will have internet during our stay and in the afternoons at Life.
  • If your phone has battery issues, bring extra battery packs and chargers with you for remote access.

During Your Stay

  • Home base will be Jumecourt Inn in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti.  Our other home base will be LIFE SA in Tabarre, Haiti.
  • Clothing: It’s going to be hot, bring shorts, light weight jeans, and t’s, also it is pretty dirty there so don’t bring any nice shoes as they will be getting very dirty.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle you can fill with clean water and use throughout the day.
  • Bring mosquito repellant, we will have extra of this as well.
  • We recommend bringing snacks.

Emergency Contacts

  • US Embassy +509 22 29 8000 – U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Phone

Maps (Download and print if needed)

Immunizations

  • Imunisations and pills – http://travelreadymd.com/which-travel-immunizations-do-you-need-for-haiti/
  • Hepatitis A– this nasty viral infection of the liver is often spread thru food or water.  This is strongly recommended for anyone traveling to Haiti. Full immunity requires 2 vaccines 6 months apart.  Don’t worry if you don’t have time to get both doses prior to travel, 90% of people are protected with the first vaccine.
  • Typhoid- is also spread through food and water. You know you don’t want high fevers, belly pain, and diarrhea so get protected.
  • Tdap or Tetanus – This is the tetanus shot with whooping cough built in.
  • Influenza– The Flu Shot
  • Malaria Pills
  • Malaria Prevention – We will have a lot of the repellents available so don’t worry about stocking up too much.

Repellents

 Join US for the Haiti Experience

The Allmade Experience (August 2017)

A note from the team

Hey Allmade supporters! It’s almost that time, and as we finalize this installment of the Allmade Experience, we would like to thank you for supporting us, and to those who are joining us on this round a special thank you for coming to see first hand what Allmade is about. A few things to help you in preparing your travel: If you haven’t secured your spot yet, and would like to; email us at info@allmade.com.

  • Please book your flights to match the designated arrival and departure windows
  • If you would like to bring supplies to donate we have a list of commonly helpful items to bring. Please Email info@allmade.com for a detailed list of items to bring
  • A passport is required if you are joining us for the The Haiti Experience
  • There are medical precautions that all travelers will be advised about once confirmed
  • Flights are not included in pricing and are self elected

Part 1: The Textile Experience

Come see the how the raw materials that are the base of our mantra “MAKE IT BETTER,” and comprise our soft, environmentally friendly, eco conscious shirts are made, and watch the evolution from bottles to fabric.

August 24-26 (Thur-Sat)

DAY 1 (24th) Thursday

*8/23 Early-Check in at the hotel is not included in pricing, each traveler is responsible for booking and expenses of early check in. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlotte Airport (704) 900-8100

  • Breakfast: Waffle House
    3309 Queen City Dr, Charlotte, NC 28208
  • Tour: Repreve (Unifi, Inc.) (BOTTLES – FIBERS)
  • Lunch: Provided by Unifi
  • Commute to Northern SC
    Gaffney, SC
  • Tour: Local Knitter (THREAD – FABRIC)
  • Hotel: Hampton Inn Gaffney SC

 

DAY 2 (25th) Friday

  • Breakfast: Cracker Barrel
  • Tour: Saati (Allmade Backer)
  • Commute to Southern SC
    SpunLab Graniteville, SC Facility
    418 Ascauga Lake Road
    Graniteville, SC 29829
    https://www.spunlab.com/
  • Tour: SpunLab (FIBERS – THREAD)
  • Commute to Northern SC
    Carolina Cotton Works
    14 Commerce Drive
    Meadow Creek Industrial Park
    Gaffney, SC 29340
    http://carolinacotton.com/
  • Lunch: Firehouse Subs
  • Tour: Carolina Cotton Works (FABRIC – SHIPMENT)
  • Commute to Airport Hotel
    Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlotte Airport
    108 Airport Commons Dr,
    Charlotte, NC 28208
    Transfer Airport Hotel
  • Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlotte Airport

 

DAY 3 (26th) Saturday TRANSFER DAY

  • Breakfast: Holiday Inn Express
  • Travel: Team Departs Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
  • 11:40 AM – 1:52 PM Charlotte (CLT) – Miami (MIA) American 2565
  • Travel: Team Departs Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • 3:34 PM – 5:39 PM Miami (MIA) – Port-au-Prince (PAP) American 971
  • Hotel: Jumecourt Inn
  • Dinner: Jumecourt Inn

Part 2: The Haiti Experience

Join us as we see a real side of Haitian life and meet some the wonderful people who are part the team that are making it better at the Life SA facility. We will be joined by our partners at The GOEX facility as we take a look at the more human element of our Allmade shirt.

DAY 4 (27th) Sunday

  • Breakfast: Jumecourt Inn
  • Visit: Orphanage # 1 TBA
  • Visit: Orphanage # 2 TBA
  • Lunch: Le Daily Cafe
  • Presentation: Status of Haiti – Joe Knittig
  • Dinner: Quartier Latin
  • Presentation: Why Allmade – Ryan Moor/Founders

 

DAY 5 (28th) Monday

  • Breakfast: Jumecourt Inn
  • Tour: Life S.A. (FABRIC – GARMENT)
  • Lunch: Breaking Bread with Allmade Team (Provided)
  • Tour: Papillon
  • Presentation: Allmade printing demo
  • Dinner: Papillon Restaurant

 

DAY 6 (29th) Tuesday

  • Breakfast: Jumecourt
  • Roadtrip: Beach Trip Moulin Sur Mer Beach Resort
  • Lunch: Moulin Sur Mer Beach Resort
  • Presentation: How to help Make It Better
  • Dinner: Servotel
  • Hotel: Servotel

 

DAY 7 (30th) Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Servotel
  • Travel: Team Departs Port-au-Prince International Airport (PAP)

Pricing:
“The Textile Experience”
$350.00
*Price does not include: flights; each traveler is responsible for booking their own, extra hotel expenses before designated arrival/departure days and times, taxi and uber costs to and from airports outside trip.

“The Haiti Experience”
$600.00
*Price does not include: flights; each traveler is responsible for booking their own, extra hotel expenses before designated arrival/departure days and times, taxi and uber costs to and from airports outside trip.

 

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change.

Join Us For A Trip Behind The T

Join Allmade founders, partners, Early Adopters, and Indiegogo backers on a behind-the-scenes trip to the American South and Haiti, where you will meet the people, tour the facilities, and experience the positive energy behind Allmade shirts.

You will walk the cotton fields of North Carolina, and see used plastic bottles transformed into polyester fibers at the Repreve factory. We’ll meet representatives of Carolina Cotton Works, who will show us how those fibers are spun into yarn, knitted into in fabric, and packaged up for shipping to Haiti.

Then we’ll ship ourselves to Haiti, gathering in Port Au Prince before we connect with the Global Orphan Project and go to their facility. Over the next couple days you’ll tour a couple of the orphanages supported by the GO Project, as well as the Life SA factory where Allmade fabric is actually sewn into Allmade shirts. We’ll stick around until the lunch whistle blows, and sit down with the factory workers to hear their stories over lunch.

Our visit to Haiti winds down with a bus tour and catered picnic in the beautiful Haitian countryside. Between trips and/or over beers, you’ll be educated and inspired by presentations from Allmade and GOEX executives, detailing the environmental and human impact of the garment industry and how you can help Make It Better.

There are so many stories behind the shirts we handle every day, and most of them never get told. Join us on this international adventure and hear those stories first hand, so you can better educate your customers and help create lasting change by generating demand in the market for shirt that’s made better.

For a detailed itinerary, pricing, and a packing list, please let us know you’re interested by submitting this form or emailing contact@allmade.com and we’ll get back to you right away.

Thanks to Our Backers!

Thanks to you, our generous backers, we’ve surpassed our funding goal of $100k and ordered the first production run of Allmade shirts from the GOEX facility in Haiti. In fact, the first batch of made-in-America, Allmade tri-blend fabric has arrived at the facility, and shirts are being sewn as this is posted.

It takes some time to sew 67,000 t-shirts though, so it’s looking like all the various t-shirt perks will ship towards the end of May or possibly early June. We will be sending an email to all our backers in the coming weeks to collect your preferences for size, cut, and color (where applicable).

The Screen Print Experience class and 20×24 Screen perks were fulfilled as they came in… if you haven’t been contacted about yours, please contact us and we will get back to you.

We’d like to extend an extra special thank you to our backers at the $8,000 level, each of which gave us an awesome name for an Allmade shirt color:
Tri-Blend Colors

Cotton Colors

 

The navy blue tri-blend and grey cotton shirts are still un-named. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of garment industry history!

We’re going to keep the campaign up and running here on Indiegogo, with the promise that every penny received here will go towards manufacturing more shirts. For the remainder of this year, we’re expecting all those shirts to go to our Early Adopters, who backed us at the $500 level and in return get early access to inventory as it becomes available.

If you’re a screen printer, it’s not too late to become an Early Adopter. You can read all about the program here.

We want to thank every one of our backers from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for caring about the environment and the plight of economic orphans in Haiti. Thank you for believing that fair pay for dignified work should be the norm in every country. Thank you for believing in us!

And most of all thank you for helping us “Make It Better.