In the beginning, gift catalogs were designed, printed, and sent to a variety of people. Donations were collected online and through mail. While in Manila after graduating college, I rented out a van and personally delivered the gifts and life essentials (rice, soap, diapers...) to orphanages in need.
After Manila, I traveled throughout Southeast Asia using my savings and stopping at orphanages along the way. Contacts were made at each in order to establish a foundation for Global Smilez to not only expand in the future, but be able to operate autonomously with donations purchased and delivered by willing and trusted locals.
After the inaugural trip, a deeper concern was recognized. The children all loved the gifts that were donated and they allowed them to do what kids their age should do, play. However, some of the orphanages didn't have blankets, pillows, adequate food, or any learning materials. Global Smilez has since revamped our operations with several new arms. We Drink They Drink is specifically aimed at combining hedonism with altruism as a portion of drinks bought on certain nights (at various partner bars) is donated towards installing wells or new holding tanks for orphanages without reliable water sources. Vibe Friends raises money through partnering musical artists efforts in order to purchase instruments for orphanages and schools. Tabs 4 Teens aims to put the power of technology into the hands of students who lack what we may take for granted. These tablets will help students with school projects as well as preparing for entering the professional job market.
As we pushed to launch all of these divisions, dire times called for dire measures. When the natural disaster of the Nepal earthquakes struck, funds were reallocated to help aid those who have lost everything within hours. Our vast network of partners made it seamless to send our aid. The results can be seen on the 'Fundraising' page.
Now, our marketing director, Nolan Stracke, has delivered five Windows 10 operated tablets to HALO, a long-running homeless shelter that has been aiding those who are in rough patches of their lives. The tablets will allow people to search for job openings in the area, career paths they can begin to take, and any opportunities at all that can be found on the Internet and serve as a catalyst to getting them back on their feet. When they aren’t being used for research purposes, tutors will be able to help students with various school projects.
Looking towards the future, Our South American volunteer coordinator, Mari Ayala, has discovered a prime opportunity to help in her home city of Quito, Ecuador. There is a vast central market next to what used to be one of the largest prisons in South America before shutting down six months ago. The crime and poverty in the area is still rampant with dozens of children sitting idle besides being recruited for pick pocketing gangs. Our plan is to build a large room that will serve not only as a safe place for the kids but as an educational outlet too. It will be stocked with books, toys, and a hired teacher who will be there at times during the week. More details will come soon in regards to the Quito mission with construction starting by early March.
Thank you for considering Global Smilez and email Jake@GlobalSmilez.com with any questions.