How It Works
Help subsistence fishermen feed their families
Your Old Sails
1No matter how worn out, your old sails are a vast improvement over the makeshift sails currently being used by many fishermen in Haiti.
2Sails are collected by volunteers at yacht clubs, sail lofts, and regattas, or sent directly to SFS. Sometimes sails are carried by sailors travelling to regattas in Miami.
Packed & Shipped
3Sails are processed at SFS headquarters in Miami and prepared for shipment to Haiti.
For Villages in Need
4Sails are shipped to Haiti via sea freight by international relief agencies or commercial shipping companies.
To Make New Sails
5The materials and manufacturing of modern sails allow for faster sailing and less maintenance than the makeshift sails made of discarded flour sacks and plastic sheeting.
The first donors to Sails for Sustenance were the University of Miami and members of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Since then hundreds of individual donors, many anonymously, have given sails.Our Supporters
Volunteers of all ages have collected sails on behalf of SFS by reaching out to sailors through their yacht clubs and racing fleets. Some volunteer collectors set up a table at a regatta while others maintain a “drop box” at a yacht club or sail loft.Find out who makes this possible
Delivery to Miami
All donated sails are processed at SFS headquarters in Miami, FL prior to being shipped to Haiti. Many sails have been shipped to HQ in Miami individually through UPS and the USPS. Large loads consisting of many sails have been carried by sailors trailering boats to regattas in Florida.
Sails are Processed in Miami
SFS inspects and catalogs donated sails according to condition, material, size, type, etc. Sails are then stripped of battens and tackle, flaked and rolled to specific dimensions, and packed into canvas bags. The database allows SFS to link sails from a donor to recipient community.Become a Volunteer
Delivery to Haiti
Sails are primarily shipped to Port-au-Prince, Haiti via sea freight through a partnership with Food for the Poor (www.foodforthepoor.org). SFS has also utilized independent freight companies that ship to secondary ports such as Miragoane, Haiti. Once in Haiti, sails are retrieved in the port city by partner organizations, taken back to remote villages, and distributed to fishermen.See the Impact