Vector Marketing Sales Professional/Senior Field Sales Manager Profiled in Prominent Blog for Humanitarian Work in Haiti
September 17, 2013 - Wilmington, DE
Many people sit back and shake their heads with sorrow as they see tragedies unfold, but Andy Jeanty, a Sales Professional/Senior Field Sales Manager with Vector Marketing Corporation, the single-level direct sales division of Cutco Cutlery Corporation, decided to do something about it. Jeanty was recently profiled on the blog Your Mark on the World for his humanitarian work in Jacmel, Haiti after the devastating earthquake that struck on January 12, 2010.
As profiled on the prominent blog, which features people who are making a positive difference in the world by becoming involved and making their "mark," Jeanty describes how he received a call from a client -- a nurse named Myrlande Affriany -- who founded a non-profit organization called Angel Wings, which is dedicated to providing much needed medical care to the impoverished citizens of her home country of Haiti.
In the blog post, Jeanty describes how, after the earthquake, Affriany brought 23 doctors to Haiti on a chartered private plane so that they could provide much needed medical care. However, when they arrived, the charter company informed her that the price she paid was for a one-way trip! "She called me for help, stunned and crying, and asked if I could connect her with someone who could transport her and the doctors back home," Jeanty says.
Jeanty got to work, and they succeeded. They found a military transport that agreed to take the Angel Wings group home free of charge.
"This was a turning point for me; it was the time when I realized that I DID have the power to help, and that I could do even more," he says in the post.
Jeanty says it was then that he decided to accompany Angel Wings on a trip to Haiti. But his involvement doesn't end there.
"The dream of Angel Wings was to build a hospital in Jacmel, which of course takes a lot of time and money. But I thought, 'What if we could more quickly create a clinic that could provide quality health care to these needy people on a daily basis?'"
He showed a video of their work in Haiti at Cutco's annual sales representative conference in May 2010, and with 48 hours had raised $50,000 from Cutco sales reps. "This was when we realized that we weren't alone," he says.
With the money raised from Vector Marketing sales representatives, they bought a half acre of land in Jacmel and got right to work on the plans for the clinic. "Our goal was to build something virtually indestructible and we didn't waste any time," Jeanty says. "We broke ground on the clinic in November 2010. In that same year, we also participated in nine medical mission trips with Angel Wings. During each trip, the group treated between 300-500 people."
They finished the first phase of construction in 2012 and are currently working on the finishing touches, such as the cabinetry, plumbing and electricity. "I am so excited, as this fall we will open one day a week while we finish up the plumbing and electricity." He describes how during a recent health care day, they treated 300 people, which he says was a reminder of the great need for such a clinic.
Since the mission is to provide health and hope for the people of Haiti, Jeanty says that they also wanted to create jobs, so they hired local workers to do the construction. "It is so nice, because now we really have a community of people who support us there, and when we go we feel like we are at home," he says.
Jeanty's message in the blog post is that people should never, ever feel helpless or make excuses. "I was just 30 years old when I began this project, but I did it," he says.
Jeanty's advice to others who want to make their "mark on the world" is simple: "Discover what touches your heart, and search within to find the skills and talents you can contribute. Everybody has something they can do to help. It doesn't matter how small you begin; just begin, because you never know where that first step will take you. Be the change you want to see. You have the power to make a difference."
About Cutco Cutlery Corporation and Vector Marketing
Cutco Cutlery is a 64-year-old company with headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Olean, New York. Vector Marketing is the company's sales division, coordinating all sales for Cutco Cutlery through a national network of college students who sell products through in-home personal demonstrations. More than 15 million US households have a Cutco product.