International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

At IDV we believe that to provide meaningful relief and reconstruction assistance to disaster affected communities around the world we have to do more than reconstruct buildings. We need to understand and address the factors that made a community vulnerable to the disaster in the first place. Our work will be organised with these factors in mind so we can effect change that far outlives our presence.
Aug 6, 2014

Progress at EIM thanks to you!

Thanks for helping him learn English!
Thanks for helping him learn English!

Your on-going support of the English in Mind (EIM) Institute continues to change lives in Haiti. The school thrives because of your generosity – but you aren’t the only ones supporting EIM.

A group of international supporters continue to travel to the school and help the Haitian staff and students. For this project report, we asked international team leader – Stephanie Price – to write an update on how EIM is developing:

“2014 has been a big year so far for English in Mind Institute!

In the spring we transitioned to a new, temporary building, which gives us more space to hold our classes simultaneously. We also have our own computer lab at the new school complete with six newly donated laptops with WiFi connection. In addition, we received a grant, which allowed us to outfit our teachers with iPads and projectors for their classes.

These advances in technology enable us to provide more English resources to our students that go beyond the textbook. In June, we also welcomed Jonathon Ende, the founder of several tech-start ups in New York who offered web coding classes to our Advanced students. Learning English is about connecting ourselves with the larger world and being more tech savvy will give us a true advantage moving forward.

Jonathon was not the only foreign volunteer to visit EIM this year. As of July we’ve already welcomed six new groups of American and Canadian volunteers to Haiti! These new friends taught us extra classes and administered additional test prep for our final exams in September. We also enjoyed extra time socializing outside the classroom, to further a cultural exchange that goes beyond English. Many of our students have noted that getting regular exposure to native English speakers is a true advantage of EIM, as it’s an opportunity rarely granted at other institutes.

What’s next for us? Last month we opened up registration for new 2015 students and were overwhelmed by the response. We had over 100 applicants on the very first day of sign ups and had to stop accepting names. Come November we’ll be able to decide how many we can afford to admit.

We also have two exciting new announcements: First, as of this month we’ve officially put a deposit down on our very own piece of land in Clercine! Construction won’t begin until late 2015 but it’s extremely exciting (and relieving) to have our own property and no longer be dependent on renting, which in Haiti can be unstable.

Secondly, after a long two-year process, our Haitian principal Brunel is proud to announce that EIM received its registration from the Haitian government. We’re official!”

All these developments wouldn’t be possible without your support – thanks so very much!

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you.

Students working together to learn more.
Students working together to learn more.
Jul 28, 2014

Your amazing support

Thanks so much!
Thanks so much!

Like many of the children at HTDC, Chinaidine's carers couldn't pay for nutritious food before she arried. This placed Chinaidine at high risk of many illnesses - like cholera - and meant that, when she arrived, she was weak and sick. 

Now - thanks to you - the orphanage staff can barely keep up with her!

Because of you, Chinaidine enjoys three nutritious meals every day - and we’ll be able to keep providing the food she needs to stay healthy and keep on playing.

Chinaidine has a bright future because you gave. There are so many things you could have spent your hard earned money on, but you chose Chinaidine. Thanks so much.

We’ll keep updating you about Chinaidine and all her friends at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage through this project’s parent page,Provide a Safe Home for Haitian Orphans. If you ever have any questions about how we're using your donation, please email We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for making Chinaidine’s future bright, and our warmest regards!

Jul 24, 2014

Your amazing support

Thanks so much!
Thanks so much!

When Bodlyson and Kenson arrived at the orphanage, they hadn’t been to school in many months. ‘There aren’t any schools where kids who can’t pay get to learn’ explained orphanage director Carlo.

Without basic literacy and numeracy, both boys would almost certainly been doomed to a life of poverty. But Bodlyson and Kenson are lucky - they have you in their lives.

Your fantastic generosity means that we’ll be able to keep Bodlyson and Kenson in school and learning the skills they need to build a brighter tomorrow. The boys have been doing really well in school, but if they need extra help we’ll be there to get them the tutoring he needs.

We’ll be able to support Bodlyson and Kenson because you chose to give. There are so many things you could have spent your hard earned money on, but you chose Bodlyson and Kenson. Thanks so much.

We’ll keep updating you about Bodlyson and Kenson and all his classmates through this project’s parent page, Provide a Safe Home for Haitian Orphans. If you ever have any questions about how we're using your donation, please email We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again, and very kind regards!

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