As families across the US celebrate Thanksgiving, we wanted to write you and let you know that, this Thanksgiving, twelve students in Port au Prince are thankful for you.
One of those survivors is Bertrand. After the earthquake destroyed his house and, with it, his family’s livelihood, Bertrand moved to a displaced persons camp with his brother. He left school in 2010 and didn’t return to school until we launched our scholarship programme in 2013.
Returning to school was difficult for Bertrand. He was a long way behind his classmates, and he found himself discouraged. But thanks to supporters like you, we had the funds to give him a little extra tutoring. At the end of the 2013 school year, Betrand passed his exams – as did all the children in our scholarship programme.
Betrand is one of hundreds of people who are looking forward to the holidays this year because you chose to help them build a brighter future. With your support, we’ll keep changing their lives in 2014.
Thanks so much and we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks so much to everyone who took advantage of GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day. Your gifts on the 23rd were a third more impactful than normal – and that has made all the difference for students like Diana.
If you’re like us, you’re starting to think about the holiday season. The holidays are a time of joy – but for many of us they’re also incredibly busy! Before the end of year rush starts, we wanted to pause for a moment and thank you for everything you’ve given over the last year.
Because of you, not only has our scholarship programme continued providing a high quality education to 10 vulnerable kids over the last year – it’s grown! We’ve welcomed two new students for the 2013-14 school year, bringing our total number of students to 12.
Our newest students have inspiring stories. 19 year old Diana hasn’t attended school in years. She has 12 brothers and sisters, and her parents couldn’t afford educate them.
For years, Diana has worked odd jobs. But without even a basic education, the work was always menial and low paid. Despite the challenges she’s faced, Diana never gave up the hope of returning to school.
Now, at 19, she’s realizing that dream thanks to you. Diana can barely read and write, so she’ll be placed in a special class for teens who have missed school. Your generosity will mean we can give her the extra support she needs to catch up and receive her high school equivalency.
The 12 children in our scholarship programme have all been affected by generations of poverty and wouldn’t be able to go to school without you. The education you’re providing is their ticket to a bright future that finally breaks the cycle of poverty. Thanks so much!
As always, if you ever have any questions about how your donation is changing lives, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing Emma@IDVolunteers.org. We’d love to hear from you!
Thanks again for your generosity, and our very warmest regards!
We’re delighted to report that, thanks to you, we’re going to welcome two new kids for the coming school year! We’ll also replace a student who graduated in 2013. This means that you’ll soon have three new students to get to know.
This is a really exciting development which wouldn’t have been possible without your generosity. Thanks so much!
Our Haitian staff are currently working on identifying three kids who are living in poverty, are keen to go to school, and who would be unable to attend without your support.
It may seem that adding three students is a small drop in a very large bucket, but at IDV we believe in sustainable growth. We’d rather add a small number of children every year and support each child through the end of high school than add lots of children all at once and have to drop some of the students later.
We can’t wait to introduce you to our new students. School starts on October 1st, so it won’t be long now until each enrolled child has their uniform, books, and butterflies in their stomachs for their first day of the 2014 school year!
None of the 12 children now in our programme would be going to school without your support – and now it’s easier than ever to keep supporting kids like Carol. Tomorrow, GlobalGiving will be matching your donations by 30%. This means that if you give $34, we’ll be able to provide a full month of school for a child like Sonia!
We hope that you’ll give what you can tomorrow and share this update with friends and family.
Again, thanks for making the growth of our programme possible, and we wish you the very best!
Fantastic news - GlobalGiving is once again making it easier to support the kids in our scholarship programme with their new and improved fundraising pages. From September 1st to 30th, all fundraisers who raise more than $500 for a GlobalGiving project will be entered into a raffle for a variety of great prizes like flip cams and airline tickets. There are also financial awards for the project with the most fundraisers! That makes September a great month to cycle, bake, or walk for scholarships!
Your fundraising efforts could send a child like Zach to school for a year. With your support he'll be the first person in his family to attend school past the age of 14. If you'd like help planning your fundraising event you can visit www.IDVolunteers.org/fundaise-idv or email Emma@IDVolunteers.org.
Once you've decided how much you'd like to raise and how you want to raise it you can create your fundraising page here. Don't forget to add our project as the beneficiary of your efforts once you've created your page! Again, if you have any questions please email Emma@IDVolunteers.org.
Thanks so much, and very warm regards!
School is now out for the summer and we have great news – all of the kids in the programme passed their exams! That means that each and every one of them will advance to their next grade in September.
Passing their exams this year is a huge accomplishments for the kids you support. At mid-year many of the children were struggling. 15 year old Betrad was one of the kids we were most worried about. After the earthquake he missed two years of school. His home had been destroyed, and he and his brother couldn’t find a place to stay. They were evicted from several tent camps before their aunt was finally able to find a house and take the boys in.
The two years of instability left a mark on Betrad. He reentered school three grade levels behind other kids his age and had trouble focusing. School was a real struggle.
Our teachers identified Betrad as needing extra help early and, because of your generosity, we were able to give it to him. With extra tutoring after school, Betrad started to get his confidence back and catch up. Last week, he passed his exams with flying colors!
Betrad isn’t the only child who needed extra help this year. Your donations made that support possible - thanks so much for all you’ve given!
Next year, all of our students besides 18-year-old Yolene will return to school. The only reason Yolene isn’t returning is because she’s graduating from the Haitian equivalent of high school. We’ll enroll another child living in poverty to take Yolene’s seat.
We can’t wait to see how our students do in September when school restarts. In the meantime, we wish them a very happy summer vacation and extend our warmest thanks to you one more time. After all, without you, they wouldn’t have been in school!
Very Kind Regards,
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