Break the Cycle of Poverty with Education

Dec 20, 2013

Give a child like Zach a Merry Christmas

This Christmas, give Zach the gift of education
This Christmas, give Zach the gift of education

It’s now a good few months into the school year, and we’re delighted to report that the kids in our programme are thriving.

Many of the children you support are the first in their families to receive a full primary and secondary school education. Their position as the only educated member of the family is a source of pride for their parents, but it also introduces unique challenges.

Last year, Zach needed extra help after school to pass his exams. When we asked why, his teacher said simply ‘His parents can’t read, so they can’t help him at home. We need to help him here, or he won’t succeed.”

If it hadn’t been for you, Zach wouldn’t have gotten that extra help. Discouraged and on his own, he would have been at high risk of not completing school. But, luckily for Zach, your generosity funded after-school help to support him and he passed his end of year exams with flying colours!

This year, we’ve welcomed several new children who are in the same position as Zach was last year. We’ll need your support to ensure that they get the same support Zach had.

This Christmas, you can give our new students the gift of education by setting up a recurring donation. When you create your recurring donation between today and New Year’s Eve, GlobalGiving will match your donation!

Your monthly gift of just $16 a month will fund three full months of education and extra help for a student like Zach.

Set up your recurring donation here 

Not ready to commit to a monthly donation? No problem. Your one-off donation, whatever its size, will be gratefully received.

Thanks so very much - and, if you’re celebrating this year, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

Nov 25, 2013

This Thanksgiving Bertrand is Thankful for You!

They're thankful for you this Thanksgiving!

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.

Oct 24, 2013

Your life-changing generosity

We appreciate your generosity!
We appreciate your generosity!

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 We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for your generosity, and our very warmest regards!

Oct 22, 2013

Fantastic News!

They're getting three new classmates!

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! 

They're learning, thanks to you!
Aug 12, 2013

Fancy a Challenge?

You can help kids like Sonia go to school!
You can help kids like Sonia go to school!

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 or email

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

Thanks so much, and very warm regards!

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