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,
In just shy of a month, the kids will be done with the 2013 school year! We can’t wait to update you on the exam results. In the meantime, we’re planning for the 2014 year. The big question still stands – how many children will we welcome?
Happily, GlobalGiving is making it easier for us to enroll more children in the 2014 school year by matching your donations! When you give today, GlobalGiving will top your donation up by 50%. That means that tomorrow is a great day to ensure that we can send Nathaelle to the 8th grade in 2014!
Today only, your donation of just $25 will be enough to send Nathaelle to school for a month! Please give what you can and share this great opportunity with all your friends and family.
Thanks so much and our very warmest regards from Haiti!
Spring has sprung, and the kids are all working hard getting ready for their end of year exams. Thanks to the extra help you’ve funded, every single child has a great shot at passing the exam.
With the school year winding down, we’re already turning our attention to next year and asking the million-dollar question – will we have enough funding to welcome more than 10 children for the 2014 school year?
You can help us make that choice by taking advantage of GlobalGiving’s offer. This mother’s day when you donate to support Sophie or her classmates in your mom’s name, mom will get a beautiful card and GlobalGiving will add $5 to your donation!
GlobalGiving cards make great mother’s day gifts, so please consider giving one to your mom this May 12th. If you’re not in a position to give, you can still let friends and family know about this great promotion.
Click here to send mom your card.
Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and our warmest regards from Haiti!
Allow us to introduce the newest member of the scholarship programme – 9 year old Sonia! Like so many of the kids in our programme, Sonia’s life hasn’t been easy since the January 2010 earthquake. Her mother was killed in the earthquake, and their family lost everything they had.
Since then, Sonia’s dad, who himself only has a primary school education, has been able to pay for her classes only sporadically. He was about to pull her out of school for the rest of the school year when our Haitian staff intervened. Thanks to you, Sonia can stay in school and get a better start than her dad did!
While we’re delighted to welcome Sonia, we’re sorry to say that she is taking the place of another one of our students, Lovlie. Lovlie has had to leave Port au Prince for the remainder of the school year due to a family emergency. We look forward to welcoming Lovlie back next year when she’ll attend class with Sonia!
You’ve made Sonia’s shot at education possible – and with it she gets a real chance to build a brighter tomorrow.
Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and our warmest regards!
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