With your support, we’ve not only been able to continue looking after the 25 children currently in our scholarship programme http://www.edvolunteers.org/scholarships, but also gear up to expand our classroom construction and add more children to our scholarship programme.At the Foyer d’Orelph Orphanage we’re building roofs over four classrooms. These roofs will provide safe, dry space for the 53 children who live and attend school at the orphanage and create space for more students at the orphanage’s free school. We’ll fill that new space by providing scholarships for children in the neighborhood who would otherwise be unable to attend classes.We’ll also soon start work at another local school, Institution Classique. The school is attended by almost 200 children and already provides scholarships for ten community children who would not otherwise be able to enroll in school.However, because the earthquake destroyed the school’s security wall and several roofs, the children are often in class without proper protection, and the entire property is insecure. Adding to the school’s problems, the entire property is very prone to flooding, putting all the children at risk of water borne illnesses.We’re planning to reconstruct the security wall, install a drainage system, and build roofs over three classrooms, giving the school room to grow.While this project is not yet fully funded, we wouldn’t even be able to consider it without your support. Thanks so much for making our work here in Port au Prince possible!Until May 20th, it’s even easier than usual to support our projects. During Global Giving’s Recurring Donation Challenge, the group that gets the most distinct recurring donors is eligible for $2,500! That means that simply by committing to donate $10 a month, you could help us win more than $2,000.Please consider becoming a monthly donor – and ask your friends to do the same!Thanks so much for all your help, and our warmest regards from Haiti.
Our education programme continues to grow. With our first 25 scholarship recipients in school, we’ve begun our monitoring and evaluation process. Project managers visit the school at least twice a month to check up on the children and ensure that any issues are addressed.It’s a real pleasure to visit the school where these kids are attending. Just a few short weeks ago they spent their days idle in the street. Now they spend them in classes learning how to read and write.We’re looking forward to identifying more children so that our scholarship programme can continue to grow, and we’re hoping that you’ll help us fund this growth.We also recently built another transitional classroom. This project, which took place at Emes School in Port au Prince, went beyond simple classroom construction. Our team demolished and replaced unsafe walls, repaired damaged walls, and poured a concrete floor in the bathroom, improving sanitation. We are looking forward to completing our work at Emes School by building a drainage system on the property which will further improve sanitation.Together, our work has provided a safe environment for the 20 children who are now in class there and provided space for more children to attend class in this high achieving, community school.Our construction projects are becoming more and more pressing as the rainy season approaches. Unsafe, unstable roofs and structures are difficult in the dry season. They become deadly in the rainy season when flooding, high winds, and heavy rains become a reality.Please help us build as many safe roofs as we can before the rains begin in late April by letting your friends know about our project and encouraging them to support us the way you did.Thanks so much for all you’ve done, and we look forward to hearing from you should you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to email Media@EDVolunteers.org.
Our push to increase access to education for the children of Port au Prince is off to a flying start. We’ve recently completed a transitional classroom at the Mix de Sabauth School and will soon be making further improvements to the school’s infrastructure. These classroom builds provide safe space of children to attend school – a critical need in post-earthquake Port au Prince. In addition to the classroom at Mix de Sabauth, our volunteers have also begun another build at another local school. Together, the classroom construction and school improvements at these two schools will provide a safe place for more than 100 children to attend class. And that’s just the beginning. We’ve recently also provided our first 25 scholarships to children. Thanks to more than $3,000 which has been donated offline specifically for scholarships we intend to ensure that many more children are in classes over the next several months. Adding to our excitement for the coming months is the support of Global Giving who nominated this project as project of the month, thereby guaranteeing us a donation of at least $2,400! Our push to send more children across Port au Prince to school is now also receiving support from PayPal. The company has selected this project as one of only five projects which it will be featuring in a mail out to its more than five million subscribers. We are honoured and humbled by their support, and we’d like to extend a warm thank you from EDV’s staff and the kids this project has already helped. While the support of well-known companies like PayPal is important, it’s our individual donors who have allowed us to start building classrooms and providing scholarships before any large companies took notice. We know that between the inspiring support of individuals like you and the contributions of Global Giving and PayPal we can change the lives of hundreds of children across Port au Prince. Thanks so much for your support!
As we mark the one year anniversary of the earthquake, you’re likely to hear many stories about how aid has been diverted, delayed, and how survivors are not getting what they need despite the big promises made.
It can all seem very disheartening and, after reading these reports, some have asked us if their donation has mattered – if there is still hope for Haiti.
While we certainly won’t make light of the issues with the aid effort for Haiti, the hopeless situation presented in some media outlets doesn’t match the situation we see on the ground every day. Survivors continue to make progress step by step.
Teachers form classes for children who can’t afford school fees, teach literacy to teens who have never been able to go to school, and parents make sacrifices to make sure their children can learn. They’ve not lost hope, and neither should we. With our support, more children in our community will attend school in 2011. Positive change is possible and is happening every day.
So tomorrow, we’ll be marking the anniversary with our friends and community contacts helping those most in need. In the face of the many hurdles facing Haiti as recovery continues, we’d like to leave you with the words of a good friend as he talked about EDV, the anniversary, and Haiti.
I am progressing forward, now helping myself and other people become better – become stronger. It was our blessing to have EDV in Haiti to keep our faith strong. Now I think that together, “yes we can!”
Thanks for all you’ve done for Haitian survivors, and take care.
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