As 2011 draws to a close, we can’t believe all that you’ve helped us achieve. With your support, we’ve been able to build classrooms, put teachers back to work, and offer a primary school education to 50 children. Much remains to be done, but thanks to your generosity, hundreds of Haitians will be able to start 2012 with hope. As we approach Christmas, we hope you’ll encourage friends and family to follow in your footsteps by sharing this page and encouraging them to make a tax deductible donation.
You can also help us win extra funding this holiday season by giving gifts to friends and family through this page.
To give a gift to a loved one, simply go to the project page and find the “Gift idea” button over the donation amounts. The project that raises the most through these gifts will win extra funding! One last time, we’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to you for your generosity over the past year. Merry Christmas, and we hope you have the happiest of New Years.
As the Holiday season begins, we can’t believe that our volunteers have been in Haiti for nearly 18 months!
Some of you have been watching EDV’s growth since before we even arrived in Haiti. Without you, we never would have been able to even make a start here.
Today, as we look back at the last year and a half, we see 36 classrooms built, health care and education provided, 120 adult English students learning English, 50 children back in school, and more than 40 children living in safe housing thanks to our work. That work was made possible by your donations. Thank you so much.
As Americans across the country get ready to gather their families and give thanks, we hope that you’ll take a little extra joy in the knowledge that your donations have given more than 3,000 Haitians a reason to be thankful.
You can help extend hope for this Holiday season to more Haitians by letting friends and family know how easy it is to Give the Gift of Education this Holiday season.
Thanks so much for all you’ve already given, and Happy Thanks Giving from Haiti!
It’s been an extraordinary several months for EDV! We’re excited to have secured funding to keep 50 children in school until the middle of next year, finished five permanent classrooms at Institution Classique, and started five more transitional classrooms at College Adonai. Together, these classrooms will provide safe space for more than 150 children.
Combined with the drainage system we’re installing at La Main Tendre Orphanage, our construction crew is in overdrive because they now have a hard deadline.
On December 1st, our international volunteer leaders will leave Haiti, and our Haitian staff and community leaders will take over the running of our scholarships and English programme. While our volunteers will leave, with your support EDV’s presence will continue changing lives.
Over the next month, we’ll focus on providing our Haitian English teachers with all the skills they’ll need to keep the English students learning without outside aid, teaching orphanage directors all about how to keep kids healthy, and ensuring that the children in the scholarship programme have everything they need to stay in school. And then we’ll leave the Haitians who originally proposed these great projects to take full ownership of all their positive effects.
Your support will be integral to these projects’ continued success, and we hope that you’re as excited as we are to see these projects placed exactly where they belong – in the hands of Haitians.
Showing your support has also just gotten a little easier – it is now possible to text your support of community based recovery in Haiti.
Just text “Give 4170” to 80088 and reply with a “yes” to the confirmation text you’ll receive. Text Giving is a great, hassle free way to give and makes it easy to encourage friends and family to give.
If you have any questions or concerns about Text Giving, or any other part of this project, please don’t hesitate to email Media@EDVolunteers.org.
Thanks so much for your generous donations to help Haitian earthquake survivors, and our warmest regards from Haiti.
For this update, we wanted to draw your attention to our English Education programme. In Haiti, English is a pre-requisite for joining the business world, or even simply working in high-end hotels and restaurants. In other words, it is an essential job skill. We asked one of the most promising students in the elementary class, Wilkens, why English was important to him. Speaking English was one of my goals. I tried little by little to learn English, so when I came in the English class in EDV I became better by listening to all my teachers. I try to improve my pronunciation and have a good accent by practicing with my teachers and classmates. The English class is very important for me. It helps me to realize my dreams. Thanks to your donation, we’re able to ensure that Wilkens and more than 100 other young adults have access to free, high quality English classes. You can hear from more students here.
It’s our hope that, with the support of donors like you, we can keep the English school open, running, and free to as many students as possible for years to come. Combined with our focus on building classrooms and providing scholarships, the English classes ensure that we address the need for education in Haiti from all angles. Your donations make this life-changing work possible. Thank you so much.
We hope this finds you well!
Last month, EDV passed the one year in Haiti mark. It’s been an extraordinary year for our charity. To review all you’ve helped us accomplish in Haiti, we’ve prepared a one year report. Many of you have probably already received this report in our Newsletter, but for those of you who have not, we wanted to ensure that you had the chance to see all that you’ve made possible.With your support, we’ve ensured that 308 Haitian school children have safe classrooms where they can learn, put 93 children back in school, and provided ongoing adult education for more than 100 adults. Not to mention all our work in Health Education and community support.In the course of the past year, our work has directly touched 2,104 earthquake survivors. That work would not have been possible without each and every person who gave to EDV. Thank you so much for your generosity.As we mark our one year anniversary in Haiti, we are also looking forward to more classroom construction, which will allow 200 more students to join the 308 already studying in EDV classrooms. We're also looking forward to providing scholarships to 100 children over the next three to five years, ensuring the orphanages we work with are sustainable, and extending a helping hand to community groups so that they can become self-sufficient.The coming months hold much excitement for EDV, and we hope you’ll be there to share in our growth. Thanks so much for your support over the past year, and we look forward to sharing our future successes with you.
Warm regards from Haiti,
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