The HTDC orphanage continues to impress us with their hard work and perseverance. Orphanage directors are working hard to secure UN grants so that the orphanage can start its own business, and authorities as high up as the US embassy are taking notice.
It shows in the kids – they’re excited about their futures. This year, three of the kids are starting at secondary school. Wilkenson says that he’s looking forward to going to a “big” school, and that he wants to grow up to be a doctor so that he can help other kids.
But while the kids continue to play and thrive, the directors are worried. On November 1st, we need to pay $11,000 in rent for another two years on the house at the HTDC orphanage.
You’ve given so much, but keeping 27 children safe, healthy, and learning is expensive. It costs more than $2,000 a month to meet the children’s’ needs. After we pay the rent, we’ll have sufficient funding for just two more months of basic needs for the children. In other words, without more donations, funds will run out money in January 2013 and HTDV will be without food, staff, a school, or even basic health care.
We’re working with the directors to push through grants which will let the orphanage open its own business and become more self-sufficient, but these grants take time and are unlikely to be approved until early 2013.
We know you’ve already given, but we hope that you’ll dig deep and donate again to help us over this last hurdle. We are working hard to help the orphanage become more financially independent, and we will succeed. But until we do, we need you.
Wednesday, October 17 GlobalGiving will match your donations by 30%. Please share this page and give what you can so that we can keep providing the safe home and education that has changed these kids’ lives.
If you have questions about our plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing Media@EDVolunters.org. Thanks so very much for all you’ve already given.
EDV directors Andy and Emma just completed their first visit to the orphanage. We wanted to send you an update, but we weren't sure what to say.
After all, you already know that because of you these kids have a safe home, a school, nutritious food, and a more secure future. So, rather than re-state those facts, we’re keeping this update very short and just sending through a few of our favorite photos.
In the coming weeks we’ll be sending you more detailed updates about our plans for the orphanage’s future, but today we just wanted to focus on the lovely kids whose lives you’ve changed.
Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and our warmest regards from Port au Prince!
It’s been three weeks since Tropical Storm Isaac destroyed the classrooms at the HTDC orphanage. Combined with an anonymous donation from a UK company, you’ve already given almost $1,300 to rebuild the classrooms. This is a fantastic response – thanks so much to everyone who’s given!
Tomorrow, two of EDV's directors will travel to Haiti to plan the reconstruction of the classrooms and discuss the coming two years with the orphanage directors. Your donations since the storm have been fantastic, but we’re still seeking funds to pay for the construction of new classrooms and cover the orphanage’s rent for the next two years.
Your donations will support children like Gusline. Gusline is three. She was brought to the orphanage by a friend who found her alone. We don’t know anything about her past, and her parents are thought to have died in the earthquake.
The orphanage directors are now her legal guardians, and they hope to one day find out more about her parents and the early years of her life. You can meet more of the children Gusline lives with here.
Gusline and all her friends rely on your generosity to ensure that they have a safe home, food, and health care when she needs it. You’ve changed her life, and we can’t tell you how much your donation has been appreciated. Now we’re asking you to be generous one more time.
We hope you’ll give today and share this update to help us rebuild the school and secure another two years of safe housing for the HTDC orphanage.
Thanks so much, and take care!
“I was scared [the storm] would come and break everything. We were prepared, but the big winds can break so many things – like the school...”
- Titi, 14
Thanks to you, Titi and the rest of the kids at the orphanage weathered Tropical Storm Isaac safely in a home which even “the big winds” couldn’t break. But the storm destroyed his classroom, and without a place to go to school, his future is once again insecure.
Isaac was a blow to the orphanage but it was certainly not a crippling one, and the children aren’t facing it alone. They have you on their side.
The classrooms Isaac destroyed were tents which were only intended to act as transitional structures. We plan to build back with classrooms that will withstand any storm Haiti can throw at them.
The storm also destroyed the orphanage’s transformer, leaving the orphanage without power. Together, repairs to the transformer and school will cost $6,354.
We also need to pay rent on the orphanage’s house to ensure another two years of safe housing. We have some funds in reserve for the rent, but we still need to raise an additional $10,000. That means we’re aiming to raise a total of $16,354.
We know that these are big numbers, but we also know that the kids have more than 1,000 incredible supporters like you right here on GlobalGiving. Together, we can reach our goal of safe housing and a quality education for all of the children at the HTDC orphanage. Please donate today.
You can also help out by activating your network for the kids at the HTDC orphanage. Circulate this email at your office, hold a fundraising event, or simply share this update on social media to let your friends and family know that the children at the HTDC orphanage.
You can also let them know that their funds will be in safe hands – EDV directors Andy Chaggar and Emma Taylor will be traveling to Haiti from September 22nd to September 29th. They’ll use their time in Haiti to plan and monitor the vital repair work.
If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact Media@EDVolunteers.org.
On Friday August 24th, Tropical Storm Isaac slammed into Haiti, bringing 60mph winds and torrential rain. Isaac flooded many parts of Port au Prince, flattened countless tents, affected 14,000 families, and killed at least four people.
Thanks to you, the orphanage weathered the storm in a safe, concrete house and everyone is safe, but they didn’t escape unscathed. The storm destroyed the orphanage’s school.
Communications with Haiti are still difficult, so we don’t yet have pictures or details for you. In the coming days we’ll gather information about the damage and what we’ll need to rebuild. As we learn more we’ll let you know.
Together, we can rebuild the orphanage school better than it was before. We hope that you’ll donate today or share this page with friends and family to let them know that while Isaac hit Haiti hard, we’re ready to rebuild.
Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and we’ll update you again soon.
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