Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans

Jun 28, 2012

A Great Start to the Summer

The children
The children's art

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who gave on June 13th and had their donations matched by 50%! It’s thanks to donors like you that the kids continue to thrive.

Summer has started off with a celebration of children’s day in Haiti where the kids showcased their recycled art. We asked the directors of the orphanage why they chose to focus on recycled art.

We decided to use recycled items because we believe that you can turn something ugly into something beautiful [and because] pollution is such a big problem in Haiti. Getting the kids to use the items we find in the street gives them a direct contact with their environment [and teaches them] how to change an item that is lost and ugly into something beautiful.

We love the sentiment, and are so glad that the orphanage directors are teaching the children in their care such valuable lessons.

The kids enjoyed their day, and we’re so proud of all they achieved. Their enjoyment is a direct result of your generosity not just on June 13th, but over the past year. Your donations are changing these children’s lives, and we can hardly express how much the staff at EDV and the kids at the orphanage appreciate your donations.

Thanks so much for all you give.

Collecting trash to make art
Collecting trash to make art
Creating treasure from trash
Creating treasure from trash


Jun 11, 2012

All Donations Matched by 50% on Wednesday!

The kids really appreciate your support
The kids really appreciate your support

On Wednesday, June 13th, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations by 50%! This is a fantastic opportunity to ensure that the kids continue to thrive through the summer and beyond.

Your donations are essential to ensuring that the kids at the HTDC orphanage stay in school, eat nutritious food, and have a safe place to live. Without you, the children would still be in tents.

We hope that on Wednesday you’ll continue your inspiring support of the orphanage by making a donation. Even small donations help us secure a bright future for these vulnerable children.

If you don’t feel that you can donate, you can still help out by spreading the word about this fantastic matching opportunity by emailing friends and family or sharing information about the matching day on Facebook.

Thanks so much for all you’ve already done to support the kids at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage, and our warmest regards.


Jun 5, 2012

Welcoming Summer

Enjoying his Lunch
Enjoying his Lunch

It’s been a trying start to the summer for the children at the Hands Together to Defend the Children (HTDC) Orphanage. With the start of the rainy season comes a spike in malaria risk, and two of the children have fallen ill.

Happily, thanks to the support you provided, the directors had the resources they needed to get the sick children to the hospital and provide for their needs while they received treatment. Today, everyone is on the mend, and looking forward to an exciting summer.

This Friday is children’s day in Haiti, and as a registered orphanage, the kids at HTDC will be preparing and exhibition and performance to illustrate the creativity and beauty of Haiti’s children. This important exhibition will be attended by the ministry for child protection in Haiti, and the kids are all very excited!

As they prepare for the exhibition, the staff are also gearing up for another summer camp at the orphanage. The kids will be working on art projects, learning English, going on field trips and attending fun classes on working together. These enriching activities ensure that the children’s education won’t stop just because the school year is over.

Without your support, a swift recovery from illness would be out of reach for the children at the HTDC orphanage, let alone a fun summer camp! You have changed these children’s lives in so many ways, and we can’t thank you enough.

This summer we’ll be keeping you updated on all the fun you’ve made possible in Haiti with photos and stories from the summer camp. We hope these updates help bring home for you how important you are to these lovely kids.

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and our warmest regards.

Celebrating Mother
Celebrating Mother's Day in Haiti


Apr 24, 2012

Mother's Day Gifts for Haiti

She's thriving - thanks to you!

We continue to be astounded by your generosity! We last emailed you in March about GlobalGiving’s matching day asking you to dig deep and give what you could – and what an extraordinary response we received.

In just one day, you gave $2,175. Your fantastic response means that we’ll be able to meet the orphanage’s most pressing current need: A generator.

Government inefficiency in Haiti means that much of Port au Prince has not had power for several weeks. Without electricity power the children are enduring 90 degree heat without the comfort of even a fan. The orphanage can’t pump water to its roof without power, so there is no running water. Perhaps worst of all, without lights the children can’t make it to the bathroom at night.

Any parent can imagine the difficulties of managing more than 20 children without electricity for weeks on end. Thanks to you, the orphanage directors and staff won’t have to face those difficulties any more.

Your fantastic support is helping the orphanage directors reach their goal of ensuring that all the children living at the orphanage feel that they’re living in a family. For children who have already lost their parents, that family environment couldn’t be more important.

Families in the US are also marking the importance of family next week with Mother’s Day. If you’re thinking about Mother’s Day gifts we hope that you’ll consider making a donation as a gift to your mom. When you make a donation in honour of your mom, GlobalGiving will send her a lovely card. Cards can be emailed, mailed, or printed at home.

GlobalGiving tribute cards make fantastic, meaningful mother’s day gifts. And as a bonus, GlobalGiving will be awarding financial prizes for the organisation which receives the most mother’s day gift cards between May 1st and 7th.

We hope that this mother’s day, you’ll choose to give mom a gift that also helps Haitian children build a better tomorrow. You can easily send your gift by clicking here.

Thanks so much for your inspiring support and our warmest regards from Haiti.

Enjoying the new life that you provided!
Enjoying the new life that you provided!


Mar 13, 2012

Donations Matched!

Healthy and Happy Thanks to You!
Healthy and Happy Thanks to You!

On Wednesday, March 14th (that’s today!), GlobalGiving will be matching donations. You’ve already given so much, but we hope that you’ll dig deep and give a little more.

By continuing your inspiring support of the orphanage, you bring them closer to their next set of goals: Building a permanent home on the land they’ve already built and investing in a business to make the orphanage sustainable. We asked the orphanage director, Carlo, why a house they own would be better than a rented house.

“…we hope to one day be able to purchase a home so that the kids will always have a home to come back to, more space and especially so that they can feel like they’re living in a family.”

You’ve already made such a huge difference in Carlo’s life and the lives of the children in his care. These are children who lost parents in the earthquake and have lived on the street. Because of you, children like Nicolson, age 11, are enjoying a whole new life and dreaming about what they want to be when they grow up.

“Life makes sense at the orphanage, I like having volunteers coming and bringing toys and playing with us. I also like the school because I want to be a lawyer. I want to be rich and help other people.”

Today, March 14th, any contributions received will be doubled, and we hope you’ll be able to share this page or donate yourself to ensure that Nicolson and all of his friends can reach their dreams.

Thanks so much for your generosity, and our warmest regards.

Playing and Enjoying their new Life
Playing and Enjoying their new Life


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