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For this update we’d like to start with a special thank you to the more than 96 Eli Lilly and Company employees who have donated more than $4,150 to support the children at the orphanage. Without your generosity, these kids would be without a home, school, or the art and English classes they so enjoy. Thanks so much!
The children’s much-loved art class, which you’ve so generously supported, will soon reach its most exciting point - an art exhibition. Our partners, REBUILD Globally, have generously donated their workshop for the exhibition which has now has been scheduled for August 27th.
This is not only a great opportunity for the kids to feel a sense of pride in their work, but we’re very hopeful that the sale of the art will provide much needed income for the orphanage. If all goes well, this could be the first of many exhibitions, and it’s all thanks to your generous contributions.
As the orphanage grows and develops, we hope you’ll continue to provide funding for safe housing, enriching activities, and the health care that brings such joy to the lives of these vulnerable children.
Until August 17th, showing your support for the kids at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage is even easier than usual. In fact, it’s as easy as logging into Facebook.
One of our photos has been selected as a finalist in Global Giving’s photo contest. The winning photo will be the one which receives the most votes on Facebook and will receive $1,000, so please vote today! Here’s how:
If you’re not on Facebook, you can still share this information with friends and family or just make a donation. Thank you so much for all you’ve already done for the kids at the orphanage, and our warmest regards.
Photo Credit: Micaela Beytebiere and Dorota Oleksiewicz
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Our work with the kids at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage continues to grow and expand to include new enriching activities. In fact, your generosity means that we’ve once again been able to raise our fundraising goal for the children of the orphanage. These extra funds allow each child to access new opportunities ranging from English classes to art to extra help in school – and it’s all thanks to you!
The kids recently started working on recycled art. Using found materials and trash to create art teaches the children about the importance of caring for their environment. In Haiti, failing to recycle has very real consequences. Drainage canals clogged with trash lead to cholera and burning trash leads to respiratory infections.
But when we started talking about recycled art, the kids didn’t quite seem to be getting the concept, so we arranged a little outing to help them understand that recycled art was beautiful too!
The kids’ art teacher and several volunteers from our organisation took the children in the art programme to a nearby museum which was hosting an exhibit of Haitian artists’ use of recycled material in art.
Most of these kids had never been to a museum before and they absolutely loved the trip! With their imaginations triggered by the work of other artists, we can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with in their upcoming classes.
None of these exciting field trips or classes would be possible without your generosity. We hope you’ll be willing to continue to support the kids by spreading the word about Global Giving’s Matching Day – it’s coming right up on June 15th!
Global Giving will be matching all donations of up to $1,000 by 30%, and the organsiation which raises the most will win an extra bonus. Please get involved if you can by spreading the word or making a donation.
One last time, thanks again for all you’ve already given to these vulnerable kids. Your donation truly has been life changing for the children at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage.
One last time, thanks so much,
The kids at Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage continue to thrive in the new home that your support made possible.In addition to English classes, we’ve recently added another enriching activity for the children – art. With a Haitian head art teacher volunteering his time three days a week, the children are learning sculpture. At the end of their three month course they’ll hold an exhibition of their work where their art is for sale.For the time being, the kids are learning the basics of molding clay and having fun learning a new skill. In the long-term, we’re happy to provide a positive outlet for stress and excited to see what the kids will create!None of these activities would be possible without your on-going support, and we’re hoping that you’ll continue providing that support over the next two weeks during Global Giving’s Recurring Donation Challenge. During the challenge, groups which gain the most recurring donations could win anywhere between $500 and $2,500.As little as $10 a month could qualify the kids at Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage for this extra infusion of cash. Even if you can’t donate yourself, you can participate by letting friends and family know about the challenge. As always, we’d like to thank you for your generosity and support of these kids.Warm regards from Haiti!
A few days ago, I visited the orphanage to check on a few children with mild skin infections and was met with quite a surprise. “Emma, how are you?” Said one of the younger boys. “Good thanks!” I replied, and he ran away giggling. Others energetically counted from 1 to 20.I had known that one of our volunteers – Madeline – had been teaching English at the orphanage, but I had not expected such rapid progress.The change in the children since we’ve been able to provide school, health care, English classes, and a safe house has been extraordinary. The benefits of having a routine and a safe place to sleep for the first time since the earthquake shows in each child’s face and new found ability to focus on schooling and playing.And this is, of course, to say nothing of the difference school and English will make in the children’s long-term prospects for success.As we see positive changes first hand, we wanted to take this opportunity to write and say thank you for all you’ve already done. None of these positive changes would have been possible without your generous contributions. We hope you’ll keep supporting the orphanage as they move forward.
Thanks to your donations, we’ve been able to completely fund a school for all 31 school age children living at the orphanage for a full year.Every part of the school has provided an educational opportunity – the older kids even got involved building the benches for their school! Properly supervised, they helped us put the prefabricated desk parts together, even trying their hands at drilling.The next step in the school’s development will be providing better books, uniforms, and increasing educational support for children who are struggling.The education that your donations have provided gives these children hope for a brighter future. It is a long-lasting, essential gift, and we’d like to thank you for giving it to the children of Hands Together to Defend the Children (HTDC) Orphanage.Further donations will support continued long-term security for the school, so please continue to spread the word about HTDC so that we can provide on-going support for these deserving kids.Again, thanks so much for all you’ve done!All our best,
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