Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans

 
$99,522
$10,478
Raised
Remaining
Feb 7, 2011

School is Open!

Studying! PhotoCredit Matthew Oldfield Photography
Studying! PhotoCredit Matthew Oldfield Photography

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,

Building the desks! Matthew Oldfield Photography
Building the desks! Matthew Oldfield Photography
Photo Credit Matthew Oldfield Photography
Photo Credit Matthew Oldfield Photography

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Jan 2, 2011

Hope for 2011 at the Orphanage Thanks to You

A few of the kids your donations have supported
A few of the kids your donations have supported

Hello all,

While it hasn’t been long since our last project update, your out-pouring of support has been so inspiring we felt the need to write - again - to say thank you.

Thanks to your support we have been able to raise our fundraising goal again and again, and you have kept exceeding our expectations! When it comes to fundraising for these vulnerable kids, the sky is the limit. Any money which is not spent this year will be held in trust for their future housing, education and health needs.

So as we up the fundraising goal yet again, we just wanted to write and say thanks for making the start of 2011 a time of hope for 47 children who lost everything less than one year ago.

Wishing you the happiest new year!

Another of the children your donations have housed
Another of the children your donations have housed

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Dec 20, 2010

A Look at the Difference Your Donations Have Made

One of the children in her new house
One of the children in her new house

Hello all!

The fact that more than 130 individuals have given in support the kids at Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage is simply extraordinary. We are honoured and humbled by your generosity.

With your help, we have rented a safe, secure house for two full years where all the kids can live. These children have lost parents, seen their houses destroyed, and were forced to live in two dirty, overcrowded tents for more than six months after the earthquake. They will not soon forget what you have given.

To celebrate your generous contribution and the new house, we recently held an art day. At the orphanage directors’ request, we distributed thank you signs which each child coloured. We hope that these sincere thank-yous convey what a difference you have made in the lives of some of Haiti’s most vulnerable children.

While this housing appeal is funded, we are still raising money to provide the children with school fees and money to pay for much needed vitamins and medical fees. If you are still inspired to give, or know someone who might be, please let them know about this page. We'll soon be revising this page to reflect our new fundraising goals.

Together we can make sure that these children not only have safe housing, but can access education and the medications they desperately need.

Again, thanks so much for your support. From all of us here in Haiti we wish you the happiest of holidays.

One of the tents where the children used to live
One of the tents where the children used to live
The new hosue - big improvement!
The new hosue - big improvement!
Very happy to be moved in!
Very happy to be moved in!
The kids saying "Thank You!!!"
The kids saying "Thank You!!!"
Enjoying an art day in her new home
Enjoying an art day in her new home
Two of the girls showing off their signs
Two of the girls showing off their signs

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Nov 29, 2010

Getting Ready for the Big Move!

Working hard to clear and clean the land
Working hard to clear and clean the land

Since our last update we've negotiated rent on a house and we’re very excited to announce that we’re now fixing up the property in anticipation of the orphanage’s big move! International and Haitian volunteers are currently working together to clear and clean the land and paint the house.

We wanted to take this opportunity to send you a message written by Loranzo Carlo – one of the staff members of the orphanage. He has been living with the children since the earthquake when the house where the orphanage used to be housed was destroyed forcing the children and staff to move into tents. No one better understands what your contribution has meant.

"Living with the kids under the tents during many months wasn’t easy for us especially when it was raining or very hot.

Because of these difficult conditions it was a humanitarian act to help us move from tents to a much more comfortable house and I want to say thanks for the way you’ve taken notice of the situation and contributed for the kids who are so vulnerable.

We are very grateful that you gave your support and the kids were very happy that they have experienced such unforgettable act which will stay in their memory. A big thanks to the EDV staff who were the witness of the situation of the kids and who felt concern and took the initiative to raise money to assure a better tomorrow for the Haitian kids.

The orphanage staff and the kids join together in one voice want to say thanks to all of you and reclaim GOD’S blessing upon each person who contributed to make this happen.

Thank you and Sincerely Yours,

Loranzo Carlo"

We're still raising funds for school fees and to outfit the house, so please help us keep the momentum going by letting friends and family know about our work in Haiti.

In the coming weeks and months as the kids move into their new house we’re looking forward to updating you on how they’re settling in. In the meantime, we just wanted to write and say thanks, again, from all of us here in Haiti.

Warm regards – and we hope all of our American donors had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a few of the kids who now have a new home
Just a few of the kids who now have a new home
A couple of the kids - not camera shy!
A couple of the kids - not camera shy!
Installing doors - work should be done in a week
Installing doors - work should be done in a week

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Oct 10, 2010

Housing Secured!

Emma with one of the kids your donation has housed
Emma with one of the kids your donation has housed

Hello all,

We hope you’re all well! We’re excited to write you with big news.

Following a donation of $3,000 from one of our US-based partners, Burners Without Borders (BWB) we can now say with assurance that we’ll be able to rent a safe house for all 47 children living at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage for two years!

We echo the emotions of the staff and kids living at the orphanage when we say we are awed and humbled by your support. The children who your donations will house have spent much of their young lives in dirty, unsafe shelter under threat of eviction. Your donations will provide these children with secure housing for the first time in their lives.

Success in this fundraising effort would not have been possible without the help of all who donated. So thank you all for your contributions.

We hope that this won’t be the end of your extraordinary support of the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage. With housing secure, we’re turning our attention to making sure that the children have tables to sit at when they eat, beds to sleep in, can afford to see a doctor when they’re ill, and have their school fees covered.

So while further donations won’t go specifically to housing, they will still be used to change the lives of these children.

We hope you’ll help us reach this goal of going beyond housing by telling your friends and family about Global Giving’s “Give more Get More Day”. On 12th October, Global Giving is matching all donations made on their site and waiving their 15% administrative fee. Donations will be matched on a sliding scale, so donations between $10 and $499 will be matched by 30%, donations between $500 and $999 will be matched by 40%, and contributions between $1,000 and $2,500 will be matched by 50%.

Again, thanks so much for your generosity. Your donations have changed the lives of these deserving kids. We're looking forward to sending you photos and updates as these kids settled into their new house!

If you have any further questions, ideas, or concerns feel free to email me at Media@EDVolunteers.org.

Another of the beautiful kids at the orphanage
Another of the beautiful kids at the orphanage
A group of the kids at the orphanage
A group of the kids at the orphanage

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Emma Taylor

Enderby, Licester United Kingdom

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