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,
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!
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.
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,
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!
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