Give 30 Orphaned Children a Sustainable Income

Aug 6, 2014

Celebrating achievement to teach responsibility

Celebrating achievement at the orphanage
Celebrating achievement at the orphanage

Thanks to the support of donors like you the kids at the HTDC orphanage are continuing to thrive!

The school year has just finished and six kids “graduated” kindergarten and will be moving onto elementary school this fall.

The orphanage held a special graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievement, and its partly by rewarding achievements in this way that the orphanage leaders teach the kids about responsibility while also having fun.

But, the orphanage leaders’ successful methods show every day, not just on special events like graduation.

The older kids continue to get involved with helping around the orphanage. For example, by helping organize “summer camp” now school is out. The older kids also help the younger kids learn about responsibility by organizing competitions to see who has the tidiest room, or does their homework first.

In this way all the kids at the orphanage help out while also having fun. Over the past three years donors like you have given their hard earned money to make all this possible. But while the orphanage is extremely grateful they’re also keen to be financially independent one day.

That’s why your donations to this project are so important. We’ll use them to buy the orphanage a bus it can rent out and earn an income. The orphanage leaders teach the kids everyday that it’s important to work hard and take responsibility. So thank you for letting them begin to take responsibility for the future of the kids themselves.

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you.

May 28, 2014

Nathaelle wants to say thank you

Thanks for giving Nathaelle a future!
Thanks for giving Nathaelle a future!

Thanks to a recent $5,000 donation, we only need to raise another $9,000 to fund a bus for the HTDC orphanage and give Nathaelle a secure future

None of the children is more aware of the difference the bus businesses you’re funding will make than Nathaelle, because Nathaelle was the very first child taken in by the orphanage.

Nathaelle was abandoned in 1999 when she was just a few months old. At that point the HTDC orphanage didn’t formally exist. The orphanage’s founder, Denise, heard about Nathaelle’s plight and realised she couldn’t leave the baby to fend for herself. HTDC was born when Denise took Nathaelle in.

Nathaelle has been through massive ups and downs with the orphanage. Sometimes, before the earthquake, things were ok. Other months, they were short of food and she couldn’t go to school.

As one of the oldest children at the orphanage, when the earthquake struck she helped the adults care for the younger children through incredibly difficult circumstances. Living in tents, with no idea where the next meal was coming from, Nathaelle had to grow up fast.

Since 2011, things have stabilised thanks to the support of donors like you, but Nathaelle knows that the orphanage still isn’t secure. After all, she’s seen the orphanage’s lean years.

But now, things are different. Nathaelle has hope for a secure future because you’re moving the orphanage ever closer to generating its own income. Even better, GlobalGiving is joining the fight for sustainability at HTDC.

Next month, GlobalGiving will match your gifts by 50%. This means that GlobalGiving will turn your $50 gift into $75. We hope you’ll give what you can on July 16th to make the most of this opportunity!

If you ever have any questions about how we’re using your gifts, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you!

Mar 10, 2014

Joy and learning at HTDC!

The joy you
The joy you've made possible!

First and foremost – thanks so much to everyone who gave on GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day! Your gifts on February 12th went 30% further to change the lives of children like Bodlina.

Bodlina and all the kids at the orphanage have had an especially good month because donors around the world have given us the funds we need to invest in enriching activities for the kids.

Those funds couldn’t have come at a better time because this month is Carnival in Haiti! Port-au-Prince's annual Carnival is one of the largest Mardi Gras carnivals in the Caribbean and North America. Carnival is celebrated with music, bands and parades and music is central to the celebrations.

Carnival has been celebrated in Haiti since 1804 and is an important part of Haitian history, but many of the kids at HTDC have never had the means to take part in the celebrations.

This year, thanks to international donors, the kids have joined in to the festivities by dressing up, putting on their own show and learning about Carnival’s past in their country.

But while everyone enjoyed Carnival, the staff couldn’t help but wonder if they’d be able to celebrate next year. After all, they rely on the generosity of donors to fund these events, so they’re never able to plan very far in advance.

Happily, you’re changing the staff’s position. With your support, by next year’s Carnival the kids will be decorating their very own bus to use in the parade – and those decorations will be paid for by the bus’s own profits!

Thanks so much for investing in the orphanage’s sustainability.

If you ever have any questions on how your donation is changing lives at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage, please don’t hesitate to email me at I would be delighted to hear from you.

Very kind regards,

Dressed up for carnival
Dressed up for carnival
Jan 13, 2014

Thanks for your support this Holiday Season!

Jumping for Joy Thanks to You!
Jumping for Joy Thanks to You!

We’d like to extend a warm thank you for your generosity! Together, you’ve given a fantastic $3,193 this holiday season to help create a more sustainable HTDC.

Your gifts are changing kids like Jean-Wilkenson’s lives. Before arriving at the orphanage, Wilkenson lived on the streets selling water. Donors around the world have supported Wilkenson since 2010, but his future is still insecure because the orphanage isn’t self-sufficient.

But now, thanks to you, the orphanage is well on its way to running its own businesses and giving Wilkenson a secure future. 

As always, if you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation please don’t hesitate to email I would love to hear from you!

Thanks again, and very kind regards


Dec 30, 2013

Resolve to make 2014 a year of giving

Thanks for helping them have a Merry Christmas!
Thanks for helping them have a Merry Christmas!

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and thanks so much to everyone who has set up recurring donations following our appeal on the 20th!

Today, we’re looking back on 2013. It’s been a fantastic year. Thanks to donors worldwide, we gave the orphanage’s existing kids the education, food, safe home, and enriching activities they need to grow into tomorrow’s leaders. In fact, the year went so well we were  able to welcome three new children.

Those new kids, like Kristelle, had an incredibly difficult 2013. But thanks to our global network of supporters just like you, they have a safe, loving home – and they’ve had a Merry Christmas completely with a visit from Santa and a Turkey dinner.

Even better, the the orphanage has been able to launch a business selling eggs! Starting the orphanage’s chicken business is a huge step, and egg sales will start soon.

But we still don’t have the funding we need to launch the orphanage’s bus business. Without the bus business, the orphanage will remain predominantly reliant on international aid.

This New Year, we hope you’ll resolve to help us give kids like Kristelle a secure future by setting up a monthly donation for 2014. When you set up your recurring donation before the ball drops and 2014 begins, GlobalGiving will match your gift.

Set up your monthly donation here 

If you’re not ready to commit to a monthly donation, your one-off donation, whatever its size, will be gratefully received.

Thanks so much, and we wish you a very Happy New Year!


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