School for 30 Disabled Kids Affected by Haiyan

May 26, 2014

You're helping Vince thrive!

You're changing Vince's life!

First of all, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who gave on GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day. With matching, you gave a fantastic $4,280 to support children like Vince.

Vince is 3 and he has autism. His family lost everything when typhoon Haiyan struck and coping with his special needs has been a huge challenge for Vince's parents.

Happily, thanks to you, we've repaired and re-opened Vince's school so that Vince can get the therapy he needs to learn, grow and thrive. Re-opening the Aram Learning Studio was a big job, but we’re not stopping there.

Over the next few months your donations will allow us to help the Aram Learning Studio get back on its feet and work toward self-sufficiency once again. That means investing in their infrastructure, teachers and helping them expand the school.

All of these plans will need your support to become reality. But we’re in lucky – Microsoft is joining our efforts to support kids like Vince. In exactly a month, Microsoft will double your donations through its Youth Spark Programme.

That makes June 25th a very exciting day.

As always, if you every have any questions about how your gifts are changing lives, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you!

 Thanks again and very kind regards from our team here at IDV! 

Apr 16, 2014

"I started this school with one classroom and an office space borrowed from my mother in law"

You can help him stay in school!
You can help him stay in school!

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who gave on February 12th! Your donations have inspired hope in the Philippines and allowed us to continue supporting the Aram Learning Studio.

We’d also like to apologise for the long delay between our updates. Although Typhoon Haiyan struck over four months ago, communications are still very difficult. Our team doesn’t have power much of the time, and getting information out is a challenge. We’re actively seeking solutions so that we can update you more regularly, but until then we hope you’ll bear with us!

Our work with Aram is rapidly expanding. The school’s founder, Charina, wrote this letter expressing her gratitude for re-opening the school. She’s thanking our organisation – IDV – but we wouldn’t have been able to help Charina without you.

“Teacher Firie and I started this school with one classroom and an office space borrowed from my mother in law. As more parents have approached us, the school has grown.

The typhoon dealt us a new set of challenges. Even with our own personal challenges, we recognized the school's special role in helping the community. [I left right after the storm, but] I soon went back to Tacloban to help clean the school. It was the Universe's way of answering us when [IDV staff] Dave and Dagmara…found out about the school.

Firie and I were getting ready to start, once again, with just a single classroom. IDV gave us the chance to reopen as a fully functioning school. Because of this, we can hope to move ahead with the children.”

Charina has big plans for the future. Working with a larger organisation called “The Center of Blended Learning” she wants to expand the school and start holding seminars to help main-stream schools manage students with special needs.

But Charina also has concerns about the future. “Many first response aid will be removed soon. Stability of livelihood is a challenge of many.”

With your support, we’ll keep the Aram Learning Studio’s teachers employed and expand the school. These ambitious plans have the power to change children’s lives in Tacloban – but they won’t be possible without you.

Today, and today only, your gifts to the Aram learning studio will be matched by 50%. Your gifts will fund teacher’s salaries, construction to expand the school, more school supplies and enriching therapy for kids with special needs.

Please give what you can so that Charina can keep supporting the community’s most vulnerable kids.

Thanks so much, and – as always – if you have any questions about how we’re using your donations please don’t hesitate to email

Feb 11, 2014

The school is open thanks to you!

Back in school thanks to you!
Back in school thanks to you!

Fantastic news! Thanks to your generosity, repairs on the school are complete and 17 children are back in class.

Your gifts funded a whole new electrical system for the school, new furniture, books, new doors and windows, mold removal, and repainting. Thanks so much for re-opening the Aaram Learning Studio and getting kids like Shane back to school.

In recognition of the school’s fantastic work and the increased need of families like Shane’s, we’re also now also committed to helping pay teacher salaries and contributing to the school’s costs for the coming months.

Prior to the storm, Aram received no government support and therefore had to charge parents school fees. Where parents struggled to pay, the school was able to offer scholarships or other forms of support. But now, parents can’t pay and the school has no income.

Over the next six months to a year, we’ll work with the school to meet its costs and enroll more kids while also looking at ways that the school can generate income.

With the support of donors like you, Aram will be able to not only provide school and therapy for Shane and his classmates, but will also re-open courses for older children with disabilities to develop job skills, restart parenting classes, and hold many more psycho-social sessions for Haiyan affected children.

We currently have funds in hand to support the school for the next three months – but beyond that we need your support. This Valentines day, we hope you’ll show the kids at Aram a little love by giving what you on February 12th. Why the 12th and not the 14th you ask? Because on the 12th, GlobalGiving will add 30% to your gift!

Your gift of just $10 can fund an enriching art class for three kids or a counseling session for an older child. Please give what you can on the 12th.

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and if you have any questions about our work please don’t hesitate to email

Receiving play based therapy because of your gifts
Receiving play based therapy because of your gifts
Jan 13, 2014

Your Life-Changing Holiday Gifts

Art therapy - thanks to you!
Art therapy - thanks to you!

We’d like to extend a warm thank you for your generosity! Together, you’ve given a fantastic $2,850 this holiday season.

Your generosity has allowed repairs to begin at the Aram learning studio! We now expect the school to permanently re-open soon, and it has already run several short-term therapy sessions for affected children.

Given the long-term needs of the children who attend school at Aram, parents’ lack of ability to pay school fees, and local government’s inability to help the school, we’re also now committing to supporting the school over the next few months and possibly much longer. 

That means that, with your support, we’ll ensure that the community’s most vulnerable kids have their needs met by funding teacher’s salaries, meals for children, and much more. We’ll publicise details of our long-term plans at Aram as they develop – so keep checking back!

None of these exciting developments would be possible without you – thanks so much!

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!

Thanks for giving staff a reason to smile!
Thanks for giving staff a reason to smile!
Dec 30, 2013

Resolve to make 2014 a year of giving

Your gift will get Vince back to school
Your gift will get Vince back to school

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

It’s been a tough Christmas for many in Tacloban, but thanks to you we’re well on our way to restarting the services that children like Shane so desperately need.

Your support means that Shane’s family – and survivors like them - know that the world hasn’t forgotten them. In other words, this Christmas, you gave them the gift of hope.

Recovery at the Aram learning studio is just beginning. We need to rewire the building, replace countless lost supplies, and buy new doors and windows to replace what the storm destroyed before the school can re-open.

This New Year, we hope you’ll resolve to help us reopen the Aram Learning Studio by setting up a recurring donation. Your monthly gift will help us give children with developmental Disabilities like Shane the help they need. When you set up your recurring donation before the ball drops, 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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Emma Taylor

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