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Jun 19, 2019

Thanks so much for your vital support

Some of the kids waiting for their Easter dinner
Some of the kids waiting for their Easter dinner

Thanks to your ongoing generosity the kids at the HTDC Orphanage in Haiti continue to have a safe home, food and an education.

Your support is more vital now than ever as the political problems we described in our last report have continued to plague Port-au-Prince. Carlo, the orphanage director, explained:

“We all are doing OK but the situation here is not good at all because of protests.On the south and the north side of Port-au-Prince there is gang members fighting all the time, and people are dying everyday. Most of the older kids understand the situation and they are asking questions about it, especially when they hear gunshots and news”.

It’s a traumatic time in general, and the situation is also having knock-on effects on the kids education. Carlo continued:

“Because of the situation we can’t finish the exams. We are trying to make sure we finish the exams this week, but not all the teacher can make it because of shooting and gunshots everywhere and every day since June 9”.

It’s sad to hear updates like these, particularly when so many of the kids have already had to deal with so many challenges in their lives. But Carlo and the rest of the orphanage staff are really committed, and we know they’ll find a way to soldier on as long as supporters like you continue to rally round.

For example, while travel is risky Carlo was still able to organise a special dinner for the kids over Easter, and this provided some much needed cheer.

Carlo’s also still hopeful that he can keep the kids entertained over the summer. He explained as follows:

“We were planning to go to the beach this coming Saturday, but if the protests continue we will take the kids to a swimming pool instead.

For July we are planning a summer camp. We will try to have a music class for the kids and art classes to make sandals and more. Because the normal teachers can’t travel, my church is willing to help me with some teachers they have to help us organize the summer camp”.

As always we’re amazed by Carlo’s resilience, but we also know that his determination and optimism are a direct result of knowing that you’re there to help in tough times. Thank you so much, now more than ever.

If you ever have any questions about the orphanage and how we use your donations, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

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Sitting down to eat
Sitting down to eat
Jun 17, 2019

Preparing communities for disaster, thanks to you!

A cubicle ready to be equipped with bedding
A cubicle ready to be equipped with bedding

Thanks to your continued generosity the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Centre is a hive of community activity at the moment.

Firstly, the cubicles we described in our last project report have come on leaps and bounds. Thanks to your donations another seventeen cubicles have been installed on the Centre’s top floor. These cubicles will each provide another family with privacy and dignity while sheltering in the building during disasters. Thank you so much.

Secondly, our last report also described how your generosity had enabled us to provide a solar powered water purifier for the Centre. With this system now in place it’s possible to ensure that collected rainwater can be made fully potable. So, your donations have also been used to install a rainwater harvesting system to make the building even more self-reliant during storms and floods. Thanks for making this possible too.

Next, and again with your support, we’ve also helped our local partner Buklod Tao to undertake some essential maintenance on the truck we donated back in 2017.

This truck has been a real workhorse over the years, helping to transport everything from flood rescue boats to groups of children attending Christmas parties at the Centre. Buklod Tao’s founder, Ka Noli, sent his thanks as follows:

Thank you to the donors for helping with the much needed repair of the metal flooring of the IDV-donated multicab truck. The welder, Bro Vic, has already finished the repairs at the left side, i.e. the driver’s seat. The next job is the fixing of the holes at the right side flooring. Salamat po for your help!”

Finally, we’re also delighted to announce that we’ve now also started work on yet another flood rescue boat and trailer. When complete this boat will protect 300 families in Zone 6 of Brgy Ampid 1 from rapidly rising flood water. This boat is funded via another of our GlobalGiving projects. Stay tuned to that project page for more updates about this boat coming soon.

All these activities, which have only been possible thanks to your support, are helping prepare the local community for the next disaster that will inevitably strike. Thanks so much for your continued generosity.

We’ll keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Rain water is now being harvested
Rain water is now being harvested
Bro Vic making repairs to the truck
Bro Vic making repairs to the truck
Our latest flood rescue boat is taking shape
Our latest flood rescue boat is taking shape
Jun 3, 2019

Thanks for keeping Christelle in School

On behalf of Christelle, "Thank You!" so much
On behalf of Christelle, "Thank You!" so much

Thanks so much for helping to provide a year* of school for Christelle.

Christelle’s dad was forced to abandon her after Christelle’s mum left. He couldn't afford to feed Christelle or send her to school. So Christelle’s dad brought her to the HTDC orphanage who he hoped could care for her.

But with so many needs, like food, to worry about, the orphanage couldn’t provide Christelle with an education. Without an education, Christelle’s future looked bleak. Without basic literacy and numeracy, she would almost certainly have been doomed to the same life of poverty as her parents.

Yet Christelle is lucky - she has you in her life.

Your fantastic generosity will keep Christelle in school and learning the skills she needs to build a brighter tomorrow. We’re able to support Christelle because you chose to give. There are so many things you could have spent your hard earned money on, but you chose Christelle. Thanks so much.

We’ll keep updating you about Christelle and all her classmates through this project’s parent page, Provide a Safe Home for Haitian Orphans. If you ever have any questions about how we're using your donation, please email andy@IDVolunteers.org. We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again, and very kind regards!

*Note that the orphanage is home to around thirty children. Donations to this project will cover Christelle’s school costs over a year, but will be spent on all the children in parallel as we fundraise for each in turn.

 
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