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Sep 18, 2019

Playgrounds and plans at the HTDC Orphanage

A wonderful new playground, thanks to you!
A wonderful new playground, thanks to you!

Thanks to your amazing generosity the kids at the HTDC Orphanage have all enjoyed their summer despite the overall situation in Haiti remaining fragile.

The political unrest we described in our last report has continued as fuel shortages have hit the country. Major highways in Port-au-Prince have been blocked by protesters angry at rising prices. 

This means travel around the city continues to be difficult, even dangerous, and so taking the children out on trips hasn’t been possible.

Happily, the orphanage Director Carlo has found a solution to keep the kids occupied. Rather than take the children out for entertainment he’s brought the entertainment to them!

In August, with your support and the support of others, a playground was built on the orphanage’s property. Artificial grass has been laid. Swings, a roundabout and a see-saw have been installed, and there’s even a little pool to keep the kids cool in the heat of the day.

Carlo had this to say about the playground:

“We would like to thank IDV’s donors for all the help because without you guys we wouldn’t have that place for the kids to play. The kids never get tired of playing and the new little pool for them to swim, they stay all day this summer on the playground.”

We also asked the kids what they thought and Keson had this to say:

The playground looks like other playgrounds I see in the movies! Thank you!”

We agree that the playground looks amazing and we’ve included some photos in this report. It’s fantastic that even though turmoil continues on the streets outside, the orphanage remains a safe, stimulating oasis inside. Thanks so much for making this possible.

Carlo’s not stopped with the playground however, and he’s also been working hard on future plans for the orphanage.

While their current house meets all the children’s needs we’ve always remained conscious that the orphanage remains reliant on donor’s generosity to pay the rent.

So, for many years Carlo’s vision has been to build their own house on land you helped them to buy many years ago. For a long while this vision remained just that, but this year Carlo’s started looking at ways to make this dream a reality. He explained as follows:

For the construction we now have an estimate for about $115,000 but this is for two levels of the building. For now we can start with  the first floor. This would have 2 dormitories for about 40 kids and two toilets and bathrooms on each dormitory, a living room, office and a little clinic. In the back we can have a playground for the kids. We can take the material you helped us with this summer. We estimate everything for the first floor will cost $60,000”

This isn’t a small amount of money but given that the rent is currently over $10,000 a year in the long-term building a new house would make the orphanage much more sustainable.

So, we’re keen to help if we can, and over the coming weeks and months we’ll be working with Carlo to develop a more detailed budget and plan. So, stay tuned for more updates.

Meanwhile, thanks so much again for your continued support. 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.

Artificial grass can be moved with the orphanage
Artificial grass can be moved with the orphanage
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There's even a small pool for staying cool
Concept drawings for the new orphanage
Concept drawings for the new orphanage
Sep 16, 2019

More impacts in Banaba, thanks to you!

The Chris Taylor boat is protecting 300 families
The Chris Taylor boat is protecting 300 families

Thanks to your incredible support we’re continuing our vital work helping vulnerable Filipino families prepare for disaster.

Firstly, the new flood rescue boat we described in our last project report was completed in August. This new boat, the Chris Taylor, is now in place and protecting 300 vulnerable families in Zone 6 of Brgy Ampid 1 in Banaba. One of the residents, Rose, had this to say at the boat handover:

“Thank you so much to IDV’s donors for your undying support and love for the community of Banaba and Ampid San Mateo Rizal. God bless you always.”

We echo Rose’s thanks and are even more delighted to report that the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Centre has been a veritable boat yard since The Chris Tayor was completed.

We’ve provided eleven boats since 2013, which have rescued hundreds of families in total, but their years of service had left them in need of a little TLC. So, over the last few weeks we've worked with our local partner, Buklod Tao, to restore and refresh the fleet.

At one point the previously provided Nova Mills, Helen Thompson, Grahame Maher and GlobalGiving rescue boats were all dry-docked at the Centre while waiting to be returned to their communities. 

When the Nova Mills was returned to the Armpac area of Banaba we asked local resident, Joseph, how this boat helped his community:

"The Nova Mills boat is a big, big help, especially when the ferocious southwest monsoon (Habagat) struck last year (2018). We were able to use The Noval Mills boat to rescue residents of the community when the flood waters reached chest high. We are very grateful. Special thanks to IDV's donors for providing this help".

Secondly, the rainwater harvesting system and solar water purifier we also described in our last report is working like a dream.

We asked Buklod Tao’s President, Ka Noli, what impact this was having and he had this to say:

“The water purifier has given us opportunities to save on potable water. Instead of buying from the commercial water stations, Buklod Tao in just one month is able to save the cost of eighty liters of water by simply collecting rainwater and passing it through the four-stage water purification. These savings will have a rippling effect to our members as we can use the money for other projects to help the community".

Thanks so much for making all this possible. 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.

Four boats dry docked after restoration
Four boats dry docked after restoration
Drinking water from the sky!
Drinking water from the sky!
Cheers to your incredible support
Cheers to your incredible support
Aug 5, 2019

Thanks for keeping a roof over Nolson's head

On behalf of Nolson "Thank You!" so much
On behalf of Nolson "Thank You!" so much

Thanks so much for helping to provide a safe home for Nolson.

Nolson’s dad died in the 2010 earthquake, leaving his mom to look after ten children. She couldn't provide for them all, so she abandoned Nolson and two of his brothers at the HTDC orphanage. 

Nolson’s mom hoped the orphanage could keep a roof over his head, but safe houses large enough for all the kids are very expensive in Port-au-Prince. The orphanage can’t afford to pay it’s own rent and, without your help, Nolson was in danger of becoming a homeless street-kid.

But now, because of you, Nolson will continue to have a safe home. Your donations will help pay the rent and provide caregivers, water and electricity for Nolson for a year*.

Nolson has a bright future because you gave. There are so many things you could have spent your hard earned money on, but you chose Nolson. Thanks so much.

We’ll keep updating you about Nolson and all his friends at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage 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 for making Nolson’s future bright, and our warmest regards!

*Please note, that the orphanage is home to around thirty children. Your donations to this project will cover Nolson’s share of the 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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