Dec 22, 2020

Christmas is coming to the HTDC Orphanage

The children are all excited for Christmas
The children are all excited for Christmas

Christmas is now just days away and, although the overall situation in Haiti remains tough, the staff at the HTDC Orphanage are doing their best to bring the Children some festive cheer.

We asked Carlo the Orphanage Director for an update, and here’s what he had to say.

“The kids are all fine and doing well in school. We have 4 teachers, now 2 regular teachers and one English and one music.The kids like the new environment. We want to make it even better and are planning to repaint everything soon to make the place look better.

School closed for Christmas vacation on the 18th of December and we wish to make a good Christmas time for the kids this year. They are excited because Christmas is at the corner. We will do our best to keep everyone safe, healthy and happy. 

We are planning to do a party at the orphanage for Christmas and have pumpkins soup for Haitian Independence Day, which is 1st of January and then a big dinner for January 2nd.

For Christmas we would like to have gifts for all the kids. 

Kenson would like some new clothing and a new sneakers and a bicycle for him as a Christmas gift.

Mirlande would also like some new clothing and shoes, and some jewelry for her Christmas gift. Her twin brother Kervens also wants nice sneakers and clothing too.

Mariange would like to have some dolls and toy cars. She is a very excited kid and is always smiling with people and very helpful. So, we want to get her something nice.

Vaglin is also a very helpful and caring little boy. He would like a helicopter toy and cars for his Christmas gift”.

We know 2020 has been a tough year for everyone, but if you’re able to help provide some Christmas joy to these wonderful children in Haiti then we’d be very grateful as always.

If you have any questions about the orphanage and how we use your donations, or if you think you could help with donations and clothes and more in Florida, then please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Kenson would like some clothes and shoes
Kenson would like some clothes and shoes
Mirlande hopes for some shoes and jewellry
Mirlande hopes for some shoes and jewellry
Mariange would like a doll and some toy cars
Mariange would like a doll and some toy cars
Vaglin would love a helicopter and toy cars
Vaglin would love a helicopter and toy cars
Dec 22, 2020

Protecting families from floods thanks to you

The Grahame Maher in action
The Grahame Maher in action

Last month the Philippines was sadly struck by another deadly typhoon. Typhoon Vamco, known locally as typhoon Ulysses was the tenth typhoon of the 2020 Pacific typhoon season. Yet, this powerful category 4-equivalent became the second costliest in the country’s history.

In Metro Manila, Ulysses brought the worst flooding since typhoon Ketsana struck in 2009. For the residents of Banaba, just outside the capital the rapidly rising flood waters soon inundated houses leaving many residents trapped.

Thankfully, because of your amazing support over the years, these residents had flood rescue boats near to hand to protect them.

For example, in North and South Libis the Grahame Maher boat helped protect around 800 families and saw heavy use throughout the typhoon. Similarly, the Chris Taylor boat was immediately launched to protect the 500 families living in Zone 6, Barangay Ampid 1.

We’ve included some photos of these boats in action and we think they show better than words how important your support of this project really is. Thank you!

Yet, the flood rescue boats you’ve helped provide aren’t just protecting flood prone communities in Manila.

In our last project report we explained how we were just starting construction of a brand new boat destined for the Sierra Madre Mountains. That boat was completed in late September and delivered soon after. It was a hard slog into the mountains but the new Punduhan ng Dumagat boat is now helping to protect 60 indigenous families in case of the collapse of a nearby damn.

We hope such a collapse never happens, but as the boats in Manila show, it’s better to have them and not need them, than the other way around.

Once again, thank you so much for your ongoing support, and if you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

The Grahame Maher in action
The Grahame Maher in action
The Chris Taylor in action
The Chris Taylor in action
The new Punduhan ng Dumagat boat
The new Punduhan ng Dumagat boat
The new boat being delivered
The new boat being delivered
Nov 9, 2020

All settled in at the new HTDC Orphanage

Excitement over the new house
Excitement over the new house

Thanks to your incredible generosity the children of the HTDC Orphanage have now settled into their new home. In our last project report we explained how, after almost ten years, it was time to move the orphanage to a new house.

We asked Carlo, the orphanage Director, how the kids like the new place and he had this to say:

“The kids like the new place because they have a lot of space to play together. Kenson really likes having the shade in the garden. They are all happy because we moved the playground from the old house too”.

Carlo’s also taken the opportunity to make some more changes too:

I change the person that cooks for the kids too, and change the way we cook for a more balanced and better diet. They have vegetables 5 days a week now, and more meat too. It’s more expensive but it’s better and the kids are so happy because we do not give so much rice and beans. We do our best to give a little of everything and natural juice.”

Outside the gates though, things remain in tough Haiti overall. Carlo continued his updates:

“The political situation is getting worse, and the insecurity is worse with a lot of kidnapping happening. Schools are open but kids can not go to school everyday because of riots and people burning tires. So, we are opening a school today at the orphanage. We hire 3 teachers and one English teacher for the kids. My fiancé is helping to train the teachers - she did the first session last weekend and we will continue every weekend too . 

I still need to buy many books so that they can help the kids to improve their English and other lessons, but the money we get from overseas is less now. The USD is now around 70-75 Gourdes for a Dollar, when we used to get almost 100 Gourdes for a Dollar. But the prices stay the same”.

To help Carlo and the children deal with all these challenges, we’ve recently stepped up the amount of help we’re providing each month. This wouldn’t be possible without your continued donations. So, as always, thank you so much for all your amazing support.

Carlo’s also working hard to reduce his costs where he can and he’s currently appealing for donations of clothes and other items that can be shipped from Florida. He explained as follows:

I have a friend in West Palm Beach in Florida. He has a spare room we can use to collect donations. When we receive enough items we can ship them to Haiti and the orphanage. That will take about two weeks. Our need is clothes, shoes, vitamins, dried food is also possible and that would help too. Other things are diapers for the babies, and toys, or anything that can help with kids”.

If you have any questions about the orphanage and how we use your donations, or if you think you could help with donations and clothes and more in Florida, then please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

It's all smiles thanks to you
It's all smiles thanks to you
Another satisfied customer :)
Another satisfied customer :)
The playground was moved from the old house
The playground was moved from the old house
 
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