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Jan 12, 2011

Marking the anniversary of the earthquake

Volunteers enjoying their time on site
Volunteers enjoying their time on site

As we mark the one year anniversary of the earthquake, you’re likely to hear many stories about how aid has been diverted, delayed, and how survivors are not getting what they need despite the big promises made.

It can all seem very disheartening and, after reading these reports, some have asked us if their donation has mattered – if there is still hope for Haiti.

While we certainly won’t make light of the issues in the aid effort for Haiti, the hopeless situation presented in some media outlets doesn’t match the situation we see on the ground every day. Survivors continue to make progress step by step. They’ve not lost hope, and neither should we.

So tomorrow, we’ll be marking the anniversary with our friends and community contacts helping those most in need, and maybe even taking a few orphaned children for a swim.

In the face of the many hurdles facing Haiti as recovery continues, we’d like to leave you with the words of a good friend as he talked about EDV, the anniversary, and Haiti.

I am progressing forward, now helping myself and other people become better – become stronger. It was our blessing to have EDV in Haiti to keep our faith strong. Now I think that together, “yes we can!”

Thanks for all you’ve done for Haitian survivors, and take care.

Some of Haiti
Some of Haiti's beautiful kids
Two residents of a local orphanage
Two residents of a local orphanage

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Jan 2, 2011

Hope for Haiti in 2011

One of the kids saying thank you!
One of the kids saying thank you!

Hello all,

As we begin a new year, EDV continues to grow rapidly in Haiti. We have built transitional classrooms, supplied school supplies to more than 700 children, housed 47 orphaned children, and secured the free education of more than 30 further orphans.

But what we’re most excited about is the enthusiasm of the community leaders with whom we work. They have gone from simply asking us for help to proposing new projects themselves and pushing us to do more.

Our language exchange is a prime example. The community has now taken the lead and is transforming our informal exchange into a proper class. It’s this sense of purpose – this empowerment – of earthquake survivors that keeps us hopeful and excited about the future.

To bring home what your donations have meant in the past year, we’ve prepared a report detailing EDV’s success in Haiti during our first five months on the ground. It’s in the links section of this update. We hope you’ll take a moment to read it and consider what your donations have meant.

We also wanted to send you a recent profile of one of EDV’s founders who has been featured as part of Fast Company’s new series: Change Generation. It's also in the links section of this update.

EDV wouldn’t be making changes in the world without your inspiring support. With your help, 2011 will be even better than 2010.

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and we hope you had a Happy New Year!

International volunteers and kids playing
International volunteers and kids playing
Haitian staff with some of the kids on a work site
Haitian staff with some of the kids on a work site

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Jan 2, 2011

A New Year of Playing in Port au Prince

Getting ready for a game
Getting ready for a game

Hello all,

Since we posted this project on Global Giving, the growth of our soccer programme has delighted us. With your help we’ve provided shoes, uniforms, balls, and goals. While we’ve only been able to fund a few teams to date, the results are already showing.

Teams generally play during the summer months, but this year they decided to organise a mini championship over Christmas as well. More than 100 youths turned out to compete during their break from school.

Again and again we hear the same thing from the youths who play in the league your donations support: Football seems like a small thing, but it brings hope and a positive outlet for youths who need it most.

As we move into 2011, we’re hoping to provide a fresh start for all 12 of the teams your donations will support.

Please tell a friend about this project and help us keep youths playing in Port au Prince, and thanks so much for your support!

In motion!
In motion!
Team shot
Team shot

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