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Dec 20, 2010

A Look at the Difference Your Donations Have Made

One of the children in her new house
One of the children in her new house

Hello all!

The fact that more than 130 individuals have given in support the kids at Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage is simply extraordinary. We are honoured and humbled by your generosity.

With your help, we have rented a safe, secure house for two full years where all the kids can live. These children have lost parents, seen their houses destroyed, and were forced to live in two dirty, overcrowded tents for more than six months after the earthquake. They will not soon forget what you have given.

To celebrate your generous contribution and the new house, we recently held an art day. At the orphanage directors’ request, we distributed thank you signs which each child coloured. We hope that these sincere thank-yous convey what a difference you have made in the lives of some of Haiti’s most vulnerable children.

While this housing appeal is funded, we are still raising money to provide the children with school fees and money to pay for much needed vitamins and medical fees. If you are still inspired to give, or know someone who might be, please let them know about this page. We'll soon be revising this page to reflect our new fundraising goals.

Together we can make sure that these children not only have safe housing, but can access education and the medications they desperately need.

Again, thanks so much for your support. From all of us here in Haiti we wish you the happiest of holidays.

One of the tents where the children used to live
One of the tents where the children used to live
The new hosue - big improvement!
The new hosue - big improvement!
Very happy to be moved in!
Very happy to be moved in!
The kids saying "Thank You!!!"
The kids saying "Thank You!!!"
Enjoying an art day in her new home
Enjoying an art day in her new home
Two of the girls showing off their signs
Two of the girls showing off their signs

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Nov 29, 2010

Getting Ready for the Big Move!

Working hard to clear and clean the land
Working hard to clear and clean the land

Since our last update we've negotiated rent on a house and we’re very excited to announce that we’re now fixing up the property in anticipation of the orphanage’s big move! International and Haitian volunteers are currently working together to clear and clean the land and paint the house.

We wanted to take this opportunity to send you a message written by Loranzo Carlo – one of the staff members of the orphanage. He has been living with the children since the earthquake when the house where the orphanage used to be housed was destroyed forcing the children and staff to move into tents. No one better understands what your contribution has meant.

"Living with the kids under the tents during many months wasn’t easy for us especially when it was raining or very hot.

Because of these difficult conditions it was a humanitarian act to help us move from tents to a much more comfortable house and I want to say thanks for the way you’ve taken notice of the situation and contributed for the kids who are so vulnerable.

We are very grateful that you gave your support and the kids were very happy that they have experienced such unforgettable act which will stay in their memory. A big thanks to the EDV staff who were the witness of the situation of the kids and who felt concern and took the initiative to raise money to assure a better tomorrow for the Haitian kids.

The orphanage staff and the kids join together in one voice want to say thanks to all of you and reclaim GOD’S blessing upon each person who contributed to make this happen.

Thank you and Sincerely Yours,

Loranzo Carlo"

We're still raising funds for school fees and to outfit the house, so please help us keep the momentum going by letting friends and family know about our work in Haiti.

In the coming weeks and months as the kids move into their new house we’re looking forward to updating you on how they’re settling in. In the meantime, we just wanted to write and say thanks, again, from all of us here in Haiti.

Warm regards – and we hope all of our American donors had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a few of the kids who now have a new home
Just a few of the kids who now have a new home
A couple of the kids - not camera shy!
A couple of the kids - not camera shy!
Installing doors - work should be done in a week
Installing doors - work should be done in a week

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Nov 23, 2010

Soccer for Haiti and Community Collaboration

One of the players you're donation wil support
One of the players you're donation wil support

Hello all!

First and foremost, thanks so much for your contribution to community based soccer in Haiti.

Since our initial investment in this programme, we've witnessed the power of sports in bringing communities together. In Haiti, many people feel strongly connected to their immediate neighbors, but not to those who live around the corner or down the block.

When these community teams play against one and other, coaches, friends, and families who wouldn't otherwise meet start to talk and realise how much they have in common. This community cohesion is key to long-term recovery in Haiti.

And the long term effects on community aren’t the only benefit that community sports bring. For young people devastated by the earthquake the positive effects of belonging to a team cannot be overstated.

We see the way team members they support each other and how much it changes their lives, but we need your support to keep these Haitian youths playing! Help us keep Haiti's youth playing and the community connected and talking through sport by telling your friends and family about our project in Port au Prince and why you support it.

Thanks again for your support and take care.

Warm regards,

Emma Taylor

Team photo!
Team photo!
The opposing team
The opposing team
Pre-game huddle.
Pre-game huddle.

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