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Aug 5, 2019

Thanks for stopping Wisly from going hungry

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

Thanks so much for helping to provide a year* of food for fifteen year old Wisly.

Wisly’s dad died in the 2010 Haitian earthquake, and Wisly was one of ten kids his mom had to care for alone. Wisly’s mom couldn’t afford to look after all the kids, so she abandoned Wisly and two of his brothers at the HTDC orphanage.

Wisly’s mom hoped the orphanage could feed him, but with so many other hungry mouths to feed, the orphanage also struggled from day to day. 

Without healthy food, Wisly was listless. He didn’t play or run around. But now - thanks to you - the orphanage staff can barely keep up with him.  

Because of you, Wisly now enjoys three nutritious meals every day - and we’ll be able to keep providing the food he needs to stay healthy and keep on growing.

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

We’ll keep updating you about Wisly and all his friends at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage right here on GlobalGiving. 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 Wisly’s future bright, and our warmest regards!

*Donations to this project will cover Wisly's share of the food costs over a year, but will be spent on all the children in parallel as we fundraise for each in turn.

Jul 5, 2019

Another flood rescue boat - thanks to you!

The boat hull leaving the workshop
The boat hull leaving the workshop

Thanks to your fantastic generosity our next flood rescue boat is now nearing completion!

Our boats have rescued hundreds of families over the years and we’re delighted to now be building our eleventh rescue boat in total.

As we described in our last project report this latest boat will be provided to the vulnerable river community in Zone 6 of Barangay Ampid 1, just outside Manila. This area floods regularly, and has been seriously affected by major storms in the past, so this new boat will play a vital role in keeping families safe when the next disaster inevitably strikes.

Our amazing local partner, Buklod Tao, have been sending a steady stream of photos over the last few weeks and it’s been amazing to watch the boat and its accompanying trailer take shape. We’ve included several photos with this report so you can see the process too!

As usual, the new boat is constructed from fibre-glass, which is built-up in layers using a mould. Once the main hull is built there’s still a lot to do to add bracing, seats and paddles - all of which are also made out of fibre-glass.

With much of the work done the boat was recently moved from its workshop, and will soon be ready for its paint job and stickers. As with our last few boats, we’re honoured to be dedicating this latest boat to the memory of someone close to IDV.

We don’t want to spoil the surprise however, so we won’t be announcing the name of this new boat just yet. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on progress right here on Global Giving, so please stay tuned for updates.

In the interim a huge thank you once again for helping to build rescue boats in flood prone communities.

If you have any questions meanwhile please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

The first fibreglass layers laid in the mould
The first fibreglass layers laid in the mould
The hull removed from the mould
The hull removed from the mould
Floor bracing being added
Floor bracing being added
The floor is laid on top of the braces
The floor is laid on top of the braces
The boat will come with a trailer
The boat will come with a trailer
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
 
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