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Apr 1, 2019

Thanks for keeping a roof over Kenson's head

On behalf of Kenson, "Thank You!" so much.
On behalf of Kenson, "Thank You!" so much.

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

Kenson's mum is alive but she's homeless and couldn't afford to feed him or keep him safe. So, she was forced to abandon Kenson at the HTDC orphanage.

Kenson’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 its own rent and, without your help, Kenson was in danger of becoming a homeless street-kid.

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

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

We’ll keep updating you about Kenson 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 Kenson’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 Kenson’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.

 

Apr 1, 2019

Thanks for keeping Novelie in school

On behalf of Novelie, "Thank You!" so much.
On behalf of Novelie, "Thank You!" so much.

Thanks so much for helping to provide a year* of school for Novelie.

Novelie is six and after her mom died she was left in the care of a young aunt. Novelie's aunt couldn't afford to care for her and so she brought her to the HTDC orphanage. Novelie’s aunt was heartbroken to give her up, but she was almost a child herself.

Novelie’s aunt hoped the orphanage could care for her. But with so many basic needs, like food, to worry about, the orphanage couldn’t afford to send Novelie to school.

Without an education, Novelie’s future looked bleak. Without basic literacy and numeracy, she would almost certainly have been doomed to a life of poverty.

But Novelie is lucky - she has you in her life.

Your fantastic generosity means that we’ll be able to keep Novelie in school and learning the skills she needs to build a brighter tomorrow. Novelie’s been doing really well in school, but if she needs extra help we’ll be there to get her the tutoring she needs.

We’ll be able to support Novelie because you chose to give. There are so many things you could have spent your hard earned money on, but you chose Novelie. Thanks so much.

We’ll keep updating you about Novelie and all her classmates 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, and very kind regards!

*Donations to this project will cover Novelie’s school costs over a year, but will be spent on all the children in parallel as we fundraise for each in turn.

Mar 25, 2019

Going Solar in Banaba, Thanks to You

Demonstrating a solar panel in action
Demonstrating a solar panel in action

Thanks to your amazing support we’re making great progress to equip the Banaba Livelihood & Evacuation Centre. This means that even more Filipino families will soon be able to shelter there during storms.

In our last project report we described how we were about to start work on another twenty-four family cubicles to add to the nineteen previously provided by you.

In total this will allow forty-three families to use the building during disasters. So, since our last update we’ve also used your generous donations to buy more ceiling fans to keep everyone comfortable, and to undertake some maintenance to the existing bathrooms to make sure the building remains sanitary.

Also, while the building has an electrical supply, mains power can often be disrupted after typhoons. So, with your incredible support we’ve also provided the centre with a small solar system that can provide emergency lighting, charge phones and power a drinking water purification system.

Ka Noli, the founder of our local partner organisation, Buklod Tao, described how staff from the local university’s Innovation Centre helped to design and setup the system:

“As you know we recently undertook the scheduled purchases of materials for solar-powered water purifier.

Asst Professor of Ateneo Innovation Center assisted me in the purchases. Next Sunday, 8:00am to after lunch will be the agreed training and installation here at 3rd floor of the Evacuation Centre with Professor Paul Cabacungan and his students.

Around 98% of the materials were purchased already. All others are to be bought in downtown Manila, Saturday by Reymond who offered to purchase the remaining materials.

I gave him the funds for these purchases and he already texted me and mentioned that all the additional parts have been purchased and shall be brought to Buklod Tao before the installation and training day.

Already we have been inviting colleagues here in Buklod Tao, especially plumbers and electricians, to attend this training and installation. Thank you to IDV donors for making this capacity building possible.”

We echo Ka Noli’s thanks, for this and for all your previous support to improve and equip the Centre over the years.

We’re delighted with this recent progress but work on the cubicles themselves has been delayed slightly. Ka Noli explained:

“Your acknowledgment of our current tasks is much appreciated. Attached are pictures of two workers of Master Plumber Gerry who started repairs of toilets/bathrooms Monday mid-afternoon. The two started off with boring of holes at the interior and exterior side of male's toilet/bathroom to facilitate installation of pvc pipes for exhaust ventilation of the smell of the toilet.

For the cubicles, sorry we are hampered by delays due to non-availability of workers.

Work for installations of pipes for cubicle curtain hangers has not started yet, even purchases of metal materials. The builder, Vic has committed to work , after he has finished a job in Marikina City, to fabricate and install roof trusses for the house of his younger brother, Boying.

I agreed to give way for his younger brother's need for trusses installation. It should be done now before the rainy season. After that, Vic assured me the Centre works would be the next.”

We’re keen to see the work completed, and we’re sure you are too. So, we’ll keep you posted as our work in Banaba continues. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Buklod Tao member training on the solar purifier
Buklod Tao member training on the solar purifier
Bathroom maintenance work in the Centre
Bathroom maintenance work in the Centre
Installing an exhaust vent for a bathroom
Installing an exhaust vent for a bathroom
 
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