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Mar 22, 2019

Hanging on in there at the HTDC orphanage in Haiti

Hanging on in there with your help
Hanging on in there with your help

We’re always grateful for your incredible support, and this has been doubly true through what’s been a difficult couple of months in Haiti.

In early February demonstrations erupted across the country as people protested against rising inflation and alleged corruption and mismanagement of overseas funding by the government.

The protests sometimes turned violent and inflation has driven up the costs of essential items, including food.

This has placed pressure on the HTDC orphanage and that means your ongoing generosity has been particularly important of late.

Although demonstrations have swirled around them the kids still need to be housed, fed and educated, and the work involved in keeping the orphanage running hasn’t stopped either.

Carlo, the orphanage director, explained:

“The child welfare agency, IBESR, have requested all orphanages to update the way they do things to meet new standards according to the law. We have to make sure we do a great job so that they renew our paperwork.

So, we buy some new beds and mattresses, and repaint the house again and make some more changes, like building some new tables for them to eat at.

We change the kids diet and verify how we feed the kids, so I have to hire a nutritionist and spend some more money on food.

So, we are very happy the IDV donor are still helping us! Thank you.”

Happily, it’s not all been work and stress though. Before the protests began Carlo organised a fun day trip. He also explained as follows:

We took the kids to the Olympic Park in Haiti. The kids enjoyed it and they all want to go back. I think they would even prefer to stay there!

We bought snacks for them, but they were not interested because they wanted to play as much as they can when they have [the] chance because they don’t have a place like that to play at home.”

Carlo sent some photos from the day and we can see exactly what he means - the kids all had loads of fun at the park.

He was planning to take them back again but the protests meant this hasn't been possible yet.The situation has thankfully calmed down a bit now, but the underlying political situation hasn’t changed and Carlo remains worried things will flare up again.

Fow now Carlo and the kids are all hanging on in there and, like us, remain incredibly grateful for your support.

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.

A trip to the Olympic park was loads of fun
A trip to the Olympic park was loads of fun
These kids aren
These kids aren't fazed by much!
A reluctant break for snacks before playing again
A reluctant break for snacks before playing again
Feb 4, 2019

Thanks for keeping Kenson in school

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

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

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

But with so many other needs, like food, to worry about, the orphanage couldn’t provide Kenson with an education.

Without an education, Kenson’s future looked bleak. Kenson was heartbroken when his mum left him at the orphanage, but he’s started to giggle and laugh again. Yet without basic literacy and numeracy, he would almost certainly be doomed to a life of poverty.

But Kenson is lucky - he has you in his life.

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

We’ll be able to support Kenson because you chose to give. 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 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 Kenson’s school costs over a year, but will be spent on all the children in parallel as we fundraise for each in turn.

 

Feb 4, 2019

Thanks for stopping Nolson from going hungry

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

Thanks so much for helping to provide a year* of nutritious food for Nolson.

Nolson's dad died in the 2010 earthquake, leaving his mom to look after ten children. She couldn't provide for them, so she abandoned Nolson and two of his brothers at the HTDC orphanage.

When Nolson’s mum left them at the orphanage she hoped they would have a better future there. But with so many hungry mouths to feed, the orphanage also struggled from day to day.

Without healthy food, Nolson was listless. He didn’t play or run around.

But now - thanks to you - the orphanage staff can barely keep up with him! He loves to sing and dance and play football.

Thanks to you - Nolson 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.

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

We’ll keep updating you about Nolson 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 Nolson’s future bright, and our warmest regards!

*Donations to this project will cover Nolson’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.

 
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