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Dec 21, 2018

Merry Christmas from the HTDC Oprhanage in Haiti

The children are getting excited for Christmas
The children are getting excited for Christmas

Thanks to your amazing support the children at the HTDC orphanage are all safe and happy this Christmas.

Because of your generosity we’ve now raised enough to pay the rent, and the kids will continue to have a safe home throughout 2019. Thanks so much!

With the rent secured the orphanage staff have been able to relax a little and the children are all enjoying the excitement of Christmas.

Carlo the Orphanage Director recently asked the kids what they wanted from Santa, and their answers were as earnest and touching as ever.

Fourteen year old Wilson said he’d like to have some new sneakers and new clothes, but that he also wants the protests that have been happening in Haiti to stop so he can go to school normally and get good grades.

Thirteen year old Nolson asked for a big party at the orphanage for all the kids, and he’d also like to have nice clothes and toys for him and his brother Wisly.

Six year old Novelie just wants a nice dress, and for her Auntie to be able to visit her soon.

We found Novelie’s answer particularly moving and it’s a reminder that many of the children at HTDC still have parents and other relatives alive, and that it’s poverty that often prevents families from being together in Haiti.This is a really sad situation but happily sometimes things do change for the better.

This year Carlo’s been working hard to help some of the children’s families improve their circumstanes, and his efforts have started to pay off. For example, the siblings Nolky, Noldy and Mudoleine have recently been able to go back to their father after Carlo helped him to start a small business earlier this year.

This is brilliant news and we’re delighted to report that two other families have also been reunited with Carlo’s help.

In other cases the children are orphans in the true sense of the word, but Carlo has also been able to find new families for kids like Bodlison and Bodlina. Their dad was killed in a motorcycle accident and their mum has never been found despite years of searching.

So, although they can't go home they’ve now been adopted by a family in the USA and are incredibly well and happy, as shown in one of the attached pictures.

Of course, Haiti remains very poor and many children remain at the orphanage as a result. But these stories show that orphanage life doesn’t have to be permanent in all cases.

Whatever the case, your enduring support is vital is giving the children at the orphanage a safe home, food, school and a chance for a brighter new year whatever their future holds

Thanks so much again, and we wish you and your own families a very Merry Christmas.

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.

Novelie wants to see her Auntie this Christmas
Novelie wants to see her Auntie this Christmas
Bodlison and Bodlina now have a new family
Bodlison and Bodlina now have a new family
Boldina a few years ago - how she
Boldina a few years ago - how she's grown!
Dec 10, 2018

Thanks for keeping Wilson in school

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

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

Fourteen year old Wilson lost his parents in 2009. After his parents died his grandmother tried to care for him and his brothers, but she couldn't afford to feed them.  So she was forced to abandon them at the HTDC orphanage.

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

Without an education, Wilson’s future looked bleak. Wilson is a very helpful child, who always wants to do his best. But without the ability to read or write he would be doomed to a life of poverty.

Yet Wilson is lucky, because he has you in his life.

Your fantastic generosity means that we’ll be able to keep Wilson in school and learning the skills he needs to build a brighter tomorrow. Wilson'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 Wilson because you chose to give. There are so many things you could have spent your hard earned money on, but you chose Wilson. Thanks so much.

We’ll keep updating you about Wilson 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 Wilson's school costs over a year, but will be spent on all the children in parallel as we fundraise for each in turn.

Dec 10, 2018

Thanks for supporting evacuees like EJ

On behalf of EJ, "Salamat Po" ("Thank you")
On behalf of EJ, "Salamat Po" ("Thank you")

Thanks so much for providing hot meals for evacuees like EJ.

EJ is nine years old. She lives with her parents, two brothers and sister in a poorly constructed house dangerously close to a river in the community of Banaba, just outside Manila, in the Philippines.

Every year there are floods, and EJ’s house is often inundated, including just a few months ago. Even when the water recedes a thick layer of disease carrying silt is left behind and takes days to clean.

During floods EJ and her family have to spend days sleeping on the floor of an evacuation centre. This is a traumatic experience already, and it’s made worse as EJ and her family often have to go hungry.

Yet now, because of your generosity, we’ll be able to provide hot food for EJ and her family during evacuations.

Hot meals will be available when the next flood comes and forces EJ and her family to leave their home. Evacuation will never be easy for EJ, but your generosity means that she and her family won’t go hungry. Thanks so much!

We’ll send you updates about how your gift is changing the lives of EJ, her family and other families like theirs right here on GlobalGiving.

Should you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. We’d love to hear from you!

One last time, thanks so much for ensuring that EJ and her family can enjoy hot meals during floods.

 
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