Project #7101

Break the Cycle of Poverty with Education

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
This is Sonia - she
This is Sonia - she's in school thanks to you!

Allow us to introduce the newest member of the scholarship programme – 9 year old Sonia! Like so many of the kids in our programme, Sonia’s life hasn’t been easy since the January 2010 earthquake. Her mother was killed in the earthquake, and their family lost everything they had. 

Since then, Sonia’s dad, who himself only has a primary school education, has been able to pay for her classes only sporadically. He was about to pull her out of school for the rest of the school year when our Haitian staff intervened. Thanks to you, Sonia can stay in school and get a better start than her dad did!

While we’re delighted to welcome Sonia, we’re sorry to say that she is taking the place of another one of our students, Lovlie. Lovlie has had to leave Port au Prince for the remainder of the school year due to a family emergency. We look forward to welcoming Lovlie back next year when she’ll attend class with Sonia!

You’ve made Sonia’s shot at education possible – and with it she gets a real chance to build a brighter tomorrow.

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and our warmest regards! 

He's a star pupil thanks to you

We’re delighted to report that all of the kids in our scholarship programme are continuing to succeed thanks to your generosity. While all of the kids in our programme are special, there's one child who particularly stands out from the crowd.

Wilkenson is 15. His mother died in a car accident before the earthquake, and his father died of cholera in October 2010. He was left selling water on the streets of Port au Prince until, around Christmas of that year, a friend of the HTDC orphanage found him and brought him to the orphanage.

Before arriving at the orphanage, Wilkenson had never attended school and he could barely read or write - but he’s caught up phenomenally quickly. Today, he attends special afternoon catch-up classes for older children who did not attend school when they were younger. His teachers describe him as the class leader, and he got the highest mark of the group on his mid-term exam.

In just a few years, Wilkenson has gone from a street child with no future to telling anyone who will listen that he wants to be a doctor so that he can help others as they’ve helped him. You made that change possible.

We hope that you’ll keep supporting Wilkenson and all his classmates as they start their final school semester and prepare for their end of year exams. Four of the kids need a little extra tutoring to pass these exams and the extra help costs just $30 a month per child.

Tomorrow, GlobalGiving will top up your donations by 30%, so if you give just $23, we’ll be able to give a child a month of extra help. Even if you can’t afford to give, you can share this link and let your friends and family know how such as small donation can change lives!

Thanks so much for your support, and we wish you all the very best! 

With your help, he
With your help, he'll get the extra help he needs
Give them a Valentines Day full of love!
Give them a Valentines Day full of love!

We can’t believe it’s February already. If you’re like us, February means one thing – Valentines Day! Whether your single or in a relationship, Valentines Day is all about love and appreciating the people in our lives who support and encourage us.

This Valentines Day, there are 10 kids in Haiti who appreciate you. After all, you’ve given them the gift of education – nothing could show more love.

If you’re celebrating this Valentines day, we hope that you’ll keep Haiti in Mind and make donation in honor of your Valentine. When you give in their name, they’ll receive a beautiful card and know that you’ve given them the most meaningful Valentines gift imaginable.

To give your Valentines gift, click here and then just select what kind of card you’d like. 

Thanks so much for supporting the kids in our scholarship programme, and we wish you a very Happy Valentines Day! 

Learning is fun for Zach!
Learning is fun for Zach!

The kids in our scholarship programme have taken their mid year exams and we are delighted to report that all but one of the children passed their exams! This fantastic result was made possible by your generosity. You donated the funds that put books in their hands, gave them a uniform, and even provided the paper they write on! 

The exam results showed that several of the kids are still a bit weak in some areas. But again, thanks to you, we’ll be able to provide extra tutoring so that they can keep succeeding.

We hope that you understand that the gift of education of education you’re giving to these vulnerable kids will change each and every one of their lives. Thanks so much for your generosity, and warm regards!!

Proud of his passing grade!
Proud of his passing grade!
You can keep her in school
You can keep her in school

We can’t believe it’s already the week before Christmas. There’s still plenty of time to give a life changing gift to a student like fourteen year old Carol. Before the earthquake Carol lived with her sister, but the earthquake destroyed their house. After Carol’s sister became pregnant with twins, she simply couldn’t care for Carol and was forced to send her to an orphanage.

Despite the challenges she’s faced, Carol is a bright, optimistic young woman who has big dreams for the future. She wants to be a nurse so that she can help others as they’ve helped her.

This Holiday season, you can support Carol while finding the perfect gift. When you make a donation on behalf of a loved one and they’ll receive a lovely card. You can even select an ecard which will be ready almost instantly.

GlobalGiving gift cards are great, meaningful last minute gifts. You can also send a greeting card by visiting the project page and selecting “Gift or in Honour of” below the orange “Donate” button.  

If you’re ready to do a little more for Carol, why not set up a recurring gift and make 2013 a year of giving? Your recurring donation will be matched by an anonymous donor, doubling your impact and making a huge difference to Carol. You can set up a reccuring donation by clicking on “Monthly Recurring” under the orange donate button.

Thanks so much, and Happy Holidays!


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Organization Information

International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Emma Taylor
Enderby, Licester United Kingdom

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