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Support Community Based Disaster Recovery in Haiti

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Support Community Based Disaster Recovery in Haiti
Support Community Based Disaster Recovery in Haiti
Support Community Based Disaster Recovery in Haiti
Support Community Based Disaster Recovery in Haiti
Support Community Based Disaster Recovery in Haiti
Support Community Based Disaster Recovery in Haiti
Support Community Based Disaster Recovery in Haiti
Support Community Based Disaster Recovery in Haiti
Support Community Based Disaster Recovery in Haiti
Support Community Based Disaster Recovery in Haiti
Thanks for giving him a bright future!
Thanks for giving him a bright future!

We hope you’ve had a fantastic start to 2013!

2012 was a big year for EDV in Haiti. We faced the challenges of tropical storm Isaac, and you helped us rebuild.The classrooms we built are full of more than 500 children, and our education programmes just keep growing!

Thanks to your investments in 2012, 2013 will be a year of Haitians helping Haitians. As the transitional classrooms you helped build are turned into permanent classrooms, and our English for orphans programme grows, your donations will help Haitians help one and other.  After all, that’s the basis of real, long-term recovery.

If you ever have any questions about how we’ve used your donation, don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for making 2012 a year to remember, and here’s to a fantastic 2013!

He's learning thanks to you!

We can’t believe it’s already the week before Christmas. If you haven't finished your shopping yet, there’s still plenty of time to give a gift that will change the life of a disaster survivor in Haiti. Because of you, we've already been able to build classrooms, support community groups, and through education give survivors the tools they need to build themselves a brighter future.

Our involvement in Haiti continues to grow, and your donations support projects like our "English for Orphans" programme. The programme was proposed by the teachers of the English in Mind Institute. They wanted to give something back, so they've asked us to support their efforts teaching English for free in orphanages. While they don't get paid for their time, they can't afford the books and school supplies they need for this work.

Because of your generosity, we've been able to provide those supplies, and today the kids are learning English, gaining confidence and growing into tomorrow's leaders. Your support allows these inspiring teachers to help the most vulnerable members of their own communities. Thank you so much.

This holiday season, you can support survivors in Haiti while finding the perfect last minute gift. When you make a donation on behalf of a loved one to support community based disaster recovery in Haiti, 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 send your card by visiting the project page and selecting the “Gift or in-Honour of” icon below the orange “Donate” button. 

If you’re ready to do a little more, 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. You can set up a recurring donation by clicking on “Monthly Recurring” under the orange donate button.

Thanks so much, and Happy Holidays!

You can help build him a new classroom!
You can help build him a new classroom!

It’s been three weeks since Tropical Storm Isaac destroyed the classrooms at the HTDC orphanage. Combined with an anonymous donation from a UK company, you’ve already given almost $1,300 to rebuild the classrooms. This is a fantastic response – thanks so much to everyone who’s given!

Tomorrow, two of EDV's directors will travel to Haiti to plan the reconstruction of the classrooms and discuss the coming two years with the orphanage directors. Your donations since the storm have been fantastic, but we’re still seeking funds to pay for the construction of new classrooms and cover the orphanage’s rent for the next two years.

Your donations will support children like Gusline. Gusline is three. She was brought to the orphanage by a friend who found her alone. We don’t know anything about her past, and her parents are thought to have died in the earthquake.

The orphanage directors are now her legal guardians, and they hope to one day find out more about her parents and the early years of her life. You can meet more of the children Gusline lives with here

Gusline and all her friends rely on your generosity to ensure that they have a safe home, food, and health care when she needs it. You’ve changed her life, and we can’t tell you how much your donation has been appreciated. Now we’re asking you to be generous one more time.

We hope you’ll give today and share this update to help us rebuild the school and secure another two years of safe housing for the HTDC orphanage.

Thanks so much, and take care!

What's left of the orphanage classrooms
You can help Gusline go to school
You can help Gusline go to school


What's left of the school

“I was scared [the storm] would come and break everything. We were prepared, but the big winds can break so many things – like the school...”

             - Titi, 14

Thanks to donors like you, Titi and the rest of the kids at the orphanage weathered Tropical Storm Isaac safely in a home which even “the big winds” couldn’t break. But the storm destroyed his classroom, and without a place to go to school, his future is once again insecure.

Isaac was a blow to the orphanage but it was certainly not a crippling one, and the children aren’t facing it alone. They have you on their side.

The classrooms Isaac destroyed were tents which were only intended to act as transitional structures. We plan to build back with classrooms that will withstand any storm Haiti can throw at them.

The storm also destroyed the orphanage’s transformer, leaving the orphanage without power. Together, repairs to the transformer and school will cost $6,354.

We also need to pay rent on the orphanage’s house to ensure another two years of safe housing. We have some funds in reserve for the rent, but we still need to raise an additional $10,000. That means we’re aiming to raise a total of $16,354.

We know that these are big numbers, but we also know that the kids have more than 1,000 incredible supporters like you right here on GlobalGiving. Together, we can reach our goal of safe housing and a quality education for all of the children at the HTDC orphanage. Please donate today.

You can also help out by activating your network for the kids at the HTDC orphanage. Circulate this email at your office, hold a fundraising event, or simply share this update on social media to let your friends and family know that the children at the HTDC orphanage need their support.

You can also let them know that their funds will be in safe hands – EDV directors Andy Chaggar and Emma Taylor will be traveling to Haiti from September 22nd to September 29th. They’ll use their time in Haiti to plan and monitor the vital repair work.

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact

She's lost her school - but you can help rebuild.
They've lost their school. You can help rebuild.
Surveying the floods. Photo: Reuters
Surveying the floods. Photo: Reuters

On Friday August 24th, Tropical Storm Isaac slammed into Haiti, bringing 60mph winds and torrential rain. Isaac flooded many parts of Port au Prince, flattened countless tents, affected 14,000 families, and killed at least four people.

Communications with Haiti are still difficult, so we don’t yet have all the details. But what we do know is that the school which houses the English in Mind Institute survived without damage, and that the children at the Hands Together to Defend (HTDC) orphanage weathered the storm safely in the home you helped them rent.

However, not all the news from Haiti today is so positive. Isaac destroyed the orphanage’s school, leaving the children in the orphanage’s care without anywhere to learn.

In the coming days we’ll gather information about the damage and what we’ll need to rebuild. As we learn more we’ll let you know.

While this is a discouraging blow, we know that together we can rebuild the orphanage school better than it was before. We hope that you’ll donate today or share this page with friends and family to let them know that while Isaac hit Haiti hard, we’re ready to rebuild.

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and we’ll update you again soon.



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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @IDVMedia
Project Leader:
Emma Taylor
Southport, CT United States

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