Project #8911

Change Lives with English Education

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
A very happy Thanksgiving to you!
A very happy Thanksgiving to you!

In 2013 you funded a year of education for Bengie so that she could support her son. We’re now delighted to report that the education you funded is paying off.

Bengie has used her new language skills to find a job with a local non-profit that teaches English to at risk young women. Her new job pays a living wage and is allowing Bengie to help other young women build a brighter future – and it’s all thanks to you.

As families across the US gather to give thanks, we wanted to let you know that this year, Bengie and 150 students just like her are thankful for you.

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving from Port au Prince and our staff at IDV!

GIve $15 or more and get a card like this one
GIve $15 or more and get a card like this one

We’re delighted to announce that when you donate $15 or more to EIM, you’ll receive a beautiful, hand-made card.

A former EIM student who is now using his artisan and language skills to earn a living makes the cards. That means that your gift not only helps support EIM, but helps a student make his living.

Our cards come in a variety of designs ranging from secular holiday cards to religious Christmas cards to cards which have nothing at all to do with the holiday season. That means that we’re sure to have a gift for you.

Every card is unique and hand made, so they make fantastic gifts.

Click here to donate and receive your card

Please be aware that cards can only be shipped within the US.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteer.sorg. I would be delighted to answer any questions you might have! 

It's true - you really are amazing!

Thanks so much to everyone who took advantage of GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day. Your gifts on the 23rd were a third more valuable– and that has made all the difference for students like Louis.

If you’re like us, you’re starting to think about the holiday season. The holidays are a time of joy – but for many of us they’re also incredibly busy! Before the end of year rush starts, we wanted to pause for a moment and thank you for everything you’ve given over the last year.

Because of you, not only has EIM continued to provide high quality education over the last year – it’s grown. With your support, we were able to welcome new students like 48 year old Vional.

Vional has always struggled to find a job and support his family because he lacks vocational skills. He joined EIM in August 2013 because he wants to develop the skills he needs to find gainful employment.

Vional’s message on how learning English will help him is simple: “I will use English to help my community and feed my family.”

Vional isn’t the only student who uses English in his community. English speakers have the ability to communicate with NGOs about support for their communities. Put another way, English is a bridge between communities in need and the NGOs that can help them. That bridge allows communities to advocate for their own needs.

Vional is one of dozens of students who joined the school in 2013 – but not a single one of them would be getting an education without you.

There are so many things you could have spent your hard earned money on over the last year, but you chose to support EIM. Your generosity is giving 150 people living in poverty a path to a brighter future. Thanks so much!

As always, if you ever have any questions about how your donation is changing lives, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks again for your generosity, and our very warmest regards!

Just $13.75 to give them a month of education!
Just $13.75 to give them a month of education!

Thanks to your generosity, the English in Mind Institute continues to change the lives of adults living in poverty in Port au Prince, Haiti.

One of the unique features of EIM and English language skills in general is that students don’t even need to finish a multi-year course for their language skills to start improving their lives.

For example, take the 33-year-old beginner student who recently filled in our anonymous student survey. He’s just coming to the end of his first year of learning English. He’s still a beginner, and speaks only basic phrases, but they’re already helping him earn a more prosperous living. Here’s how:

"I have a little store where I sell drink and food provisions. I use the little English I have as bridge with the foreign people [in my area]. I sell a lot of [soda] and beers because of my English!"

We hear stories like this one all the time – and you made them all possible! Thanks so much for all you’ve given to EIM.

The students are busy preparing for their end of year exams, and we’re confident that, despite some nerves, they’ll do wonderfully! Exams mark the end of the school year at EIM, and that means we’re starting to think about admitting more students next year.

How many students we can admit depends entirely on funding. Happily, thanks to GlobalGiving, it’s now 30% easier to ensure that EIM keeps growing and changing lives. Tomorrow, GlobalGiving will match your donations by 30%! That means that if you give just $13.75, we’ll be able to give a student like Osnard a month of English education!

We hope you’ll give what you can tomorrow and share this project with friends and family.

Thanks so much, and very kind regards!

Learning, thanks to you!
Learning, thanks to you!
Thanks for voting!
Thanks for voting!

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who voted for our photo during GlobalGiving’s photo contest! While we didn’t win, we did finish well into the top half of the competition. Your show of support on Facebook was a real inspiration to our students. Many of them use Facebook, and saw the many shares and posts in support of their school!

The students are now counting down to their exams in September. Students like Rose are studying hard – “The exams are demanding – if you pass it means you really know your English!”

Students who pass their exams will move on to the next level in 2014. Those who don’t pass on their first attempt will get a retake. If they don’t pass on the second try, they’ll repeat the year.

As we start planning the 2014 school year, we’re also looking at our waiting list. There are more than 150 students hoping to join EIM in 2014. How many of them we can enrol depends entirely on funding.

It costs about $250 to give a student a year of education, so for every $250 we raise, we can welcome another student from the waiting list.

This September, we hope you’ll help us welcome more students by fundraising here on GlobalGiving. Not only will your fundraising efforts change lives in Haiti, but each fundraiser who raises more than $500 will be entered into a raffle for fabulous prizes – like airline tickets and a flip cam!

That makes September a great month to fundraise for EIM. You could cycle, bake, walk or even shave your head to raise funds and win prizes! If you’d like tips on how best to fundraise don’t hesitate to visit or email

Once you’ve decided how much you’d like to raise and how you want to raise it you can create your fundraising page here. Don’t forget to add our project as the beneficiary of your efforts once you’ve created your page! Again, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email

Thanks so much, and very warm regards! 

You can help Rose support her family
You can help Rose support her family

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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Andy Chaggar
Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom

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