Project #8911

Change Lives with English Education

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Support him by donating tomorrow!
Support him by donating tomorrow!

At the English in Mind Institute, every day is a day of learning and hope for students like Claudia. Claudia joined the school at the start of the 2013 school year and plans to use her English skills to become an IT technician in one of Port au Prince’s offices.

On her first day of class, Claudia had a message for all of EIM's donors. “I wish you won’t be discouraged [that] we are not able to give you any award in return for what you give us. [but I think] God will pay you for your great gift. Thank you so much!”

As you can see Claudia is inspired by your choice to give, and so are we!

Tomorrow your generosity will make an even bigger impact because GlobalGiving will be matching all donations by 30%! It costs just $30 a month to keep a student like Claudia, Dominique or Spower learning. So, please give whatever you can tomorrow!

Even if you can’t donate, you can still help EIM keep growing by sharing this update with friends and family. Don't forget to let them know that for just $30, they can give Spower a month of education which will let him find a job and, with it, a road out of poverty!

Thanks so much for giving our students the opportunity to change their lives, and warm regards!

Keep him smiling - donate today!
Keep him smiling - donate today!

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 150 students in Port au Prince who appreciate you. After all you’ve already given them the gift of education and, with it, the hope of a bright future.

If you’re thinking about what to get your Valentine, we hope you’ll keep EIM in mind and make a donation to EIM in your Valentine’s honor. When you make a donation, they’ll receive a beautiful card letting them know that you’ve shared a little extra love in their name.

To give your Valentine a meaningful gift, just click here and select what type of card you’d like along with your gift amount. 

Thanks so much for supporting EIM, and we wish you a very happy Valentines Day! 

He has a job thanks to you!
He has a job thanks to you!

The 2013 school year is off to a fantastic start and EIM now has more than 160 students. We’re delighted to welcome this year’s newest teacher, Richardson, and this year’s trainee teacher, Jean Pierre Enock (or “Nocky” for short!).

Thanks to your generosity, 160 students are learning the skills they’ll need to find work. Merci Canine is joining the school this year and will be a part of Wilkens’ beginner class. She was crystal clear on how she thought English would change her life. “English can help me … find a job to take care myself and my family.”

Merci has started 2013 with hope for a brighter tomorrow because you chose to give. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate you, and how excited we are for the year ahead. If you ever have any questions about how your donation is changing lives please don’t hesitate to email

Finally, in the words of another new student Murat Dayana “I want to thank you everyone for that precious gift you give us. Thank you again!”

Succeeding thanks to you!
Succeeding thanks to you!
Studying hard!
Studying hard!
You can keep him smiling in class!
You can keep him smiling in class!

We can’t believe it’s already the week before Christmas. If you haven't finished your shopping, there’s still plenty of time to find the perfect last minute gift while supporting students like Jean Louis Antoine.

Antoine was in secondary school when the earthquake struck. He was trying to help others amid the debris, when he was struck by falling rubble and injured himself. After recovering from his injuries, Antoine was able to complete his secondary school, but like so many of our students, he found that his education wasn’t enough to find work.

So, he joined EIM so that he could learn a skill which would qualify him for a multitude of jobs. He told our volunteers, “English is commercial language, you see through Haiti the people speaking English often find the greatest jobs.”

This Holiday season, when you make a donation on behalf of a loved one to support Antoine and his classmates 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 “Gift or in Honour of” below the orange “Donate” button.

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

Thanks so much, and Happy Holidays!


Two happy students
Two happy students

Last Sunday, the English in Mind Institute offered placement exams for anyone interested in joining the school. The response was enormous. 272 individuals arrived hoping for a spot in the English school. The response was so massive we had to split the placement exam into two sittings.

Next week, existing students will sit their end of year exams and we’ll be there to see how it all goes and help out. After their exams, we’ll be working with the school administrator and teachers to decide how many new students we can accept of the 272 who sat the placement exam.

But that decision won’t just be up to us – it will be up to you too.

How many new classes we can offer is completely dependent on funding. It costs just $1,200 to employ a teacher for the year - $1,200 to welcome dozens of new students and give a hard working volunteer teacher a job.

If you can, please give today and help us welcome as many of the 272 students who took our placement exam as possible. If you can’t give, you can still help out by sharing this update and letting friends and family know how they can help Haitians change their lives for the better.

Thanks so very much, and our warmest regards!

Students taking their placement exams
Students taking their placement exams
You can help more students join him today
You can help more students join him today



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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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