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Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans
A wonderful new playground, thanks to you!
A wonderful new playground, thanks to you!

Thanks to your amazing generosity the kids at the HTDC Orphanage have all enjoyed their summer despite the overall situation in Haiti remaining fragile.

The political unrest we described in our last report has continued as fuel shortages have hit the country. Major highways in Port-au-Prince have been blocked by protesters angry at rising prices. 

This means travel around the city continues to be difficult, even dangerous, and so taking the children out on trips hasn’t been possible.

Happily, the orphanage Director Carlo has found a solution to keep the kids occupied. Rather than take the children out for entertainment he’s brought the entertainment to them!

In August, with your support and the support of others, a playground was built on the orphanage’s property. Artificial grass has been laid. Swings, a roundabout and a see-saw have been installed, and there’s even a little pool to keep the kids cool in the heat of the day.

Carlo had this to say about the playground:

“We would like to thank IDV’s donors for all the help because without you guys we wouldn’t have that place for the kids to play. The kids never get tired of playing and the new little pool for them to swim, they stay all day this summer on the playground.”

We also asked the kids what they thought and Keson had this to say:

The playground looks like other playgrounds I see in the movies! Thank you!”

We agree that the playground looks amazing and we’ve included some photos in this report. It’s fantastic that even though turmoil continues on the streets outside, the orphanage remains a safe, stimulating oasis inside. Thanks so much for making this possible.

Carlo’s not stopped with the playground however, and he’s also been working hard on future plans for the orphanage.

While their current house meets all the children’s needs we’ve always remained conscious that the orphanage remains reliant on donor’s generosity to pay the rent.

So, for many years Carlo’s vision has been to build their own house on land you helped them to buy many years ago. For a long while this vision remained just that, but this year Carlo’s started looking at ways to make this dream a reality. He explained as follows:

For the construction we now have an estimate for about $115,000 but this is for two levels of the building. For now we can start with  the first floor. This would have 2 dormitories for about 40 kids and two toilets and bathrooms on each dormitory, a living room, office and a little clinic. In the back we can have a playground for the kids. We can take the material you helped us with this summer. We estimate everything for the first floor will cost $60,000”

This isn’t a small amount of money but given that the rent is currently over $10,000 a year in the long-term building a new house would make the orphanage much more sustainable.

So, we’re keen to help if we can, and over the coming weeks and months we’ll be working with Carlo to develop a more detailed budget and plan. So, stay tuned for more updates.

Meanwhile, thanks so much again for your continued support. 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.

Artificial grass can be moved with the orphanage
Artificial grass can be moved with the orphanage
There
There's even a small pool for staying cool
Concept drawings for the new orphanage
Concept drawings for the new orphanage
Some of the kids waiting for their Easter dinner
Some of the kids waiting for their Easter dinner

Thanks to your ongoing generosity the kids at the HTDC Orphanage in Haiti continue to have a safe home, food and an education.

Your support is more vital now than ever as the political problems we described in our last report have continued to plague Port-au-Prince. Carlo, the orphanage director, explained:

“We all are doing OK but the situation here is not good at all because of protests.On the south and the north side of Port-au-Prince there is gang members fighting all the time, and people are dying everyday. Most of the older kids understand the situation and they are asking questions about it, especially when they hear gunshots and news”.

It’s a traumatic time in general, and the situation is also having knock-on effects on the kids education. Carlo continued:

“Because of the situation we can’t finish the exams. We are trying to make sure we finish the exams this week, but not all the teacher can make it because of shooting and gunshots everywhere and every day since June 9”.

It’s sad to hear updates like these, particularly when so many of the kids have already had to deal with so many challenges in their lives. But Carlo and the rest of the orphanage staff are really committed, and we know they’ll find a way to soldier on as long as supporters like you continue to rally round.

For example, while travel is risky Carlo was still able to organise a special dinner for the kids over Easter, and this provided some much needed cheer.

Carlo’s also still hopeful that he can keep the kids entertained over the summer. He explained as follows:

“We were planning to go to the beach this coming Saturday, but if the protests continue we will take the kids to a swimming pool instead.

For July we are planning a summer camp. We will try to have a music class for the kids and art classes to make sandals and more. Because the normal teachers can’t travel, my church is willing to help me with some teachers they have to help us organize the summer camp”.

As always we’re amazed by Carlo’s resilience, but we also know that his determination and optimism are a direct result of knowing that you’re there to help in tough times. Thank you so much, now more than ever.

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.

It
It's a feast!
Sitting down to eat
Sitting down to eat
Hanging on in there with your help
Hanging on in there with your help

We’re always grateful for your incredible support, and this has been doubly true through what’s been a difficult couple of months in Haiti.

In early February demonstrations erupted across the country as people protested against rising inflation and alleged corruption and mismanagement of overseas funding by the government.

The protests sometimes turned violent and inflation has driven up the costs of essential items, including food.

This has placed pressure on the HTDC orphanage and that means your ongoing generosity has been particularly important of late.

Although demonstrations have swirled around them the kids still need to be housed, fed and educated, and the work involved in keeping the orphanage running hasn’t stopped either.

Carlo, the orphanage director, explained:

“The child welfare agency, IBESR, have requested all orphanages to update the way they do things to meet new standards according to the law. We have to make sure we do a great job so that they renew our paperwork.

So, we buy some new beds and mattresses, and repaint the house again and make some more changes, like building some new tables for them to eat at.

We change the kids diet and verify how we feed the kids, so I have to hire a nutritionist and spend some more money on food.

So, we are very happy the IDV donor are still helping us! Thank you.”

Happily, it’s not all been work and stress though. Before the protests began Carlo organised a fun day trip. He also explained as follows:

We took the kids to the Olympic Park in Haiti. The kids enjoyed it and they all want to go back. I think they would even prefer to stay there!

We bought snacks for them, but they were not interested because they wanted to play as much as they can when they have [the] chance because they don’t have a place like that to play at home.”

Carlo sent some photos from the day and we can see exactly what he means - the kids all had loads of fun at the park.

He was planning to take them back again but the protests meant this hasn't been possible yet.The situation has thankfully calmed down a bit now, but the underlying political situation hasn’t changed and Carlo remains worried things will flare up again.

Fow now Carlo and the kids are all hanging on in there and, like us, remain incredibly grateful for your support.

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.

A trip to the Olympic park was loads of fun
A trip to the Olympic park was loads of fun
These kids aren
These kids aren't fazed by much!
A reluctant break for snacks before playing again
A reluctant break for snacks before playing again
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!
Spencer
Spencer's doing great in school thanks to you

Thanks to your incredible generosity the children at the HTDC orphanage are all safe and happy. They’ve also all settled in well to a new school year.

Carlo the Orphanage Director had this to say:

The kids are all doing good in Jesus name.

They all start this year of school very well. All is good so far with their subject and they will have their first exam for this semester next week. So, they are studying very hard to get good grade.

For history we celebrate Jean-Jacques Dessalines who was the first President of Haiti after independence. He was the chief commander who fought for our freedom and very important for the kids to know about. October 17 was the 212 year anniversary of his death and we have a special lesson that day.

The kids enjoy learning about Dessalines and enjoying other lessons too. We also have a couple of poor kids from the community that comes to our school everyday. We give them lunch with the rest of the kids so that are not hungry in afternoon class.

This year we also have an English teacher and a helper who does musical dance and sport. The kids love this and they are very happy to the donors who help them learn. Thank you to everyone

We echo Carlo’s thanks, without you none of this would be possible. Thanks so much!

At the moment all is well at HTDC, but the rent’s due again soon and the orphanage will need to pay $10,500 for 2019. Thanks to your donations to our microprojects we’ve already secured around $6,500 of this, but we’re continuing to raise funds right here on GlobalGiving to find the rest.

So, if you are able to make a further gift it will be as crucial as always!

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.

Nolson is grateful for you
Nolson is grateful for you
Some of the kids showing off the school bags
Some of the kids showing off the school bags
A healthy meal keeps the kids learning after lunch
A healthy meal keeps the kids learning after lunch
 

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