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
Thank you for your generosity
Thank you for your generosity

Thank you so much for your amazing support of the HTDC Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Your generosity is vital as the situation on the streets of the city has continued to worsen in the power vacuum created since the President’s assassination last year. Gangs control entire neighbourhoods and fighting between them has forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

Many schools and businesses remain closed and just this week the United Nations raised concerns that gangs are now recruiting children into the fight. Kidnappings continue, even in the orphanage’s own neighbourhood, which used to be safe due to its proximity to the US Embassy.

The orphanage director, Carlo, had this to say:

“All the kids are doing OK but the country is getting crazy and the prices are even higher.

We are trying our best but so many kidnappings [are] happening in the orphanage neighborhood and all the kids and adults are stressing out.

The kids would like to go out because we haven’t take them out for a very long time - since Covid. But going to the beach would be too risky because gangs in Haiti are everywhere - nobody can go far with the kidnapping situation.

We would like to maybe have a swimming pool party for them but the cost is high. The kids need to have more clothing as they are growing every day, and shoes. So we cannot afford a party. It’s hard to explain to the young ones.

We would at least like to have a bigger dinner for Easter weekend for the kids, they will have a week of vacation For Easter and need to have some fun, even if only small.

We were moved by Carlo’s words and so sent a small amount extra last month so the children could have a modest Easter celebration. It’s only because of your kindness that we were able to do this as well as meeting their basic, every day needs.

If you have any questions about the orphanage and how we use your donation then please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

The playground provides some much needed fun
The playground provides some much needed fun
It's hard for the young children to understand
It's hard for the young children to understand
Any distraction is vital
Any distraction is vital
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A huge thank you for your support
A huge thank you for your support

Although we only sent our last project report a few weeks ago we wanted to send another quick update today to wish you a Happy New Year and send an ENORMOUS thank you from the HTDC Orphanage in Haiti!

With the situation on the streets of Haiti still very dire we made an appeal for donations in our last report, and we’ve been overwhelmed with your subsequent generosity. 

Between Nov 30 last year and today you’ve given over $8,500 (£6,200) to support the children in the orphanage’s care. This is truly incredible and we really can’t thank you enough!

These funds will be vital as we continue to help the orphanage provide a safe home, food, education and more for all the children. What’s more your support meant that the children could also enjoy some much needed Christmas cheers by way of gifts and a special Christmas meal.

We asked the orphanage director Carlo to send some photos to help show you what your gifts have made possible, and we’re including some of these in this report. As always we’ll send more reports in the months ahead to keep you updated.

If you have any questions about the orphanage and how we use your donation then please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Children enjoying their gifts
Children enjoying their gifts
It's all VERY exciting
It's all VERY exciting
Hello there!
Hello there!
The magic of Christmas
The magic of Christmas
More fun and games
More fun and games
Yummy and nutritous
Yummy and nutritous
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!
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Twelve year old Chedline is thankful for you
Twelve year old Chedline is thankful for you

A huge thank you to everyone who’s donated to the HTDC Oprhanage since our last project report. Because of you we’ve been able to raise almost $10,500 (£7,870) in the last 3 months.

Your donations have been doubly critical as the security situation in Haiti has continued to deteriorate after the asassination of the President in July. Gangs now rule in large areas and around 800 kidnappings have been reported so far this year. Fuel supplies have come under attack and scared truck drivers have refused to work, paralysing a country reliant on generators for electricity.

Businesses, banks and phone towers have been forced to shut down, and hospitals have teetered on the brink. The crises are hurting everyone, especially the poor as prices rise and access to basic essentials gets harder all the time. It’s only because of your generosity that we’ve been able to help HTDC orphanage meet its running costs.

With no sign of the situation improving your continued support is vital, but the orphanage has found some breathing space recently. After months of delays due to Covid a number of adoption cases have been completed and several children are now scheduled to leave the orphanage for loving, permanent homes.

These children include five year old Matialdo who we posted a microproject for in August of this year. At the time of posting that project we weren’t aware Matialdo would be leaving, and we want to apologise if this has caused any confusion. Donations that were received to that microproject will still be spent on children at the orphanage, including Matialdo until his final departure.

The departure of Matialdo and the other adopted children will lower the orphanage’s overall running costs, but around 12 children will remain at HTDC and they still need your support.

If you can please consider making a donation today to support children like eleven year old Chedline. Chedline came to the HTDC orphanage with her twin brother in 2019 after their dad died. Their mum is still alive but is desperately poor and made the heartbreaking decision to leave the twins at HTDC. 

The HTDC Orphanage does its very best for Chedline and all the children in its care, but the situation in Haiti remains incredibly challenging.

If you have any questions about the orphanage and how we use your donation then please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Eleven year old Kenson still needs your help
Eleven year old Kenson still needs your help
The orphanage is home to ten year old Bervalie
The orphanage is home to ten year old Bervalie
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Fritz is safe but insecurity is ever present
Fritz is safe but insecurity is ever present

In many ways the current situation in Haiti is about as bleak as we’ve ever seen it.

On Aug 14 a 7.2 earthquake, more powerful than the devastating 2010 quake, struck the south-west of the country. At least two cities have suffered major damage and almost 1,300 are already confirmed killed as buildings collapsed on top of them.

The situation would have been chaotic enough already, but the country was also still reeling from the assasination of President Moise in July. A leadership tussle followed with two competing prime ministers vying for power. While Ariel Henry was eventually sworn in, the political situation was still volatile and Haiti was sadly ill-equipped to deal with a major catastrophe.

Our thoughts go out to the people of Jeremie and Les Cayes, which have already reported major devastation, and to everyone else affected. 

We obviously checked in with the HTDC Orphanage as soon as we heard about the earthquake. Thankfully, while the earthquake was felt in Port-au-Prince the orphanage and all the children are safe. However, their situation is still very precarious and they’re in urgent need of your support right now.

The President’s assasination followed years of political unrest, which had contributed to rising prices for essential goods, including food and fuel. The impact of Covid-19 on the global economy also means that donations to the orphanage have dropped dramatically. 

Thanks to your generosity we’re currently still able to help HTDC meet its monthly running costs, but we’re spending almost twice as much as we’re raising right now and this isn’t sustainable. At this rate we’re in danger of running out of funds to help.

So, if you can please consider making a donation today to support children like Ruth. Ruth and her sister have both lived at the HTDC Orphanage since 2017. Their mum sadly died giving birth to their younger sibling, who also didn't make it. Despite this tragedy Ruth stays positive, is very close with her sister and is doing well in school.

Four year old Matialdo also needs your support. Matialdo's mum is still alive but she left Matialdo at the orphanage after his dad was killed in a hurricane. Matialdo's a quiet boy, but he loves his food and playing with other children his age. HTDC hopes to reunite the family in future, but for now they're looking after him and they need your help to continue.

The HTDC Orphanage does its very best for Ruth, Matialdo and all the children in its care, but the situation in Haiti is as tough as it’s ever been. 

If you have any questions about the orphanage and how we use your donations, or if you think you could help with donations and clothes and more in Florida, then please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Seven year old Ruth needs you now
Seven year old Ruth needs you now
Four year Matialdo is staying at HTDC
Four year Matialdo is staying at HTDC
Bervalie and her brother need your help
Bervalie and her brother need your help
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The children are all safe thanks to you!
The children are all safe thanks to you!

Thanks so much for your support of the HTDC Orphanage. With much of the world’s attention focused on Covid-19, the worsening political situation in Haiti may not be getting much airtime, and your amazing generosity is one of the only things keeping the storm outside the orphanage’s gates right now.

Political unrest has been simmering away for well over a year, but it’s taken a dramatic turn for the worse recently due to plans to hold a referendum in June on strengthening the President’s powers. With presidential elections already overdue since 2019 many in Haiti fear a return to the days of dictatorship.

Thousands of people have flooded the streets to angrily protest and demand the President’s resignation. The President’s own supporters have responded in kind, making travel across the capital dangerous due to running conflicts between opposing factions. Kidnappings and crime have also become commonplace, and schools and businesses have been forced to close.

As mentioned in a project report last summer this situation has placed extreme pressure on the HTDC Orphanage because basic essentials, including food and fuel, are hard to find and this has driven up costs. At the same time the impacts of Covid-19 on the global economy has meant that funding from the orphanage’s other international supporters has fallen dramatically. 

In response to this we’ve increased our own monthly contributions towards the orphanage’s running costs, and this has only been possible because of your incredible support. Thanks to you the children are still receiving healthy meals, including chicken and rice on Good Friday and rice, beans, macaroni salad and fried fish on Easter Sunday.

The orphanage’s property is of course the foundation on which everything else is built, and the annual rent will be due again in June. Happily, thanks to your previous donations, we have enough in hand to cover this for the next year, meaning that for now at least the children will all continue to have a safe home. Thank you so much!

The situation in Haiti is still very fragile however, and at the moment there is no clear path to resolving the political tensions which have once again boiled over into violence. So, your continued support will be essential to ensuring the continued security of the children in the orphanage’s care.

If you have any questions about the orphanage and how we use your donations, or if you think you could help with donations and clothes and more in Florida, then please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Enjoying an Easter meal
Enjoying an Easter meal
Yummy!
Yummy!
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Andy Chaggar
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