Children  Haiti Project #6235

Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) Vetted since 2009 Project of the Month Site Visit Verified
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
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
A graduation ceremony marks the end of school
A graduation ceremony marks the end of school

Thanks to your amazing support the children at the HTDC orphanage have finished another school year and are making the most of their summer

Carlo the Orphanage Director told us all about it:

For the end of school we organized a graduation ceremony. We had about eight kids graduate from kindergarten to go to primary school. Two are from the orphanage and the other six kids are kids who attend our school from the neighborhood.

For the older kids all but two passed their final exams. We are very happy for them being successful to go to the next step. Wikenson is specially happy as he passed his 8th grade exams this year.

May 18 is flag day in Haiti. We had a small activity for the kids, they learned more about the flag and our history. The older children was very happy to learn more about our beautiful story as the first independent Black Country.

In June there was a big activity for the children. We had a chance to take most of the kids out for the day. The kids had so much fun, some of them performed singing, and Nolson danced.

Now the kids start enjoying a summer camp. We provide a meal for all the kids, some rice and beans. We also have an English teacher that play guitar and sing with them and a teacher that do sports with them.

Next week week we will have even more options because my church will get involved to help out more in the summer camp. I’m working with my church to see how we can start a music class for the kids who would like to attend some times this year. It could be a class for them during school.

We also start preparing the school for next year. We are painting and fixing benches and other stuff to get ready for September 3. Some other kids from the neighborhood are signing up to attend this year, and we are planning training for our teachers in two weeks.”

It’s always great to get these updates from Carlo, and we hope you like the photos too. Thanks so much as always for making this all possible.

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.

Flag day in Haiti
Flag day in Haiti
Entertaining the kids during the holiday
Entertaining the kids during the holiday
A group shot, smile everyone!
A group shot, smile everyone!
Vegetables are awesome!
Vegetables are awesome!

Thanks to your incredible generosity the children at the HTDC orphanage have been enjoying themselves recently.

With the help of your generous donations the rent’s been paid for the year, and the kids are all eating nutritious meals and doing well in school. So, while longer-term funding is still needed, the Orphanage Director Carlo has been able to organise some fun activities and celebrate some special days with the kids. Carlo explained as follows:

For Easter the kids had a great weekend and we organized two nice dinner for the kids, they enjoyed a vacation from school and eating all the Easter food and saying prayers .

We also start playing more sport and games with the older kids two days a week. We hire a new teacher to do the sport with them, all the kids enjoy it and ask for more days per week. I will try to get some sneakers as donations and some other materials for the kids to do more sports.

On May 1 we also have a little party to celebrate Agriculture day in Haiti. The teacher explained to them why they should protect their environment and plant more trees and protect the trees we have. We had the kids plant some vegetables and we cooked and ate some vegetables and fruits together.”

This all sounded like loads of fun and we asked some of the kids what they thought.

Fourteen year old Wisly said:

would like to do sports every day because it’s very fun with the new teacher - he teaches us many other games that I did not know!”

On the other hand, seventeen year old Jean Wikenson seemed to prefer all the food!:

I like Easter time and Agriculture day because we have so much variety of food with salads and meat. These special foods, they always delicious”.

Finally, ten year old Florentina loved all the activities:

I liked the food and enjoyed the time off school watching Christian movies. I like the sports time too, I always get ready before the other kids!”

It’s great to hear how much fun the kids are having, and without the financial security you help provide none of this would be possible. Thanks so much 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.




Teaching the kids about local produce
Teaching the kids about local produce
Hopefully these green shoots will bear fruit
Hopefully these green shoots will bear fruit
Some of the younger kids being served at Easter
Some of the younger kids being served at Easter
 

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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

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Andy Chaggar
Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom

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