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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
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
It was all smiles during a recent visit
It was all smiles during a recent visit

Thanks to your incredible support the children at the HTDC Orphanage now have a safe home for another year. Your kind donations recently allowed us to pay the rent for 2018, meaning that the kids have somewhere to live, and in the case of the younger ones, also attend school too. Thank you so much.

The last few months also brought a special visitor as one of our volunteers, Schnyeder, was able to visit the orphanage to obtain some new photos and help us plan for the year ahead. We’re including some of our favourite pictures in this report, and we also wanted to share some of Schnyeder’s reflections from the trip, as we found them quite moving:

“The orphanage in Port-au-Prince was pleasant. My first day there began after the school day has started. There were more than 30 kids on campus as about a dozen from the community also pay tuition to attend school there.

The children are simply beautiful. Despite poverty and being orphaned, they were very happy, infectiously happy. Where tears would consume my eyes, joy overflows my heart. These children are so sweet, so happy, and find the simplest things to laugh at.

The school on site is an advantageous attribute. It protects the younger children and is a lot easier to bring a handful of teachers to the campus versus coordinating the kids to various schools in traffic every morning. I find that many of the teachers are engaging, enthusiastic, and commanded the subjects they are teaching fairly well.”

It’s great to receive these updates from the orphanage, and Schnyeder’s trip also helped us to understand their overall situation better, because there have been several developments at the orphanage since our last visit.

The most important of these is that the orphanage director, Carlo, is now managing two separate facilities. In addition to the main orphanage Carlo is now also running a “crèche” that works with IBESR (the Haitian Institute for Social Welfare & Research) to place children aged six and under with adoptive families.

The new facility, which is registered separately from the main orphanage, provides a home for these children while their cases are being processed, which can take up to three years in total. Sadly, the government can’t afford to pay Carlo to look after the children in advance, but he does receive funding after each case is completed.

It’s a lot of work, and takes careful management, but last year Carlo was able to earn enough to run the “crèche” and also help to support the main orphanage as well. These contributions from Carlo aren’t nearly enough on their own, so your support is still vital to keeping the kids housed, fed and in school, but they make a difference and give the main orphanage another income stream, which is always good for resilience.

Overall it’s also a practical system. The younger kids from the “crèche” can attend school at the main orphanage, and the older kids who can’t easily be placed with new families still have a safe loving home in Haiti.

However, adding the “crèche” adds another layer of complexity to what was already a challenging operation to run at times. So, we’re going to have to spend a bit of time considering the safeguards Carlo already has in place, such as separate bank accounts for each facility, and determining whether any additional ones need to be established.

We’ll keep you posted on developments and in the interim we’ll continue doing what we have since 2010 - helping to provide a safe home, school and nutritious meals for these beautiful children. Thanks so much for continuing to make this possible.

Fritz looked happy during a recent visit
Fritz looked happy during a recent visit
Florentina is also healthy and happy
Florentina is also healthy and happy
Wisly is really growing up!
Wisly is really growing up!
Nathanaelle is doing well at secondary school
Nathanaelle is doing well at secondary school

Thanks to your amazing generosity the children at the HTDC orphanage have now settled into a new school year.

In our last report we explained that, as well providing a safe home, your kind donations were helping to buy uniforms and books so that the kids could start class. While another of the orphanage’s partners was able to contribute, this wasn’t as much as initially hoped. So, in the end it was your generosity which covered most of the costs.

Although many of the children at the orphanage have lost parents, several live there because their remaining family are too poor to look after them. This is often because they lack the education needed to find a job. So your support really is helping to break the cycle of poverty for these kids. Thanks so much for making this possible again this year.

We asked Carlo, the orphanage director, how the children were getting on in school, and he had this to say:

“Nathanaelle has started secondary class and she’s very happy with the school and she does very good. She’s looking forward to finishing school in the next couple of years to go and study nursing.

Wisly also started school very well. All is good for him, and he’s waiting for the result of some exams he had a few weeks ago, but he think he will make a good score.

Wilson is very excited to be in secondary class now as well. He likes the new type of classes like English, Spanish and literature. He says that he will do his best to be good with all the new classes as he just started secondary classes and wants us to be proud.”

After watching them grow up over the years it’s amazing to see the older kids move into secondary education. Some are even ready to acquire job skills too.

For example, Wikenson and Nathanaelle will soon go on a course to learn about plumbing and electricity, and Paolo and Wisly will learn floor tiling. While it’s another orphanage partner who’s organising this vocational training it’s your generosity over the years that’s given these growing young people the education needed to take up this opportunity. Thanks again for making all this possible.

With the children all back in school and some also learning job skills the next challenge the orphanage will have to face is paying next year’s rent which is due again just after Christmas. Thanks to your donations over the last ten months we already have over half of the $7,000 due. However, more help is still needed to keep a roof over the children’s heads. So if you are able to help further as the holiday season approaches then we’d be incredibly grateful 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.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVMedia on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

Wisly is a whizz at exams
Wisly is a whizz at exams
The younger kids are learning their ABCs
The younger kids are learning their ABCs
Thanks so much for breaking the cycle of poverty!
Thanks so much for breaking the cycle of poverty!
Swimming lessons continue
Swimming lessons continue

Thanks to your incredible generosity the children at the HTDC orphanage are continuing to make the most of their summer.

The swimming classes we described in our last report have continued, and as well as giving the kids some important practical skills they also provide a cooling respite from Haiti’s ferocious heat.

Carlo, the orphanage director, recently sent us some photos and it’s great to see how much fun the kids are having. There’s a few included in this report.

Yet, swimming isn’t the only activity going on. Entertaining thirty children over the school break can be hard work for the orphanage staff, who still have to cook and clean as well.

So, Carlo recently organised some arts and crafts sessions, which again keep the kids busy while teaching them something practical.

Carlo had this to say about the summer activities:

Now it is summertime the kids are enjoying themselves with their friends from the neighborhood. We have art crafts class and a teacher shows the older kids how to make sandals.

Nathanaelle is the one who makes the most sandals, she is very good at it and she started to help other kids who is interested to learn.

Nefky is good as well and he always like to make improvements to how he is making the sandals - he is very smart and the teacher like him a lot!

Wisly and Rose do well at making paper flowers and other decorations. We will use the decorations during a fete this Saturday, and show what the kids have accomplished during the summer time.

We also have a volunteer who wants to teach some of the kids how to play guitar and keyboard. The children are very excited to learn music.”

All in all the kids have been having a great summer break, but while they’re busy having fun we’re conscious that the new school year is also on its way, and we have to be ready for when it arrives.

So, Carlo also sent us some updates on plans:

“School will be start by 4th of September, and we have to spend $2,200 for books and uniforms just to get started.

Then of course there is the monthly cost for the teachers too. Elise [from Casiopee] is in Haiti and she tries to help with school matériels, but we need more help too”.

We’ve worked hard over the last year to make the orphanage less reliant on us, so we were initially a little hesitant about helping with the books and uniforms on top of our monthly support.

However, we also know that if the kids don’t start the school year prepared this will undermine their education over the rest of the year. So, in the end we agreed to use your kind donations to cover the half the school start up costs as well.

This arrangement still leaves room for the orphanage’s other partners to contribute, but it also means that the staff can start preparing so that the kids get the best possible start to the new school year.

Thank you so much for making all this possible.

As always, if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVMedia on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

Swimming provides a cooling break from the heat
Swimming provides a cooling break from the heat
Nathanaelle rocks a sandal production line!
Nathanaelle rocks a sandal production line!
The kids also learn how to make paper decorations
The kids also learn how to make paper decorations
The carnival party at HTDC orphanage
The carnival party at HTDC orphanage

Thanks to your amazing support the children at the HTDC orphanage have been enjoying loads of fun recently.

Because of your generous donations the rent’s been paid, and the kids are all well-fed and in school. The orphanage is also continuing to earn its own income using the bus we recently provided. This income doesn’t cover all the orphanage’s monthly costs, but thanks to your support we now have enough funding to fill the gap for the rest of 2017.

With financial security achieved, at least for the rest of the year, the orphanage staff have been able to relax a little bit and focus on providing some fun activities for the children. We asked orphanage director Carlo to explain:

We just rented the bus to a group who came from canada - they paid about 400$. We also rented to a family in the south of Haiti for a funeral. We made about 500$ from that but we pay the gas of about 80$ for the whole week.

Because of the new money we were able to have a party at the orphanage for the national carnival celebration. The kids got dress[ed] up again, and we had food and dancing.

We also had an Easter dinner and party last month, and now we have a friend at the US Embassy called Cori who take the kids to swim at her house. Cori wants to organize a swimming class for the kids, they just looking for more volunteers as teachers to start the class.”

The pictures in this report show just how much fun this has all been. But we also asked some of the children their thoughts. Manoucheca, who recently turned seventeen, had this to say:

“I liked carnival because there is always a good new dance, and I like when mommie Denise [Carlo’s mum] organize the party for us. She makes nice costumes for the young kids - like queens and kings, it’s always fun.

I love going to the swimming pool because it’s a clean pool and Cori give us good food like pizza. I love pizza. When they start the swimming class I will be happy to learn how to swim”

Thirteen year old Wilkenson said this:

“Carnival is funny even when we don't go to the big festival downtown. Mommi Denise does a party at the house and I like the dances.

I would like to go to swim everyday because the pool is bigger than other pool we use to go. I am happy to know how to swim.”

It’s really been a fantastic few months for the kids, and none of this would have been possible with your support. Thanks so much!

Of course, we’re not getting complacent about the future, and neither are the orphanage staff. Carlo also had this to say:

“This month I talk to another organization called EEH to get more help. They have their committee meeting this Friday to discuss a vocational training for the older kids. Maybe they can also help with some food every few months.

And we already thinking what to do with the rent situation for next year. I’m trying to talk to more people about it to see how we can start planning to build something on the land we purchased a couple [of] years ago.”

It’s great to see Carlo taking the initiative like this, and we’ll also be continuing our fundraising right here on GlobalGiving. Between us all, we can give the kids at HTDC orphanage a great childhood AND a bright future.

As always, if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.

For more updates about our work please like us on Facebook or follow IDVMedia on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

This group of visitors rented the orphanage
This group of visitors rented the orphanage's bus
The younger children enjoying their Easter dinner
The younger children enjoying their Easter dinner
Swimming with Cori from the US Embassy
Swimming with Cori from the US Embassy
 

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