Jumping for joy during a recent beach trip
Thanks to you, the kids at the HTDC orphanage in Haiti are all enjoying a wonderful summer. But there are dark clouds gathering on the horizon. So this project report is also partly an appeal for your continued support if possible.
Since our last report school closed for the summer, and the kids at the orphanage were all excited for the long weeks of fun ahead. But before the break started, there was a last bit of business to attend to.
Carlo, the orphanage director, explained:
“We organized a graduation for the kids, [including] Bodlison, Kenson, Novelie, Oberson, Schnaidine, Bodlina, who graduated from kindergarten and will be going to 1st grade next school year. They received certificates. During the ceremony, other students performed and there was a dance troupe. The ceremony came to a close with a party including a DJ and food.
We’ve always loved the way the orphanage formally marks these important rites of passage and, as always, the kids looked amazing dressed up for this latest event.
And with the celebrations done, the kids could finally get down to the serious business of enjoying their summer!
Carlo again explained:
“During the first week of June, we took the kids to the beach in the morning and came back in the afternoon. HTDC staff members prepared and brought food and drinks for all the kids. They swam, enjoyed themselves, and had a lot of fun”.
Carlo also sent us some great pictures from this trip, two of which we’ve included in this update. As you can see the kids enjoyed every minute, and are clearly thriving in the orphanage's care, despite their tough starts in life.
And this is where worries about the future to start to resurface. The kids are all safe and happy at the orphanage, but houses large enough for all the kids are very expensive in Port-au-Prince. What’s more the custom in Haiti is for rent to be paid in advance every two years.
The next payment for the orphanage is due this coming November, and this year the landlord also wants to increase the rent to $16,000 (or $8,000 a year in total).
We know many of you have already generously donated towards this cause. For example, through our specific micro-projects for Paolo, Rose, Nathaelle and more. But while these micro-projects have raised almost $9,000 in total since April 2015, around two thirds of this has always been allocated to cover caregiver salaries, and monthly utilities.
This means we’ve only secured around $3,000 specifically for the rent, and that we’re still $13,000 short of covering the full payment for the next two years.
The orphanage are reaching out to other partners, and we’re also talking to the landlord to see if he’ll accept smaller, more frequent rent payments. But at the moment, there’s no guarantee any of this will help.
This is obviously very worrying for us, and also for the orphanage directors and the kids! The house is the centre of the orphanage, and if the rent can’t be found then the kids risk returning to the squalid living conditions they were in when we met them back in 2010.
The worst case scenario is that the kids end up on the streets, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and destined to a life of poverty.
We know that a more sustainable solution for the orphanage has to be found. That’s why we also have a fundraising project on GlobalGiving to give the orphanage it’s own income.
But this longer-term solution is still being developed, and in the short-term the kids are still reliant on your generosity to provide them with a safe home.
If you can, please donate today so that come November, we can keep a roof over the heads of these beautiful kids.
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.
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Keeping cool despite the tropical heat
Another rite of passage marked in style
Please help us keep this roof over the kids heads!