Children
 Haiti
Project #6235

Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
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Thank you for being awesome!
Thank you for being awesome!

Thanks to your incredible generosity there have been several positive developments at the HTDC orphanage in recent months.

In a previous project report we explained how our own charity, IDV, was experiencing financial difficulties, and potentially facing closure in March of this year as a result. Given the orphanage’s relatively high dependence on our support, we were inevitably very concerned about the children’s future if this happened.

I’m now happy to report that the situation, for the orphanage at least, is looking a lot healthier.

Firstly, and apologies for the delay in sending this news, our end of year appeal for the orphanage secured an incredible $14,000 (or around £11,200). While this was from all sources, a considerable amount was donated via this GlobalGiving project - thanks so much for your amazing support!

Your generosity has already made an immediate impact as the orphanage’s rent of $7,000 has now been paid for all of 2017. So, the children will continue to have a safe home thanks to you.

The remaining $7,000 is enough to help meet the kids other basic needs, like food and school, until July of this year. The orphanage’s running costs are actually more than $7,000 for this period, but their dependence on us to cover the total costs has just significantly decreased thanks to a second piece of good news.

Thanks to another GlobalGiving project, which several of you have also kindly supported, we’ve just completed the purchase of a bus for the orphanage.

Although the purchase only happened in the last two weeks the orphanage has wasted no time renting out the bus to earn a vital income for the kids. For example, a group who arrived in Haiti over the weekend have hired the bus, with driver, for the whole week.

This alone will generate $150 to help meet the children’s basic needs this month, and we’re projecting that the orphanage can earn around $500 per month from the bus moving forward. This will reduce the orphanage’s reliance on your donations by a third. What’s more, because we invested in a really high quality vehicle, we’re confident that this will continue long into the future.

The orphanage will still need further support however, particularly after July when the funding discussed above runs out. But there’s also been a third positive development too.

IDV’s overall financial situation is still sadly unchanged, and this means that we’re unable to afford our single UK staff member after March. As a result there’s no way we can continue with “business as usual”. However, given the continued needs at the orphanage, and your ongoing demonstrations of support, we’ve decided to continue doing what we can on a voluntary basis.

The nature of this voluntary support will mean that we have a lot less time to fundraise. So, we’ll continue working with the orphanage’s other supporters to find ways they can do more to fill the gaps.

However, we’ll will keep this GlobalGiving project active until at least the end of our current financial year, on August 31, 2017. During this time we'll keep helping as much as we can, even if our capacity is reduced.

Once again, thank you so much for your incredible generosity. While we are definitely saddened by our own financial situation, your amazing support for the children at HTDC orphanage continues to give us hope, and also inspires us to try.

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 IDVExec on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

 

The orphanage now has its own bus
The orphanage now has its own bus
The bus will be rented out, and used for day trips
The bus will be rented out, and used for day trips
The kids enjoying a day trip to a park
The kids enjoying a day trip to a park
Florentina is looking to you today
Florentina is looking to you today

It’s #GivingTuesday! So, although we only sent you a progress report last week we wanted to mark the day by sending you this special photo report from the HTDC orphanage in Haiti.

This report includes some of our favourite photos of the children from the last few years. We think they show just how happy and healthy the kids are thanks to your support over the years.

The lead photo is of Florentina, who arrived at the orphanage in 2009. She was often sick back then, but your generosity means she’s now a healthy, loving child who passes on the care and attention she’s received to the other kids.

Nekfy, pictured below, is a born inventor. He uses bits and pieces found around the orphanage to build things - a toy car, motorcycle or pretend telephone. Thank you for helping to feed his curious and creative mind.

The final photo is of five year old Fritz. He was simply left at the orphanage one day, and so we have very little information about his background. Despite this tough start Fritz has always been an incredibly outgoing child. He’s always the first kid to capture the attention of visitors to the orphanage, and his small stature doesn’t stop him from seeing himself as the king of the orphanage!

All the other kids including Paolo, Manoucheca, Gusline, Nolky, Bodlina, Wilkenson and Christelle all have their own unique stories too. But there’s one common theme to all those stories, and that’s the vital role you’ve played in them over the last six years.  

Thanks to you all the children, no matter their exact history, are all thriving today with your support.

But the kids are still growing and more help is needed, particularly to meet their needs next year. So, between now and the end of the year we’re aiming to raise $19,000 (around £15,250) to meet those needs through 2017.

And, what’s more, GlobalGiving are also marking #GivingTuesday with an amazing 50% matching opportunity*. So, this is a great day to consider helping more if you can.

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.

*Note that GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk are running similar but separate promotions today.

GlobalGiving.org have an incredible $500,000 in match funding available on November 29 only. Donations will be matched up to $1,000 per donor while funds remain. Remaining amounts and full terms and conditions are available here.

GlobalGiving.co.uk have £20,000 in match funding available between November 29 and December 31. Donations will be matched up to £600 per donor while funds remain. Remaining amounts and full terms and conditions are available here. GiftAid available for UK-taxpayers.

 

 

Paolo likes to sing hip-hop
Paolo likes to sing hip-hop
Manoucheca wants to be a nurse
Manoucheca wants to be a nurse
Nefky is a born inventor
Nefky is a born inventor
Gusline loves school
Gusline loves school
Nolky lives giving and receiving hugs
Nolky lives giving and receiving hugs
Bodlina is full of big smiles
Bodlina is full of big smiles
Wilkenson speaks great English
Wilkenson speaks great English
Christelle is really helpful
Christelle is really helpful
Fritz thinks he
Fritz thinks he's the boss
The kids have thrived for the last six years
The kids have thrived for the last six years

Thank you so much helping to provide a safe home for Haitian orphans.

Since September 2010 more than 2,200 of you have donated in excess of $158,000 to this project. This incredible outpouring of love and generosity has kept a roof over the heads of the children at the HTDC (SMDT in french) orphanage.

Your donations have also sent the kids to school, and provided them with nutritious food, healthcare and caregivers to deal with the mountains of cooking, cleaning and entertaining that comes with almost thirty children!

Your support has meant the world to us, and the kids, particularly when we think about how far we’ve come together.

We first met the children in the summer of 2010. Their house was destroyed by the devastating earthquake earlier that year. As a result, they were living in one small room and a tent, which flooded almost daily. They were constantly short of food, the kids were often sick, and the staff had no means to send the children to school.

Survival was a daily battle for the orphanage and all the children in its care. But then you came along, and transformed their lives with your kindness and generosity.

Today, the orphanage has a network of partners, but your donations still provide over 70% of the funding required to meet the kids basic needs on a monthly basis. You’ve also continued to pay the orphanage’s rent every year.

But, while we’re incredibly grateful for your gifts, we’ve always also been conscious of the children’s dependence on external support.  

So, for the last few years we’ve also been raising funds to buy the orphanage a bus. And, thanks to the amazing support of donors like you, we now have enough funds and the bus purchase will happen in the next few weeks.

As well as being used to give the kids days out, the bus will be rented out during the school day to generate a vital income for the orphanage. At the moment this income is projected to be around $750 a month.

However, even with this new income secured, the orphanage will still need another $1,000 (around £800) each month to meet the kids needs. What’s more the orphanage’s rent is now due and they desperately need help to make this vital payment.

The landlord originally asked for $16,000 in advance for the next two years, but in the wake of Hurricane Matthew he’s kindly agreed to accept $7,000 for 2017. This is a much easier target, but sadly one we’re still short of at the moment.

There’s also other worries ahead for the orphanage as well.

IDV itself is a small charity, and for the last six years we’ve done absolutely everything we can to keep our overheads as low as possible. But despite this we’ve been struggling this year to “keep the lights on”. Unless something changes soon we’re sadly facing closure in March of next year.

If this happens then we’ll be unable to keep supporting the children at the orphanage. This is obviously a worrying situation, and one we’re working hard to address.

We’re talking with the orphanage’s other supporters, and looking at ways they can help more to fill the gaps. One of these partners, a French organisation called Cassiopee Pour l’Orphenalit SMDT, is already helping with the bus purchase, so there are positive signs.

However, we’re still concerned that the other partners won’t be able to fully step in immediately. In fact, it may take many months for the transition to completely happen.

So, between November 29 and the end of the year we’re aiming to raise $19,000 (around £15,250) to meet the children’s needs through 2017.

These funds will first be used to pay the orphanage’s rent for the year in advance. Our plan is to then transfer the remaining balance to the orphanage, who will use it to meet the kids other basic needs for the rest of the year.

We know this is an ambitious target, and that you’ve already given so much. But if you’re able to dig deep for one final push then you can ensure that the orphanage, and its other partners, have the time they need to adjust.

Our campaign will officially launch on November 29 and, thanks to GlobalGiving, this is a great day to give our appeal a flying start. That’s because on November 29 your donations will* be matched by 50%. So, if you can, please help us provide a safe home for these beautiful children in 2017.

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.

*Donations will be matched while funds remain. Note that there will be separate match funding pots on both GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk. Full T&C’s will also be available on the day itself.

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

 

But life used to be much tougher
But life used to be much tougher
Please help keep the kids jumping for joy
Please help keep the kids jumping for joy
November 29 is a great day to give
November 29 is a great day to give
Jumping for joy during a recent beach trip
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.

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

Keeping cool despite the tropical heat
Keeping cool despite the tropical heat
Another rite of passage marked in style
Another rite of passage marked in style
Please help us keep this roof over the kids heads!
Please help us keep this roof over the kids heads!
Learning about local agriculture at the orphanage
Learning about local agriculture at the orphanage

Thanks to your fantastic generosity we’re continuing to provide a safe home for the beautiful kids at the HTDC orphanage in Haiti.

And, as well as keeping a roof over the kids’ heads, your support is also allowing us to provide food, school and healthcare too. This is amazing in itself, but it also means the orphanage staff have been able to spend time organising some fun, educational activities to keep the kids entertained and engaged with their amazing home country.

For example, one of the challenges Haiti faces is poor agricultural productivity. It’s estimated that locally grown products only meet 45% of the population’s food needs. As a result food is often imported and is very expensive, particularly in such a poor country.

This is a complex problem to solve and to highlight the issues May 1 is both Agriculture and Labor day in Haiti.

Carlo, the orphanage director, wanted the kids to start understanding this important issue and so he organised a special event at the orphanage.  Here’s what he had to say about the day:

We organized this event for agriculture day with different type of local fruit and food to teach how it is important to protect our environment, why they should plant trees and explain to them how deforestation can cause erosion.

All schools and community start to get involve to this event because every day this problem causing too much other problem, we know we need to start letting the kids know about that.

[One of the kids] Nathanaelle think the agriculture event was very important and productive, and they had to eat dinner with only local food, not like their regular meals.

She think all the kids should get to know more about environment, deforestation and all the problems the world might be facing in future. She understand now why we should all [be] involve and contribute for a better Haiti and the world”.

But it doesn’t stop there. Later in the month, on May 18, the kids also celebrated Haitian Flag day, which is one of the most important days in Haiti due to the country’s history.

Carlo again explained more about this:

After ten years of fighting, the battles of the revolution came to an end in 1803 and the declaration of independence took place on January 1st 1804, where Haiti declared itself free.

On this day Haiti become a nation, and we abolished slavery. Five months later, its first flag as a nation was ready on May 18 1804. The colors of that flag was blue and red and this flag of pride and freedom is celebrated every year on May 18.

[Another of the kids] Nefky said the Flag day event was fun, they play that day and the teachers teach them more about Haiti History and how we have this flag from all the slavery fight. He think he know more about Haitian history now and is proud”.

We think it’s great that the kids are thinking so much about both their history and future while having fun at the same time.  This is all only possible because of you - thank you so much!

We know you’ve already given so much but more funds are always needed to keep the kids safe and learning too. So, if you can, please consider making another donation today.

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 IDVExec on Twitter. You can also email Andy is you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

 

And then eating the delicious local produce!
And then eating the delicious local produce!
Even the fruit juice was locally sourced
Even the fruit juice was locally sourced
The kids also celebrated Haitian Flag Day
The kids also celebrated Haitian Flag Day
 

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