Project #6235

Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
The kids are thriving at their new school
The kids are thriving at their new school

Thanks to your incredible support the kids at the HTDC orphanage are continuing to thrive!

Because of your generosity all the kids are safe, enjoying nutritious meals and receiving the education they need to build bright futures.

But, owing to the current situation in Haiti, they need you now more than ever!

In our last project report we explained that we were planning to move the orphanage to the Bon Repos area of Port-au-Prince.  We’d identified several properties and our favorite choice seemed ideal.

Sadly, due to a worsening political crisis, the security situation now means that we’re not confident Bon Repos will be a safe enough area for the kids, at least not after night falls.

There are other houses available in other neighborhoods, including in Clercine, where the orphanage has been based for the last several years.  So, the kids will still have a safe new home.

But the kids are also already enrolled and settled in a new school in Bon Repos, which is still safe in the day.  While we could move them to another school, nearer their eventual new home, their school fees have already been paid and it would disrupt the kids’ education and friendships.

If we can, keeping the kids in their current school is definitely the best option for the remainder of the school year.

But the challenge the kids now face is being driven to school everyday until June.  This is expensive and it costs almost $450 a month to hire a vehicle.

We’d previously budgeted for only four months of school transport costs, so we’re very sorry to report that HTDC is now facing around $2,700 in additional, unforeseen costs over the next six months.

The cost to send each child to school for the year is now set to be $114 more than the $483 originally budgeted.  We are genuinely sorry to all those donors who have already funded a year of school for a specific child as there is now a shortfall for each child.

This is why the kids need you right now more than ever before.

We’re now asking you to consider helping the kids once again.  But this time, rather than asking you to just keep paying for the kids needs, we’re asking you to help the orphanage meet its own needs.

We’ve already begun fundraising on GlobalGiving to buy a vehicle for the orphanage.  The original goal of this effort was to “Give 30 Orphaned Children a Sustainable Income” by purchasing a vehicle the orphanage could rent out during the day to earn money.

But, if we’re able to buy this vehicle soon we can continue with these plans and, at the same time, the orphanage can also save money by driving the kids to school themselves.

So please consider contributing towards the vehicle costs today.

Once again, we’re sorry that the changing security situation in Port-au-Prince has affected our original budget.

If you have any questions about this issue, or in general, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you.

The orphanage staff are looking for a new house
The orphanage staff are looking for a new house
The orphanage needs a vehicle like this one.
The orphanage needs a vehicle like this one.
Nicholson and Paolo performed a song for Christmas
Nicholson and Paolo performed a song for Christmas

The holiday season is upon us and, like children all over the world, the kids at HTDC orphanage are getting really excited about Christmas.

To help keep their excitement in check, and because the kids have all been so good this year, the orphanage directors recently decided to have a Christmas party ahead of the big day.

Many friends of the orphanage came by and the party started with a performance from the kids.  Thirteen year old Nicholson and twelve year old Paolo sang a song about Haiti and then some of the older girls performed a dance.

The visitors all loved the show and afterwards everyone shared pizza which was a special treat for the kids.

After eating there was another big surprise for the kids as Santa dropped by to give them all presents.  Five year old Bodlison was delighted with the toy cars he received, but he said afterwards he’d really like to get a car big enough to drive in one day!

It was a wonderful experience for all the children and special days like these are only made possible because of your incredible support.

It’s only because of your generosity that the kids have a safe home, food and education throughout the year.  And these are the foundations which allow the orphanage to provide the kids with special days of joy at times like Christmas.

Thanks so much for letting these kids be kids this Christmas!

If you’d like to give the orphanage a little more joy over the next few days then GlobalGiving is making this a little easier through their Year-End campaign.  Projects that raise at least $3,000 from thirty unique donors before December 31 are eligible to receive a one-off bonus award.  

We’ve already raised over $3,000 but we need more individual donors.  So please consider donating this week if you can.

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you.

Santa dropped by to give all the kids gifts
Santa dropped by to give all the kids gifts
The kids at the orphanage are excited this month!
The kids at the orphanage are excited this month!

There are big changes afoot at the HTDC orphanage!

For the last four years your generous donations have allowed us to provide a safe home for all the kids by renting a house in the Clercine area of Port au Prince. This home has provided a wonderful environment for the kids. Living there has allowed them to really thrive and enjoy their childhoods.

But for the last couple of years the landlord has been developing the property, and he’s recently completed the addition of a whole new storey on top of the original house. The new additions mean that this house now has more room than the kids need.

So, with the property’s lease up for renewal in November, we’ve decided that rather than rent the unnecessary new space, it’s better to move the orphanage - and of course all the kids - to a lovely new home.

After much discussion with the orphanage directors we’ve identified several potential new homes in the Bon Repos area of Port au Prince. Our favourite choice actually has a little more room than the original house despite it costing less. It also has a beautiful garden with mango, coconut and palm trees.

We’re aiming to finalise the lease on this new house in the next week or two. So stay tuned for more updates soon.

A new home means other changes for the kids as well.

For the last few years the orphanage has employed teachers and run its own school for the kids. While all the kids have done really well in this home school, the orphanage directors now want them to socialise with others and get a wider education.

So, thanks to your amazing support, we recently enrolled the kids at a school close to the new house.

Once the kids move into their new home they’ll be able to easily walk back and forth to school. But for now, they’re being driven everyday and are also provided with school lunches.

At the start we were a little worried that all these changes might be hard on the kids. But if anything, they just seem to be excited and are loving their new school!

For example, here’s what 12 year old Nefky had to say:

“I love my new school because the teachers. I have a lot of space to play with my new friends. I like going far to go to school and I like the food they give me as lunch. I like the computer class and the English class”

It’s only because of your incredible support that these exciting new developments are possible. Because of you all the kids continue to have a safe home and the education they deserve. Thanks so much for all you’ve given!

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you.

Nefky in his new school uniform
Nefky in his new school uniform
Saying thank you for being recognized!
Saying thank you for being recognized!

Thanks to your generous donations the kids at the HTDC orphanage are continuing to thrive!

The school year has just finished and all of the kids have worked really hard and done well. However, special praise goes to the six kids who “graduated” kindergarten and who will be moving onto elementary school this fall.

The orphanage held a special graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievement, and its partly by rewarding achievements in this way that the orphanage leaders teach the kids about responsibility while also having fun.

But, the orphanage leaders’ successful methods show every day, not just on special events like graduation.

The older kids continue to get involved with helping around the orphanage. For example, by helping organize “summer camp” now school is out. Also, Nathaelle, one of the eldest kids, is now helping to translate when English speaking visitors drop by.

The older kids also help the younger kids learn about responsibility by organizing competitions to see who has the tidiest room, or does their homework first. In this way all the kids at the orphanage helps out while also having fun.

It’s great to see the kids thriving this way and its all thanks to you. Before your help the orphanage lived from day to day. Thanks to you the kids can now enjoy being kids, while also learning important lessons about life.

As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you.

Your support is changing her life
Your support is changing her life

Thanks to your extraordinary generosity, the future at HTDC looks bright.

None of the children is more aware of the difference you’ve made in their lives than Nathaelle because she was the very first child taken in by the orphanage.

Nathaelle was abandoned in 1999 when she was just a few months old. At that point the HTDC orphanage didn’t formally exist. The orphanage’s founder, Denise, heard about Nathaelle’s plight and realised she couldn’t leave the baby to fend for herself. HTDC was born when Denise took Nathaelle in.

Nathaelle has been through massive ups and downs with the orphanage. Sometimes, before the earthquake, things were ok. Other months, they were short of food and she couldn’t go to school.

As one of the oldest children at the orphanage, when the earthquake struck she helped the adults care for the younger children through incredibly difficult circumstances. Living in tents, with no idea where the next meal was coming from, Nathaelle had to grow up fast.

Today, thanks to you, things are different. Because you chose to give, Nathaelle doesn’t have to look after the younger kids and worry about finding the next meal. Instead, she’s doing what all talented young women should be doing – planning her future. She hopes to be a nurse one day.

But, as you know, Nathaelle and all the children at the orphanage still face challenges. We need to fund their education, health care, nutritious food and education. It’s a big job, but happily GlobalGiving is here to help.

One July 16th, GlobalGiving will match that your gift by 50%. This means that if you give $50, GlobalGiving will top up your donation to $75.

That makes the 16th a very exciting day

If you ever have any questions about how we’re using your gifts, please don’t hesitate to email I would be delighted to hear from you!


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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Andy Chaggar
Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom

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