Project #6235

Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Celebrating thanks to you!
Celebrating thanks to you!

First and foremost – thanks so much to everyone who gave on GlobalGiving’s most recent matching day! Your gifts on February 12th went 30% further to change the lives of children like Bodlyson and Kenson.

Bodlyson, Kenson and all the kids at the orphanage have had an especially good month because donors like you have given us the funds we need to invest in enriching activities for the kids. Those funds couldn’t have come at a better time because this month is Carnival in Haiti!

Port-au-Prince's annual Carnival is one of the largest Mardi Gras carnivals in the Caribbean and North America. Carnival is celebrated with music, bands and parades and music is central to the celebrations.

Carnival has been celebrated in Haiti since 1804 and is an important part of Haitian history, but many of the kids at HTDC have never had the means to take part in the celebrations.

This year, thanks to you, the kids have joined in to the festivities by dressing up, putting on their own show and learning about Carnival’s past in their country.

Without your generosity, these enriching cultural activities which have given the kids a chance to enjoy themselves and express their personalities would have been impossible – thanks so much!

As we move into summer, we’re looking forward to what other activities the Haitian orphanage leaders have in store for the kids – we can’t wait to update you on all the joy you’ve made possible!

If you ever have any questions on how your donation is changing lives at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage, please don’t hesitate to email me at I would be delighted to hear from you. 

Very kind regards,

Dressed up for carnival
Dressed up for carnival
You can show them some Valentines Day love!
You can show them some Valentines Day love!

2014 is off to a fantastic start at HTDC. We’re delighted to announce that the orphanage’s business selling chickens has been fully funded!

The chicken coop is built, and soon it will be full of 200 chickens. The profit from egg sales will soon begin reducing the orphanage’s reliance on donors like you, but until then the kids still rely on you to ensure they have food, school, healthcare, a place to live and enriching activities.

This Valentines day, we’re hoping that you’ll show HTDC some love by giving on February 12th. Why February 12th and not 14th? Because on February 12th, GlobalGiving will match your donation by 30%!

That means that if you give just $10, GlobalGiving will add $3 to your gift, and we’ll have the funding we need to hole an enriching art day and let HTDC’s kids enjoy getting messy with paint.

Please give what you can on February 12th.

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and if you have any questions about our work please don’t hesitate to email

Help them have a happy Valentines Day
Help them have a happy Valentines Day
Jumping for joy thanks to you!
Jumping for joy thanks to you!

We’d like to extend a warm thank you for your generosity! Together, you’ve given a fantastic $9,747 this holiday season.

Your gifts are changing kids like Jean-Wilkenson's lives. Before you began supporting the orphanage, Wilkenson lived on the streets selling water. Because you chose to give, today Wilkenson has a safe home, food and health care, and dreams of being a doctor.

Thanks so much for giving Wilkenson and 30 kids like him a future!

As we move into a brand new year, we’re focusing on a more sustainable HTDC by investing in a bus business. While the business gets off the ground, it’s a huge comfort to know that donors like you will be there to help kids like Wilkenson .

As always, if you ever have any questions about how we’re using your donation please don’t hesitate to email I would love to hear from you!

Thanks again, and very kind regards.

They had a Merry Christmas thanks to you!
They had a Merry Christmas thanks to you!

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and thanks so much to everyone who has set up recurring donations following our emails on the 20th!

Today, we’re looking back on 2013. Thanks to you, we not only gave the orphanage’s existing kids the education, food, safe home, and enriching activities they need to grow into tomorrow’s leaders – we also welcomed three new children.

Those new kids, like Kristelle, had an incredibly difficult 2013. But, thanks to you, today they have a loving home and, last week, they had a Merry Christmas complete with a turkey dinner and a visit from Santa.

In 2014, we intend to keep supporting the kids at the HTDC orphanage and welcome more homeless kids, but we can’t do it without you.

This New Year, we hope that you’ll resolve to make 2014 a year of giving by setting up a monthly recurring donation. Giving just $20 a month will fund a child’s education for the entire year.

Even better, when you set up your recurring donation before the ball drops and 2014 begins, GlobalGiving will match your gift.

Set up your monthly donation here 

If you’re not ready to commit to a monthly donation, your one-off donation, whatever its size, will be gratefully received.

Thanks so much, and we wish you a very Happy New Year!

Their favourite gift was Uno!
Their favourite gift was Uno!


Christmas is a time for fun and games at HTDC
Christmas is a time for fun and games at HTDC

Fantastic news! Since our last update, generous donors just like you gave a wonderful $5,000 to help the HTDC orphanage launch its own small business selling chicken eggs.

The profits from those eggs will help the orphanage’s leaders give children like Gusline a secure future. Like so many of the kids in the orphanage’s care, Gusline’s parents abandoned her. There is no record of her birth or her early childhood. Without the orphanage she would be homeless, completely undocumented, and vulnerable.

But in the orphanage’s care, she’s blossomed into a healthy, happy four year old girl who loves dresses and playing with her friends. 

The orphanage is working toward self-sufficiency with its chicken business and other businesses they’ll soon begin. But those businesses aren’t paying the bills yet, so for the time being they’re reliant on donors like you to ensure Gusline has food, school, healthcare, and maybe even a few gifts on Christmas morning.

This Christmas, we hope you’ll help us give Gusline a Merry Christmas by becoming a monthly donor. When you create your recurring donation between today and New Year’s Eve, GlobalGiving will match your donation!

Your gift of just $10 a month is enough to fund three month’s education for Gusline, so please consider giving what you can.

Set up your monthly gift here

Not ready to commit to a monthly donation? No problem. Your donation of just $26 will give Gusline or a child like her a full month of nutritious food.

Thanks so very much - and, if you’re celebrating this year, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

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Organization Information

International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Andy Chaggar
Bristol, Somerset United Kingdom