Project #6235

Provide a safe home for Haitian Orphans

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
What's left of the school

“I was scared [the storm] would come and break everything. We were prepared, but the big winds can break so many things – like the school...”

              - Titi, 14

Thanks to you, Titi and the rest of the kids at the orphanage weathered Tropical Storm Isaac safely in a home which even “the big winds” couldn’t break. But the storm destroyed his classroom, and without a place to go to school, his future is once again insecure.

Isaac was a blow to the orphanage but it was certainly not a crippling one, and the children aren’t facing it alone. They have you on their side.

The classrooms Isaac destroyed were tents which were only intended to act as transitional structures. We plan to build back with classrooms that will withstand any storm Haiti can throw at them.

The storm also destroyed the orphanage’s transformer, leaving the orphanage without power. Together, repairs to the transformer and school will cost $6,354.

We also need to pay rent on the orphanage’s house to ensure another two years of safe housing. We have some funds in reserve for the rent, but we still need to raise an additional $10,000. That means we’re aiming to raise a total of $16,354.

We know that these are big numbers, but we also know that the kids have more than 1,000 incredible supporters like you right here on GlobalGiving. Together, we can reach our goal of safe housing and a quality education for all of the children at the HTDC orphanage. Please donate today.

You can also help out by activating your network for the kids at the HTDC orphanage. Circulate this email at your office, hold a fundraising event, or simply share this update on social media to let your friends and family know that the children at the HTDC orphanage.

You can also let them know that their funds will be in safe hands – EDV directors Andy Chaggar and Emma Taylor will be traveling to Haiti from September 22nd to September 29th. They’ll use their time in Haiti to plan and monitor the vital repair work.

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact

She's lost her school - but you can help rebuild
What's left of the school
They've lost their school. You can help rebuild.
Surveying the floods. Photo: Reuters
Surveying the floods. Photo: Reuters

On Friday August 24th, Tropical Storm Isaac slammed into Haiti, bringing 60mph winds and torrential rain. Isaac flooded many parts of Port au Prince, flattened countless tents, affected 14,000 families, and killed at least four people.

Thanks to you, the orphanage weathered the storm in a safe, concrete house and everyone is safe, but they didn’t escape unscathed. The storm destroyed the orphanage’s school.

Communications with Haiti are still difficult, so we don’t yet have pictures or details for you. In the coming days we’ll gather information about the damage and what we’ll need to rebuild. As we learn more we’ll let you know.

Together, we can rebuild the orphanage school better than it was before. We hope that you’ll donate today or share this page with friends and family to let them know that while Isaac hit Haiti hard, we’re ready to rebuild.

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and we’ll update you again soon.


The children
The children's art

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who gave on June 13th and had their donations matched by 50%! It’s thanks to donors like you that the kids continue to thrive.

Summer has started off with a celebration of children’s day in Haiti where the kids showcased their recycled art. We asked the directors of the orphanage why they chose to focus on recycled art.

We decided to use recycled items because we believe that you can turn something ugly into something beautiful [and because] pollution is such a big problem in Haiti. Getting the kids to use the items we find in the street gives them a direct contact with their environment [and teaches them] how to change an item that is lost and ugly into something beautiful.

We love the sentiment, and are so glad that the orphanage directors are teaching the children in their care such valuable lessons.

The kids enjoyed their day, and we’re so proud of all they achieved. Their enjoyment is a direct result of your generosity not just on June 13th, but over the past year. Your donations are changing these children’s lives, and we can hardly express how much the staff at EDV and the kids at the orphanage appreciate your donations.

Thanks so much for all you give.

Collecting trash to make art
Collecting trash to make art
Creating treasure from trash
Creating treasure from trash


The kids really appreciate your support
The kids really appreciate your support

On Wednesday, June 13th, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations by 50%! This is a fantastic opportunity to ensure that the kids continue to thrive through the summer and beyond.

Your donations are essential to ensuring that the kids at the HTDC orphanage stay in school, eat nutritious food, and have a safe place to live. Without you, the children would still be in tents.

We hope that on Wednesday you’ll continue your inspiring support of the orphanage by making a donation. Even small donations help us secure a bright future for these vulnerable children.

If you don’t feel that you can donate, you can still help out by spreading the word about this fantastic matching opportunity by emailing friends and family or sharing information about the matching day on Facebook.

Thanks so much for all you’ve already done to support the kids at the Hands Together to Defend the Children Orphanage, and our warmest regards.


Enjoying his Lunch
Enjoying his Lunch

It’s been a trying start to the summer for the children at the Hands Together to Defend the Children (HTDC) Orphanage. With the start of the rainy season comes a spike in malaria risk, and two of the children have fallen ill.

Happily, thanks to the support you provided, the directors had the resources they needed to get the sick children to the hospital and provide for their needs while they received treatment. Today, everyone is on the mend, and looking forward to an exciting summer.

This Friday is children’s day in Haiti, and as a registered orphanage, the kids at HTDC will be preparing and exhibition and performance to illustrate the creativity and beauty of Haiti’s children. This important exhibition will be attended by the ministry for child protection in Haiti, and the kids are all very excited!

As they prepare for the exhibition, the staff are also gearing up for another summer camp at the orphanage. The kids will be working on art projects, learning English, going on field trips and attending fun classes on working together. These enriching activities ensure that the children’s education won’t stop just because the school year is over.

Without your support, a swift recovery from illness would be out of reach for the children at the HTDC orphanage, let alone a fun summer camp! You have changed these children’s lives in so many ways, and we can’t thank you enough.

This summer we’ll be keeping you updated on all the fun you’ve made possible in Haiti with photos and stories from the summer camp. We hope these updates help bring home for you how important you are to these lovely kids.

Thanks so much for all you’ve given, and our warmest regards.

Celebrating Mother
Celebrating Mother's Day in Haiti



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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

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

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