Children
 Haiti
Project #14623

Give 30 Orphaned Children a Sustainable Income

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

Thanks to your amazing support we’ve now raised enough to buy the HTDC orphanage it’s own bus! This is an amazing result, and one that we and all the children are incredibly grateful for.

It’s taken a little time, but thanks to your incredible generosity and patience we’ve now raised over $10,000 to reach this important milestone.

To make sure we could buy the best vehicle possible we originally set our goal at $15,000. However, as we mentioned in our last project report, we recently teamed up with another of the orphanage’s partners, a French organisation called Cassiopee Pour l’Orphenalit SMDT (CPO-SMDT), to reach our goal sooner.

CPO-SMDT was started by a French lady called Elise. Elise originally volunteered with us in Haiti, where she was deeply moved by the children at the orphanage.

She really wanted to keep supporting the kids and, to better reach her French speaking networks, she started her own organisation. SMDT stands for Sant Mete men pou Defann Timoun, or Hands Together to Defend the Children (HTDC) in English.

A few months ago Elise launched CPO-SMDT’s own appeal for the bus, and this has now hit its EU 5,000 target. When this is added to the fantastic $10,000 donated by you, our overall goal of $15,000 has now been reached!

We’re REALLY excited to have the hit our overall goal, and we were hoping to send you photos of the new bus with this project report. However, we didn’t quite manage to finalise the purchase before this report was due.

Carlo, the director of HTDC, explains where we’ve got to:

“I just looked at a bus with a capacity of 18 kids. This bus is in good condition and all its functions/features work properly. It cost $14,000 but we are still trying to decrease the price so that we can save some money for any repair needed later. I am looking at other buses that are also in good condition just in case. I will send some photos as soon as I can.

Elise is sending her funds this upcoming week. We will put it together with the funds raised by IDV.

Once we purchase the bus and all the paperwork is done, it will be used for the kids’ activities and transport. When there are no activities, we will rent the bus to consistently generate some funds. Thank you so much!”

As Carlo describes, we’re now really close to our ultimate goal of providing the kids at the HTDC orphanage with a sustainable income, and we also echo his thanks to you for making this dream a reality.

And, although we’re still excited to proceed, we’ll continue being patient for a few more weeks. We’ll also keep this project open on GlobalGiving so that we can send you photos of the bus in a final project report. After that, we’ll retire this project on GlobalGiving.

If more donations are received in the interim, we’ll add these to a bus maintenance fund to ensure that the vehicle can have an even longer life.

Once again, and from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for your generosity and patience over the last three years. None of this would be possible with you.

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 if you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

Wilkenson is excited to use the bus
Wilkenson is excited to use the bus
Bodlina is grateful to you
Bodlina is grateful to you
You
You've given Wisly a sustainable income
The kids recently enjoyed a trip to the beach
The kids recently enjoyed a trip to the beach

Thanks to your incredible generosity our plans to provide the kids at the HTDC orphanage with a sustainable income are continuing to move forward.

With each month that passes new donations are received, and we’re continuing to save these towards the eventual purchase of a vehicle for the orphanage.

At times this vehicle will be used for days out for the kids, like the recent beach trip pictured in this report. However, at other times the vehicle will be rented out to provide the orphanage with a much needed income stream.

And although other donors are continuing to meet the kids basic needs, like food and school costs, the need for the orphanage to secure an independent, sustainable income is becoming ever more urgent.

For example, while the kids are all currently safe and happy at the orphanage, 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).

At the moment we’ve only secured around $3,000 specifically for the rent. This means we’re still $13,000 short of covering the full rent payment for the next two years.

The orphanage are reaching out to other partners for help, 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 this will be possible.

This is an incredibly worrying situation for the kids to be facing, and highlights once again why the orphanage needs its own income stream. With an income secured the orphanage would be in control of its own destiny, instead of being reliant on the generosity of others.

Of course, until buying the orphanage a vehicle becomes a reality, we’ll do everything we can to meet the upcoming rent payment.

And we also have new reason to hope that the vehicle purchase will happen sooner rather than later. In a previous project report we described how we were hoping to pool resources with another of the orphanage’s partners to get a really high quality vehicle sooner rather than later.

Well that other partner, a French organisation called Cassiopee Pour l’Orphenalit SMDT (CPO-SMDT), is poised to launch its own campaign to help fund this project - There's a link to a video about this below.

We’re delighted to be working together in this way to help ensure that the kids in the orphanages care can become financially secure without having to rely on others.

Thanks so much for continuing to contribute towards this worthy goal.

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 if you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

 

The kids are all currently thriving
The kids are all currently thriving
But Wilkenson is worried about the future
But Wilkenson is worried about the future
Your donations will provide a sustainable future
Your donations will provide a sustainable future

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The kids recently celebrated Haitian Flag Day
The kids recently celebrated Haitian Flag Day

Thanks to your ongoing support our plans to buy the HTDC orphanage its own vehicle are moving forward with every week that passes.

In our last update we reported on how we were saving your generous donations towards the vehicle’s eventual purchase. This process is continuing and it will still take a little more time to complete, as we’re aiming to buy the most reliable vehicle we can. After all it’s a big investment for the future of the kids!

So, while we’re keen to move forward we’re also being patient and enjoying updates about life at the orphanage, some of which we wanted to share with you today.

One special event which the kids recently enjoyed was celebrating Haitian Flag Day. This is one of the most important days in Haiti due to the country’s history.

Carlo, the orphanage director, 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.

[One 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”.

And, as well as learning about their history, the kids are also being encouraged to think about the future. For example, earlier in the same month the kids also marked another important day on May 1, which is is both Agriculture and Labor day in Haiti.

Carlo again explained more about this:

“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.

[Another 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”.

We think it’s great that the kids are being encouraged to engage with these important issues in a fun way. And we want to thank you for making this possible.

Because you’re contributing towards buying the the orphanage a vehicle the staff can worry a little less about the kids' future, and where next year’s funds are coming from.

As a result they’re able to focus on engaging the kids with the future of their country, and of the wider world!  We think that’s pretty awesome - thank you!

Of course, we still need to raise more funds to purchase the vehicle, and we also wanted to share another great opportunity to help thanks to GlobalGiving.

This June 15 donations to this project by an incredible 50%.

Matching will start at 9am Eastern US Time and donations up to $1,000 will be matched per donor while funds remain. In the UK matching will start at 2pm and up to £1,000 will be matched per donor.

So, please consider making a gift on June 15, and please also spread the word about this incredible opportunity.

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 if you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

 

The kids also learned about local agriculture
The kids also learned about local agriculture
And then they ate the delicious produce!
And then they ate the delicious produce!
Two year old Lovensley is a recent arrival at HTDC
Two year old Lovensley is a recent arrival at HTDC

Thanks to your ongoing generosity our project to buy a vehicle for the HTDC orphanage has had a flying start to 2016.

Together you’ve given another $1,236 towards the vehicle’s purchase since we last reported on our progress in early December. We’re incredibly grateful for all the donations received and we’re also delighted that several of you are also making recurring monthly gifts as well!

As a result of your continued kindness, we’ve recently broken the $6,000 mark on our fundraising total. This really is amazing and also vital for the future of the kids at the orphanage.

It costs over $2,100 a month to keep the all the kids fed, clean, in school and healthy. And this doesn’t include the costs of renting their house which is paid in a lump sum every two years. While our other generous donors are currently meeting these costs the orphanage staff are always worried that, one-day, the kindness of strangers will run out.

That’s why your gifts to this project are so important - our current $6,000 would last for less than three months if we just spent it. But if we buy a vehicle the orphanage can rent out this will generate an income month after month after month! This means the kids will have financial independence and a sustainable future.

And it’s not just the original kids we have to think about. The orphanage is always mindful of its resources but sometimes extra kids have to be welcomed too. Take two year old Lovensley for example.

Lovensley recently arrived at the orphanage with his older brother Redly. The brothers were being raised by their single mom, and their dad refused to help at all. She was already struggling on her own but then she lost her job and her home as well. In her desperation, homeless and unable to feed them, the boys’ mom asked the orphanage to take them until she could get back on her feet.

Everyone’s hoping that Lovensley and Redly will be reunited with their mom soon. But meanwhile welcoming them at the orphanage, rather than leaving them on the streets, is the right thing to do to keep them safe. As the orphanage are registered with the government they also have a legal obligation to help when in cases like these when they can.

But it means more mouths to feed in the short-term, and this just adds to the staff’s worries about the future. And this is why we’re thinking about that future as well as the current, immediate needs.

We’re very keen to buy the vehicle as soon as we can and, with over $6,000 now raised, this is something we can start really thinking about making a reality. However, while there are vehicles available for this price we’re conscious of not just buying the first one we can afford. After all, the goal is long-term security and so we want something that’s going to last the distance.

But there’s another possible development we’re excited about. While we’re the biggest partner by far the orphanage also has several other supporters who help when they can. And one of these is interested in trying to help with the vehicle purchase too.

It’s early days yet, and we’ve only just started talking. But we’re hoping we'll be able to work together and provide the vehicle as soon as we can. If we can pool resources then we could get a really good vehicle sooner rather than later.

And with around thirty ever-hungry kids to feed this would be an amazing result. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on developments and 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 if you would like to be added to our direct mailing list.

Some kids, like Nathaelle, are almost grown
Some kids, like Nathaelle, are almost grown
But the young ones will need security for years
But the young ones will need security for years
Santa is coming to the orphanage
Santa is coming to the orphanage

With Christmas now only a day away we wanted to take the time to wish you a very Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) from the HTDC orphanage in Haiti.

We also want to say a genuine and heartfelt thank you for all your support this year. Because of your generosity the orphanage is moving ever closer to financial sustainability.

Of course thanks from us is one thing, but we wanted to give the kids a chance to send you season’s greetings themselves. You can watch these greetings in this Facebook video (although Carlo, the orphanage director seems to be hogging the spotlight a little :)

We wish you a very merry Christmas.

 

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International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

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

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