Children
 Haiti
Project #14623

Give 30 Orphaned Children a Sustainable Income

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
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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.

The kids are Jumping for Joy at your support
The kids are Jumping for Joy at your support

As the year draws to a close it’s amazing to look back at your incredible generosity in 2015.

Since January 1st this year we’ve raised an incredible $3,953 to help buy the HTDC orphanage its own vehicle. In fact, thanks to you, we've raised over four times as much in 2015 than we did in 2014. This brings the total amount now raised to almost $5,000! This is amazing, thank you so much!

There’s still a way to go before we can afford the high quality, reliable vehicle the orphanage needs but your incredible support this year has really driven progress forward. At this rate the vehicle’s actual purchase won’t be too far in the future!

Also, while the orphanage still needs the vehicle to earn its own income, the immediate need for school transport has now been resolved.

Last year, because of a plan to move the orphanage to the Bon Repos area of Port-au-Prince, the kids were all enrolled at an external school. This meant that the kids had to be driven to and from school each day.

However, the planned house move wasn’t possible in the end because of ongoing security problems in Port-au-Prince. So this year the kids are once again being taught inside the orphanage.

This took some readjustment but after a few weeks all the kids had settled back in and are now doing well. On thing that’s helped is that other kids are from the neighbourhood are now also attending school at HTDC. This means that the kids still get to socialise with others which they really enjoy.

All this means that the kids now longer need dedicated school transport in the short term. So, we can once again focus on the vehicle being used for long-term sustainability of the orphanage, which has always been the primary goal of this project.

Giving the orphanage the ability to generate its own income really is key for future sustainability so we hope you’ll continue supporting this goal in the future.

If you are able to make a further gift then December is a great month to do so.

For example, there’s match funding available for any new recurring donations set up via GlobalGiving during December. On the US GlobalGiving site your initial donation will receive a 100% match after four months (a limit of $200 applies). On the UK site the terms are the same but the matching limit is £100.

Recurring donations are particularly amazing, as they allow us to plan ahead more effectively. But we would obviously also be very grateful for any further one time gifts you might be able to make as the Holiday season continues.

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.

We want to buy a vehicle like this one
We want to buy a vehicle like this one
Until the new year your donations will go further!
Until the new year your donations will go further!
The kids have just returned to school
The kids have just returned to school

Summer has drawn to a close in Haiti and the kids at the HTDC(SMDT) orphanage have just gone back to school.

On their first day the kids were all dressed in lovely new uniforms and ready for class. Feeling smart and well dressed helped settle their nerves as they lined up outside before moving into their classrooms to start lessons.

Although many of the kids are still young days like this are very important for their future life as adults. The first day of school will set the tone for the rest of the year, during which they’ll get the education they need to find jobs and support themselves when they’re older.

This might seem a long way off right now but the kids have been dependent on the support of our generous donors for a number of years now. So, while the orphanage directors are incredibly grateful they also know that the kids need to be prepared for later life if the help they’re receiving now is to be sustainable into the future.

And the orphanage directors are thinking about the sustainability of the orphanage in the shorter term too. This is why we’re continuing this project that will buy the orphanage its own vehicle. Owning a vehicle, which can be hired out, will allow the orphanage to earn a vital income of its own.

However, in Haiti reliable vehicles are expensive and, for the moment, the orphanage is still reliant on your own amazing generosity to make this dream a reality. Ultimately the orphanage wants financial independence but it still needs help to achieve this in the first place.

So, we’re particularly delighted to announce that GlobalGiving has recently given this effort a big boost.

To coincide with the launch of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this project is being featured as part of GlobalGiving’s Global Goals initiative.

The SDGs replace the UN’s Millennium Development Goals which expired in 2015. 190 world leaders have all committed to the 17 new SDGs which range from ending poverty and hunger, to achieving full gender equality for all.

Goal number 8 is to “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”

Buying the orphanage a vehicle aligns closely with this goal and so this project is one of three being featured in relation to SDG number 8. This project was also chosen because, as an organisation, we’ve demonstrated a long standing commitment to learning and effectiveness.

We’re honoured that our project in being highlighted in this way and the feature should mean more exposure for the cause among a broad network of individual, corporate, and institutional supporters who are looking for a meaningful way to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Of course, your own donations are still vitally important and we hope that you're also proud that a project you’re supporting is being showcased in this way.

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

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
 

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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
$8,318 raised of $15,000 goal
 
 
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