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