Make a Haitian Orphanage Self-Sufficient!

by International Disaster Volunteers (IDV) Vetted since 2009 Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


The HTDC Orphanage is home to 30 children who would otherwise live on the streets. International donors have met the children's needs for the last two years, but funds are running out and donor interest is waning. As a result, the orphanage needs to make its own money. To that end, they want to invest in a business selling eggs - and for that they need 150 chickens! With the chickens, they'll be able to make $268 a month to put toward the kids' needs.

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The orphanage receives no financial support from the government, so they have to care for kids like Germina on their own. Germina was only six days old when her family was forced to abandon her. She was very sick, and the staff at the orphanage used funds donated by people living overseas to nurse her back to health. The orphanage is thankful for the donors who saved Germina's life, but relying on handouts leaves them vulnerable. They need to be financially independent.


By helping the orphanage start a business selling eggs and making its own profit, youall reduce reliance on the kindness of strangers. That means that the orphanage will be able to meet the needs of kids like Germina without having to hope for donations. Financial independence helps all the kids in the orphanageas care have a more secure future!

Long-Term Impact

This project will yield a monthly profit of around $268 after all costs are paid. Those profits will move the orphanage toward financial independence and ensure that the orphanage can survive into the future regardless of where donors choose to send their funds. Additionally, the older children at the orphanage will also be involved in managing the coop, teaching them important lessons about how to be responsible and manage money.



Organization Information

International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)

Location: Bristol, Somerset - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​
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Twitter: @IDVMedia
Project Leader:
Emma Taylor
Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom
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