Thanks to your continued, amazing support the kids at the HTDC orphanage are all really thriving. All of them are well cared for, fed and healthy and as a result they’re all able to focus on normal kids’ things, like school and fun!
The kids all took school tests before Christmas and their results in January were all positive with everyone getting on well. And, to reward their progress, the orphanage staff have been busy keeping the kids entertained outside of class as well.
For example February saw Haiti’s national carnival celebrations arrive again, and the kids got dressed up and enjoyed traditional food, music and dances.
And there’s more games on the horizon too as the kids have just been invited to compete with five other schools in a soccer championship. The boys are really excited to take part and, as they’re being home-schooled again this year, it’s a fantastic chance to socialise with, and learn from, other kids too.
The girls won’t be easily left out though and most of them are more than tough enough to hold their own! And happily there’s also plenty of activities going on that don’t require as much horse-play.
For example, the orphanage has often worked with our other partner, the English in Mind (EIM) Institute to give the kids English lessons. And just last week EIM’s assistant principal, Nocky, dropped by to arrange the next set of classes.
Also, one of the orphanage’s teachers is providing some art classes in his spare time and the kids have just been able to put their new skills to good use. One of our previous volunteers, Drew, has just connected the orphanage with an ethical clothing company and they’ve asked the kids to design some Haitian themed t-shirts.
The kids have had great fun working on this project and a share of any profits will be donated towards their ongoing education. We really do love the fact that our enduring partners and friends, like EIM and Drew, are staying engaged with the orphanage in various ways.
Overall things are going amazingly well at the orphanage and this is all thanks to you. In fact, because of your incredible support, the orphanage has also been able to welcome a couple more kids over recent months.
One of the new arrivals is Michel whose mom had to sadly give up because she was virtually a child herself. Despite this tough start in life Michel is a very loving child and has now settled in very well. And, what’s more, we know that with your continued support he’ll be able to grow up as happy and as healthy as the rest of these beautiful kids.
One last time, thank you so much for all you’ve given.
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.
With Christmas now only a couple of days away we wanted to take the time to wish you a very Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) from the HTDC orphanage in Haiti.
The kids are now all literally bursting with excitement and, thanks to you, we’ll be able to make some of their Christmas dreams come true. With a little help from you “Santa” will be bringing Paolo and Manoucheca some new clothes, and there’s a funny helicopter shaped gift under the tree for Nolson. There’s gifts for all the other kids too of course.
We’re thrilled that these beautiful kids can enjoy the Holidays in the same way other kids around the world get to. The kids at HTDC may have lost their parents but thanks to you they can still experience the wonder of childhood!
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 :)
Also, if you’re still keen to support the kids this Christmas, and into the New Year, there’s still time to donate if you can.
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 at the orphanage. 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.
The Holidays are here again and the kids at the HTDC orphanage in Haiti are starting to get really excited about Christmas.
Like children all over the world the kids have gotten into some mischief during the year. But by and large they’ve all done their chores and they’ve all worked hard in school. Ultimately they’re great kids!
This is particularly true given all they’ve been through in their often short lives. All lost their parents in some way and, despite them now having a fantastic home, there’s always a certain amount of hardship and upheaval in any orphanage.
So, because the kids all deserve it, the orphanage staff are hoping to give them a Christmas they can remember. The staff asked the kids what Christmas gifts they wanted, and here’s what some of them are wishing for.
Thirteen year old Paolo, who was abandoned by his dad, said he’d love a Playstation or some new clothes. He’s happy whatever though as he just loves December - people are happy and the temperature is much cooler than the rest of the year.
On the other hand eight year old Nolson, whose father died from Cholera, just wants a helicopter to play with.
Finally Manoucheca, who at fifteen is turning into a young woman, would love some jewellery and nice clothes - maybe she’s thinking about catching someone’s eye?
But Manoucheca also wished for something else this Christmas. Because she’s older she’s also all too aware of the sometimes violent protests which have engulfed Haiti following recent elections.
So what Manoucheca is really wishing for this Christmas is peace.
Sadly neither ourselves, or the orphanage staff, can promise Manoucheca her ultimate wish. But thanks to your amazing support we can keep providing all the kids with a safe home, food and school.
And, if you’re able to make another donation over the coming days we can also make some of the kids Christmas wishes come true as well.
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.
It’s been a great few months at the HTDC/SMDT orphanage in Port-au-Prince.
Thanks to your incredible generosity the kids have all had a great summer that has included some fantastic days out. One of these was to the recent Caribbean Festival of Arts. In the past the festival has been hosted by many regional countries but this year it was held in Haiti for the very first time.
The kids all loved the music, arts and crafts being showcased. But, being kids, one of their favourite parts of the day was simply getting to eat ice-cream!
Another recent, exciting event for the kids was a special visit by GlobalGiving field staff from the UK. Elliott and Emily spent several days with the orphanage and got the chance to meet the wonderful kids that your kind donations support.
The kids always love having visitors but the orphanage director, Carlo, was also particularly happy in this case. This was because, as well as getting to know the kids, Elliott and Emily also spent time helping Carlo to learn more about social media.
Carlo remembers all too well the tough times the orphanage used to face. So, he’s always been keen to find more ways to show you what your support means to the kids. But, he’s sometimes lacked the confidence and knowledge to be able to communicate this directly.
So, over the course of their visit Elliott and Emily helped Carlo to better understand how to use the orphanage’s Facebook page. They also helped him to set up a Twitter account and he’s taken to it like a duck to water!
Carlo has this to say about the visit and the help he received from Elliott and Emily:
“I have learned so much stuff, more on the social media, it was very helpful when they came to help me improve the way I should keep people update about what we are doing at SMDT and how to grow our network, help people understand more what we are doing. they also help me organize better our team and the orphanage system. They were very kind and helpful with all they teach me we spent about two days working on the orphanage, and I felt very comfortable with them and explain to them all I think I needed to be change”
Carlo’s now much more confident in using social media and we encourage you to “follow” him using the links above. After all, it’s one thing to for us to tell you how much your donations mean, but it’s even better for you to hear it directly from Carlo himself!
Thanks so much for your continued support.
This October 7 please consider continuing to support the orphanage by making a donation on the last ever Microsoft Youthspark Matching Day.
There is a total of $75,000 in match funds available, and between noon and midnight Eastern US time (5pm until 5am the following day in the UK) all donations made to Send Wikenson to School will be matched on a prorated basis. In other words the matching amount will be determined by what we raise divided by the total donated to all projects during the event.
Summer has arrived in Haiti and this means that the kids at the HTDC orphanage are done with school and looking forward to a long break filled with fun and play.
But with 27 kids to look after the staff at the orphanage are going to have their hands full over the holidays!
The staff already have a lot of work to do, after all cooking and washing clothes for 27 kids is a full time job in itself. So, to help keep the kids occupied over the holidays we’re planning a full schedule of activities for them during the school break.
To start they’ll be activities at the orphanage itself including arts and crafts, English lessons for the kids and music workshops organised by a local pastor friend of the orphanage.
They’ll also be fun filled days out including trips to a local museum, the zoo and also to Haiti’s beautiful mountains. These trips will give the kids a special treat while also giving the staff a chance to focus on their chores without the young ones being underfoot.
Of course many of the kids are also turning into young adults so there will be more serious activities during the summer, as well as just fun ones.
For example some local volunteers will be visiting the orphanage to teach the older kids life-skills, and also about “the birds and the bees”.
While the kids are supervised, and always sleep in separate boys and girls dorms, it’s inevitable that they begin to get curious as they get older. Given that many of the kids came to the orphanage because their own parents couldn’t afford to care for them it’s vital that they get the education they need to make the right choices for their own futures.
When we first started working with the orphanage it was impossible for the staff and kids to look beyond the day-to-day struggle to survive. So, it’s amazing that five years later the kids are being taught how to help break the cycle of poverty which brought many of them to the orphanage in the first place.
All of this is only possible because of your enduring support over the years!
You’ve already given so much to help the kids at the orphanage but this July 15 we’re asking you please consider supporting these beautiful children once again. This is because on July 15 GlobalGiving will be matching donations to this project by an amazing 50%.
Matching will start at 9am Eastern Time (or 1pm in the UK) and donations up to $1,000 (or around £670) per donor will be matched while funds remain. So, please consider making a gift on July 15, and please also spread the word about this incredible opportunity.
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