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.
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.
Thanks to your amazing support it’s been a fantastic few months for the kids at the HTDC orphanage.
After many months of uncertainty with the house we’ve finally decided to keep the orphanage in its current location. We’d originally looked at moving the kids as the landlord had added a second floor to the building and wanted the orphanage to rent the entire property.
This was more room than the kids needed and, rather than pay for the unnecessary space, we’d decided to look elsewhere. But while we were searching for a new home for the kids the landlord had a change of heart.
He’s since decided that the orphanage can continue to rent the original ground floor only. What’s more he’s agreed to use the rent to further improve the property by concreting the grounds. This will provide a much healthier environment for the kids as it will eliminate standing water and mosquitoes.
Overall it’s a good solution and means that the kids can stop worrying about the uncertainty and get on with just being kids! And what fun they’ve been having recently!
This year the orphanage directors have really wanted to give the kids a monthly activity to enjoy. All the kids had rough starts in life and these activities are a great way of giving them back some of the joy of being kids.
In February for example the orphanage held a carnival party to coincide with the national carnival celebrations. The kids dressed up in exotic clothes, had their faces painted and enjoyed carnival music and dances.
In March there was an amazing trip to the beach. The kids always love getting out of the house, but to leave the city and visit the sea is a very special treat indeed! On the beach the kids had food and drinks and above all, a great time.
Then in April, to mark Easter, the kids enjoyed painting eggs, just like kids in lots of other countries.
Next month Haiti will celebrate its agriculture and the kids will also get involved here. The orphanage directors are planning to take the kids outside the city again, but this time to help plant trees. This will teach the kids about deforestation and protecting the environment.
It’s all thanks to you that the kids at HTDC not only have a safe home, food and school, but they also have their childhoods back again. Thanks so much for supporting these beautiful children!
Thanks to ALM Photography for providing these photos.
Thanks to your incredible support the kids at the HTDC orphanage are continuing to thrive!
Because of your generosity all the kids are safe, enjoying nutritious meals and receiving the education they need to build bright futures.
But, owing to the current situation in Haiti, they need you now more than ever!
In our last project report we explained that we were planning to move the orphanage to the Bon Repos area of Port-au-Prince. We’d identified several properties and our favorite choice seemed ideal.
Sadly, due to a worsening political crisis, the security situation now means that we’re not confident Bon Repos will be a safe enough area for the kids, at least not after night falls.
There are other houses available in other neighborhoods, including in Clercine, where the orphanage has been based for the last several years. So, the kids will still have a safe new home.
But the kids are also already enrolled and settled in a new school in Bon Repos, which is still safe in the day. While we could move them to another school, nearer their eventual new home, their school fees have already been paid and it would disrupt the kids’ education and friendships.
If we can, keeping the kids in their current school is definitely the best option for the remainder of the school year.
But the challenge the kids now face is being driven to school everyday until June. This is expensive and it costs almost $450 a month to hire a vehicle.
We’d previously budgeted for only four months of school transport costs, so we’re very sorry to report that HTDC is now facing around $2,700 in additional, unforeseen costs over the next six months.
The cost to send each child to school for the year is now set to be $114 more than the $483 originally budgeted. We are genuinely sorry to all those donors who have already funded a year of school for a specific child as there is now a shortfall for each child.
This is why the kids need you right now more than ever before.
We’re now asking you to consider helping the kids once again. But this time, rather than asking you to just keep paying for the kids needs, we’re asking you to help the orphanage meet its own needs.
We’ve already begun fundraising on GlobalGiving to buy a vehicle for the orphanage. The original goal of this effort was to “Give 30 Orphaned Children a Sustainable Income” by purchasing a vehicle the orphanage could rent out during the day to earn money.
But, if we’re able to buy this vehicle soon we can continue with these plans and, at the same time, the orphanage can also save money by driving the kids to school themselves.
So please consider contributing towards the vehicle costs today.
Once again, we’re sorry that the changing security situation in Port-au-Prince has affected our original budget.
If you have any questions about this issue, or in general, please don’t hesitate to email Andy@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.
The holiday season is upon us and, like children all over the world, the kids at HTDC orphanage are getting really excited about Christmas.
To help keep their excitement in check, and because the kids have all been so good this year, the orphanage directors recently decided to have a Christmas party ahead of the big day.
Many friends of the orphanage came by and the party started with a performance from the kids. Thirteen year old Nicholson and twelve year old Paolo sang a song about Haiti and then some of the older girls performed a dance.
The visitors all loved the show and afterwards everyone shared pizza which was a special treat for the kids.
After eating there was another big surprise for the kids as Santa dropped by to give them all presents. Five year old Bodlison was delighted with the toy cars he received, but he said afterwards he’d really like to get a car big enough to drive in one day!
It was a wonderful experience for all the children and special days like these are only made possible because of your incredible support.
It’s only because of your generosity that the kids have a safe home, food and education throughout the year. And these are the foundations which allow the orphanage to provide the kids with special days of joy at times like Christmas.
Thanks so much for letting these kids be kids this Christmas!
If you’d like to give the orphanage a little more joy over the next few days then GlobalGiving is making this a little easier through their Year-End campaign. Projects that raise at least $3,000 from thirty unique donors before December 31 are eligible to receive a one-off bonus award.
We’ve already raised over $3,000 but we need more individual donors. So please consider donating this week if you can.
There are big changes afoot at the HTDC orphanage!
For the last four years your generous donations have allowed us to provide a safe home for all the kids by renting a house in the Clercine area of Port au Prince. This home has provided a wonderful environment for the kids. Living there has allowed them to really thrive and enjoy their childhoods.
But for the last couple of years the landlord has been developing the property, and he’s recently completed the addition of a whole new storey on top of the original house. The new additions mean that this house now has more room than the kids need.
So, with the property’s lease up for renewal in November, we’ve decided that rather than rent the unnecessary new space, it’s better to move the orphanage - and of course all the kids - to a lovely new home.
After much discussion with the orphanage directors we’ve identified several potential new homes in the Bon Repos area of Port au Prince. Our favourite choice actually has a little more room than the original house despite it costing less. It also has a beautiful garden with mango, coconut and palm trees.
We’re aiming to finalise the lease on this new house in the next week or two. So stay tuned for more updates soon.
A new home means other changes for the kids as well.
For the last few years the orphanage has employed teachers and run its own school for the kids. While all the kids have done really well in this home school, the orphanage directors now want them to socialise with others and get a wider education.
So, thanks to your amazing support, we recently enrolled the kids at a school close to the new house.
Once the kids move into their new home they’ll be able to easily walk back and forth to school. But for now, they’re being driven everyday and are also provided with school lunches.
At the start we were a little worried that all these changes might be hard on the kids. But if anything, they just seem to be excited and are loving their new school!
For example, here’s what 12 year old Nefky had to say:
“I love my new school because the teachers. I have a lot of space to play with my new friends. I like going far to go to school and I like the food they give me as lunch. I like the computer class and the English class”
It’s only because of your incredible support that these exciting new developments are possible. Because of you all the kids continue to have a safe home and the education they deserve. Thanks so much for all you’ve given!
As always, if you ever have any queries about how we’re using your donation, please don’t hesitate to email Emma@IDVolunteers.org. I would be delighted to hear from you.
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