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Help us Rebuild Following Tropical Storm Isaac print story
September 03, 2012
International Disaster Volunteers, United Kingdom
On August 24th, Tropical Storm Isaac slammed into Haiti bringing 60 mph winds and torrential rains. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our donors, most of our Haitian partners weathered the storm safely in houses and classrooms which were more than able to withstand Isaac’s winds and rain.
But at the Hands Together to Defend the Children (HTDC) Orphanage, the classrooms making up the orphanage’s school were still just tents. Isaac destroyed all of the classrooms along with all the benches and chalk boards they contained. The storm also damaged the transformer which supplies power to the orphanage, leaving the children without power.
EDV and the leaders of the HTDC orphanage both agree that education is key to building a secure future for the 27 children in the orphanage’s care. These are children like Lovely.
14 year old Lovely was abandoned after the earthquake triggered her mother’s mental illness and caused her to have a breakdown. She was brought to the orphanage by a friend in early 2010. Lovely had never attended school before arriving at the orphanage, but since starting she has learned quickly. Today, following the storm’s devastating effects, her education is once again at risk.
Our plan now is to build four new classrooms to replace the temporary structures that Isaac destroyed. Combined with repairs to the transformer, we expect this work to cost $6354.
We hope that you’ll donate today to help get all the kids at the HTDC orphanage back to school.
If you can’t donate, you can still get involved by advocating for the orphanage. Write your local paper, hold a fundraising event, talk to your employer about making a corporate donation, or simply share this appeal on social media. Your network is a powerful tool.
Together, we can rebuild a school at the HTDC orphanage which will serve the kids for years to come.