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2011 Report: The Early Days

In January 2010 Haiti was devastated by a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Death toll estimates ranged from between 100,000 to over 300,000.  In response IDV launched its first overseas operation in June of the following year.

Despite only securing charitable status a few months before the earthquake, IDV was able to achieve significant, measurable results during its first year which the trustees would like to highlight below.  IDV achieved this success by welcoming 130 volunteers from 13 countries who donated in excess of 35,000 hours in support of the charity's projects.

By using volunteers in this way IDV demonstrated itself to be very cost effective and provided its donors with execellent value for money.

From it's base in Port-au-Prince IDV achieved the following results:

  • Provided safe housing for 30 orphaned children made homeless by the earthquake.
  • Opened a home school at the same orphanage, ensuring that all 30 children are receiving a safe, good quality, primary school education.
  • Built or repaired 26 classrooms, ensuring that 390 further children were able to return to school.
  • Built or repaired key infrastructure such as security walls, bathrooms, drainage systems, and kitchens at three orphanages and two schools.
  • Piloted a scholarship programme to prepare for the enrolment of 50 primary school children by October 2011.
  • Launched a long-term English Education programme which teaches English as a vocational skill, making adults more employable. To date, 120 students have been organised into classes, an internationally recognised curriculum has been developed, and 6 Haitian teachers have been identified.
  • Provided health education to 437 adults and health care to 616 children.
  • Supported local football programmes by repairing goals and pitches, providing financial support for league games, and providing uniforms and shoes for players.
  • Supported local women's programmes, youth groups, and summer camps with financial and material support for Haitian led initiatives ranging from volunteer-led art classes to the construction of community managed rubbish bins.

Read our full 2011 report and accounts.