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Investing in Orphanage Sustainability
EDV directors visited the LMT orphanage on Tuesday, September 25th, and were delighted to find the kids are thriving. They’re also on the cusp of starting a small business, but need a small investment of between €311 (£247, $400) and €388 (£309, $500) to get started.
In the winter of 2010, EDV volunteers constructed a drainage system, bathroom, kitchen, and outdoor fire place to create a healthy environment for all the children in the orphanage’s care. Their hard work paid off.
Today, nine months later, the property is free of standing water, waste is properly managed, food is prepared in a sanitary environment, and the property is smoke free. As a result, the kids are no longer suffering from constant chest infections and diarrhea. They are growing up healthier and happier because of EDV’s work.
Orphanage directors “Mami” and “Papi” have also taken other steps to make their orphanage more sustainable. They have secured government registration which will help them access more resources in Haiti and started a business making and selling clothes.
Their business was just getting off the ground when their transformer was disabled. This left them without power and unable to run their sewing machines.
A new transformer will cost between €311 (£247, $400) and €388 (£309, $500) and will allow the orphanage to generate its own income rather than relying on the help of NGOs. We’d love to get them on the way to self-sufficiency by buying a sewing machine and restoring power to the house.