Thursday, November 26, 2009

Partnering with GlobalGiving

I am writing about a group of people that I have been supporting since I first lived in Malawi back in March, 2006. I and Joseph Patemba, a local Malawian businessman, have started a non-profit organization to address the needs of vulnerable children in Malawi.

I also wanted to let you know about an exciting opportunity that we are participating in through our non-profit partner in Washington, D.C., GlobalGiving. These folks are an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organization that our research shows has an excellent reputation for very low administrative costs and prompt application of donated funds. We are posting projects on their website in order to raise awareness and funding for specific causes. Below in blue is the description of our first project. We have many more on the drawing board all focused towards making a difference in a child’s life through economic improvements in their poverty stricken communities. All of our projects are much more than charity hand-out programs.

This project will feed, clothe, educate & shelter 260 Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (OVCs) and complete the construction of their daycare centers in bush villages of Malawi, Central Africa.

Please go to the following link to learn more about the project:

It is about creating jobs through setting up sustainable projects and businesses in local bush communities. Here’s a quote from Mr. Redson Bwande, the Chairman of the Committee who runs the Maliya Daycare Center that is being renovated as part of this first project:

“In this case, by supporting us parents with jobs, it means you have taken care of a child as well. It’s like killing two birds with a stone.”

From November 24 - December 21, we are competing to earn a spot on the GlobalGiving website, and earn up to US $6,000 from GlobalGiving by being one of the top fundraisers in the Global Open Challenge. In order to keep our project on GlobalGiving and use their website for ongoing and future fundraising, we need to raise a minimum of US $4,000 from at least 50 unique donors during the Challenge.

You can help us succeed by spreading the word!

1. Pass along this email to your friends, family & colleagues and ask them to tell others.

2. If you are planning to make a tax-deductible donation this year to SACCODE-Trust, please do so by going to our project on GlobalGiving between November 24 and December 21.

My sincere thanks for any support you can offer.

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