Retrak and Microsoft are teaming up to make your donation go even further! Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 16, starting at 12:00pm EST, Microsoft will provide a 50% match to any donation that you give to Retrak. If you give $100, Retrak will receive $150. A donation of $50 will become $75. Microsoft will match any gift you give to any of Retrak's programs.
And if that's not enough, Microsoft will also match 100% of the first three months of any recurring donation that you sign up for.
Your gift to Retrak tomorrow will help street children in Africa like Zergaw, a boy who was found sad, weary and confused outside of the bus station in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He had been on the streets for three weeks, having left his isolated village to try to find work to help support his sisters and widowed mother. Retrak staff helped reunite him with his mother, who wept tears of joy upon seeing him again. Then they worked with Zergaw's mother to help her establish an income-generating business, and with Zergaw's school so that he could return to class.
When Retrak returned a few months later, it was clear that business was doing well. The whole family was better fed and looking healthy and all the children were back in school. Zergaw's mother said, "I am very happy and so grateful for what Retrak has done for me and for my son!"
Thank you for your past support of Retrak's programs in Africa. Please help us continue to help these children by participating in Microsoft's Bonus Day tomorrow, starting at noon EST. Be sure to make you donation early, as matching funds will run out quickly.
We're delighted to announce that we've received our 1,000th child at Retrak Ethiopia! This is a great landmark for our center in Ethiopia, our staff, and the children we help.
Our 1,000th child, Teshome, age 15, had been on the streets for one month before joining the Retrak program. He fled from his home in Ameya, a small town in SNNPR, after experiencing terrible abuse at the hands of his stepfather. The abuse began shortly after his mother remarried. After suffering for several months, Teshome decided to travel to Addis Ababa in search of work and a better quality of life.
Life on the street what not what Teshome expected and he quickly settled back into the same pattern of abuse, loneliness and neglect. So when Teshome met one of Retrak's street outreach workers, he quickly decided to join the Retrak program. Teshome is a promising student and, with Retrak's help, he's certain he can start to rebuild his life.
The staff and children couldn't wait to celebrate and held a small party in his honor to mark this occasion. As Teshome cut the cake, the other children clapped and shouted "One thousand children at Retrak Ethiopia!"
Thank you to all our supporters who enabled us reach this great achievement. We can only reach the next 1,000 with your help. If you haven't already, please make a regular gift to Retrak.
Dear Retrak Supporter,
As 2013 draws to a close, all of us at Retrak want to thank you for supporting our work with street children in Africa. Retrak has had an eventful year; we expanded our programs into Malawi by partnering with an organization called the Chisomo Children’s Club in Blantyre, and we continued to reach more and more street children and their families through our programs in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. With your help, we’re coming closer to realizing our vision of a world where no child is forced to live on the streets.
On the eve of returning home to his family earlier this year, one child was moved to write a letter to a Retrak teacher, thanking him for all that he had done to help him return home. In this letter (reproduced below), he thanks “all the Retrak staff members” for our work. I’d like to pass his thanks on to you, our supporters, for making our work possible.
US Country Director
Today is Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season. This year Microsoft is making Giving Tuesday even more special by making a 100% match to any gift that’s made to Retrak’s program in Ethiopia, doubling the impact of your donation to Retrak. A gift of $10 from you will pay for medical treatment for two children. Twenty-five dollars will provide a safe place to sleep to two children for two months. Fifty dollars will give regular meals to two children for a year.
Please take advantage of this incredible opportunity to double your gift by donating to Retrak TODAY, December 3rd, beginning at Noon EST. Please make your gift early before funds run out.
The Terms and Conditions of this amazing opportunity are:
A gift to Retrak can help a young person like Esubalew, a 16-year-old boy who recently graduated from Retrak's business training program. Esubalew left his home village and family because of extreme poverty and a lack of opportunities, with the hope of finding work in Addis Ababa. After three weeks on the streets, he met a Retrak Outreach Worker and decided to participate in Retrak's programs. With training and a modest financial investment from Retrak, Esubalew is now back at home, running a shoe-repair business and supporting his family.
Thank you for your past support of our programs that have helped thousands of street children realize their potential and discover their worth. Please help more children like Esubalew by taking advantage of Microsoft’s generous opportunity and make a donation to Retrak on Giving Tuesday!
Retrak Ethiopia has a new tool to reach children on the streets! The Mobile School is, as the name suggests, a ‘school on wheels’ that we use in street outreach to contact more children. With the help of creative panels in Amharic, we provide children with important education in literacy, numeracy, health, HIV Aids and life skills. The children’s negative experiences of formal education such as huge class sizes and corporal punishment, or being excluded for not being able to afford a uniform, are transformed along with their confidence in their ability to learn at school. It is wonderful to see children approach the mobile school tentatively and within a few minutes become actively involved, their eyes sparkling as they learn and interact with the teachers.
Thank you for providing the support that allows us to offer services such as the Mobile School to children on the streets in Africa. Another way you can help us is to participate in GlobalGiving’s Fundraiser Campaign during the month of September. They’re giving away prizes to our supporters (JetBlue tickets, a flip cam, and more) and financial bonus awards to the organization with the most successful fundraisers.
Please consider helping Retrak by organizing your own fundraiser during the month of September! It's a fun and creative way to raise money for children in Africa! You can get step-by-step instructions by clicking here.
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