Sep 16, 2009

Only 3 days remaining!

10 year old Summati hopes to get to go to 8th grade in Mewat
10 year old Summati hopes to get to go to 8th grade in Mewat

Dear friends,

The response to our GlobalGiving challenge has been incredible. In less than 30 days, we raised over $16,000 from 174 individuals and organizations – securing $4,400 in matching funds ($3,000 of which has already been contributed); fully funding our scholarship initiative for child laborers in Mewat; and earning us a permanent spot on GlobalGiving.com!

We only have one final threshold to cross in the next 3 days and we need your help now more than ever. We believe that those of you who have contributed to the GlobalGiving challenge have become stakeholders in our victory. As you can see, Lotus Outreach is currently #1 for unique donors and #2 for dollars on the GlobalGiving leaderboard: http://www.globalgiving.com/dy/v2/globalchallenge.html (Project title: Education Scholarships for Child Laborers in India).

We are now striving to maintain these rankings in the last three days of the challenge so we can qualify for the up to $6,000 in bonus funding directly from GlobalGiving.

To help us achieve this goal, another generous supporter has stepped forward and pledged $500 in additional matching funds to allow us to increase the number of unique donors participating in the challenge! That means that the next 50 donors who make a contribution of $10 (or more) will be matched an additional $10—up to 224 unique donors (currently we have 174).

Each $10 contribution will not only be matched an additional $10, but will help us inch closer to the thousands of bonus dollars available from GlobalGiving. Please urge your friends, family and colleagues to also become stakeholders in our success by contributing just $10 online today at http://www.globalgiving.com/projects/endchildlabor/. The success of past challenge winners has been almost entirely attributable to their ability to mobilize their supporters to not only donate, but become champions for the cause themselves!

Every dollar beyond our original goal of $16,000 will go toward supporting our LEARN advocacy program in Mewat, ensuring the children benefiting from this challenge—along with over 8,000 others—will receive the quality of education guaranteed by India’s constitution.

Thank you to all of you who continue to put your voices and hearts behind this initiative. The lives of Mewat’s children will be forever transformed as a result!

Warmest regards,

Erika Keaveney Executive Director Lotus Outreach International

Sep 9, 2009

Breaking news!

Dear friends of Lotus Outreach,

We have an incredible piece of news regarding the GlobalGiving campaign to send child laborers in rural India to school!

An anonymous donor has pledged $4,400 in matching funds to increase the number of dollars and donors for this campaign so we can get closer to the GlobalGiving Open bonus grant (and of course, send hundreds more children to school this year!).

Here is how it works:

• Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar until we reach the $9,395 mark on the GlobalGiving leaderboard (currently, we have raised $6,395). • For every new donor, the grantor will donate an additional $20 up to 163 donors total (currently, we have 93 donors).

What does this mean?

• If you have yet to contribute to the GlobalGiving challenge, a donation as small as $10 will be matched an additional $30. That means your $10 will send 2 children to school this month! • If you have already contributed, each additional dollar you donate will be matched in full until we cross the pledge threshold of $3,000. • If Lotus Outreach can raise enough funds to win one or more of the four GlobalGiving bonus prizes, your contribution will be multiplied even further!

We have 10 days to reach this very ambitious goal and we simply cannot do it without your help. Please make your contribution today at http://www.globalgiving.com/projects/endchildlabor/ and watch your investment multiply!!!

Please also pass this email on to your friends, family, colleagues and any other networks you are connected to. Spreading the word will dramatically increase our chances at success. You can track our progress at http://www.globalgiving.com/dy/v2/globalchallenge.html (project title: Education Scholarships for Child Laborers in India).

Thank you for your continued, generous support!

Warmest regards,

Erika Keaveney Executive Director Lotus Outreach International

Aug 28, 2009

Success!

Dear friends of Lotus Outreach,

You are AMAZING!!!

In just one week, 78 generous supporters donated over $5,700, earning us a permanent spot on GlobalGiving.com while ensuring 250 Indian child laborers will start school next month!

Because of the incredible success of this campaign, I contacted our Project Manager in India, Suraj Kumar, to see if we could make this initiative even bigger. He informed me that there are approximately 20-30 children laboring in each of Mewat’s 30 brick kilns and he is confident that we could enroll 600-700 of them in school!

We have therefore decided to “reach for the stars” to give these children the opportunity to do the same. We have expanded our GlobalGiving project goal to a total of $16,000, which will provide educational scholarships for each and every one of the children working in Mewat’s brick factories.

There is another major incentive for expanding this initiative: if we can earn one of the top spots for the number of donors and dollars raised, we could win an extra $6,000 directly from GlobalGiving! As of writing, Lotus Outreach is currently ranked #1 for donors and #2 for dollars on the GlobalGiving leaderboard (keep track at http://www.globalgiving.com/dy/v2/globalchallenge.html). If we can maintain these rankings, we will be awarded $5,000 at the close of the challenge. And if we can get to the #1 spot for dollars, the award will increase by an additional $1,000.

Will you help us get there by spreading the word? Send a note to your friends and family and tell them why this cause matters to you. Every effort counts!

Thank you again for helping Lotus Outreach—and the children we serve in India—blossom. We look forward to sharing exciting developments in the coming weeks and months.

Warmest regards,

Erika Keaveney Executive Director Lotus Outreach International

 
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