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Feb 28, 2019

Fruits of your generosity and their labor

We are still reeling from the generosity you all showed during out recent Smart Young Farmers campaign.

Giddy as we may be, however, we have been hard at work. The children’s gardens have spread like ivy. Virtually every open sunny space is now lined, rank upon rank, with beautiful heads of lettuce, elegant garlic tops, spreading squash leaves or emerging onion shoots. Every Saturday at dawn – before it gets too hot – the fields are full of kids, laughter and a lot of weed throwing and water spraying.

As for the new kitchen cold room, the money has arrived and the plans are in the hands of the contractor to confirm the design and budget.  The new cold room to store the gardens’ bounty is the talk of the staff. The design calls for a sub-floor, external walls and roof made of the Styrofoam cement we use to make bricks for construction. (The inside will be lined with hard foam insulation) The kids are all excited that construction is about to start since there will otherwise be a lot of lettuce to eat all at once.

It has been a terrific experience for the kids, they have learned so much about how to grow their own food, a valuable skill that will last them a lifetime. Both the boys and girls have participated in this project.

Our girls, however, have higher inspirations. They are working hard in school, hoping to continue on with higher education to pursue their individual dreams. When GlobalGiving announced their Girls Fund competition we knew we had to enter. We are always scrambling to cover the cost of higher education for these high achievers.

Our new campaign Empower Young Girls to Achieve a Successful Career  kicks off today and runs for two weeks. We are vying for one of the top spots to win funding for one year from GlobalGiving’s ongoing Girls Fund campaign. Each donation counts as a vote, whether it is a $10 donation, or a $1,000 donation. So we are going after the ”votes”, and asking all of our friends to make a $10 donation to our project to help us win. We would appreciate your “vote” as well.  

P.S. Thank you for your support, it means the world to us.

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Dec 3, 2018

You Helped Fund Young Smart Farmers Project in Record Time!

You Are Simply Amazing! Thank you!

On November 27th,  GivingTuesday, we launched our Giving Season campaign through GlobalGiving. We had 3 goals, and we reached all 3 in the first 24 hours!

Goal 1 - Raise $7,500 so we could finally do a much needed remodel on our kitchen. One of the motivations for moving this project to the top of our list was to support the burgeoning Young Smart Farmers project here at Warm Heart. With your help we will be able to extend our kitchen, add refrigeration and storage space. We will now be able safely store and use the wonderful bounty harvested from the Young Smart Farmers project. The kids are learning a great skill, and feel positive and excited about being able to contribute fresh food to our kitchen. Thank you!

Goal 2 - Win a GlobalGiving Bonus - Launch day of the Giving Season was also a GlobalGiving sponsored contest, with cash awards  We came in 4th and were awarded a $1,000 bonus!

Goal 3 - Qualify to become a permanent member of the Global Giving Community - we had until December 31 to have 40 donors raise a minimum of $5,000. In the first 24 hours we had 61 donors contribute $7,855.

Since we met our target so quickly, we are able to expand our original goal.

Our greatest need is always to cover the expense of our Children's Homes. 

We cover a portion of costs through a Sponsorship Program, but not every child has a sponsor, and sponsorship does not cover all costs (i.e. medical emergencies and dental issues). So we appeal to people like you, who enjoy the warm glow feeling that comes from knowing you are actually making a difference in a child’s life. We do all the hard day to day work, but we could not do it without your help.

Thank you for helping with the success of Young Smart Farmers project. We are so grateful and excited to complete our project!

You can help even further by sharing on your social media our new campaign to raise additional funds for the children:
 

December 12 will be another Bonus Day at Global Giving, and we will again be asking your help to spread the word on that day to help boost our reach and earn more Bonus Money.

Thank you for all of your generous support. We are very grateful.

Michael and Evelind
 
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