We said it and you did it! In our March update we said we needed to raise at least $7,000 to begin the first construction phase of this clinic project, and three months later we've raised three times this amount! Thank you!!! A special thank you to all of you who gave through the LivingSocial Middle East fundraising challenge. Participating members competed to raise the most funds for this project (the top fundraiser had his/her trip paid for) and are currently summitting Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro. We know they are feeling quite proud that they not only took on an incredible physical challenge with the climb, but that they also were able to bring a small village in Tanzania its first health clinic.
So what happens next? The construction of the clinic will begin this summer and within months we anticipate the nearly 2,500 people who call Kikomolela home will have access to basic healthcare services right in their own community and will no longer need to walk the 6 or 7 kilometers to neighboring clinics. We are so excited for what this will soon mean - immediate treatment for malaria, cholera, TB, measles, and other treatable diseases; assistance with deliveries and postnatal care for expectant mothers; and HIV education and prevention. To put it quite simply, people will be healthier and lives will be saved.
We are excited to let you know that this Wednesday, June 13 is GlobalGiving Bonus Day and all donations to this project will be MATCHED at 50%!* Will you help us raise the last $4,000 we need to reach our project goal? Your additional gift of $10 will become $15 and your $50 gift will become $75. Forward this email, post the report on your Facebook page, tweet about it on Twitter - tell friends why you chose to support this project and ask them to make a gift too. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we all do our small part.
On behalf of all of us at ARC and Kikomolela Village, THANK YOU! We look forward to sharing photos and stories of the clinic construction in our next project update.
*Donations will be matched between 12:01am EDT and 11:59pm EDT on June 13th, up to $1,000 per donor.