Greetings! As always, we hope all our supporters are doing well.
We have to start this report with an explanation of a setback that is impacting all our projects: Global Giving has run into a problem with its disbursement of funds in India, and has had to suspend payment to all its Indian partners until they can resolve the issue with the government. This means that we have not yet received any of the money that has been donated to us the last few months, making progress difficult.
However, I am delighted to report that some generous local donors have agreed to provide enough money by direct payment to allow us to purchase the saplings we need to give one to each child at the Siruganur school who has a birthday in September or October. We will be giving each child a birthday card with their sapling, in order to impress upon them the importance of growing trees to slow climate change and inspire them to take good care of their saplings so that they will go into powerful carbon sequesters. Supporters locally and around the world have signed their names to the birthday cards for these two months.
We have scheduled a presentation of the saplings for Monday (October 15) and you will be able to see pictures of the birthday girls and boys on our Facebook page, where you can also go to our event page to sign up to sign a card for a November's birthday. If you would like to make an additional gift to cover the cost of a birthday sapling, please rest assured that we should receive all the money you donate by the end of the year.
Your support is a constant inspiration to us, and we look forward to being able to use your donation to plant more trees as soon as Global Giving is able to disburse it to us.
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