Former South African President Nelson Mandela once said, “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” For South African women living in Cape Town townships, surrounded by the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the world and the highest rate of rape per capita, they exist daily in the shadows of death. But this project seeks to know, what is the mountaintop they seek?
Through the production of 6 short documentary films, this project seeks to hear their stories and what they most desire in life, contributing to the creation of their 'story of happiness.' This is a story in which they speak out in powerful voices and shape their futures, describing the freedom they feel today and the freedom they still seek for tomorrow.
To raise funds for the project, we are currently involved in a "challenge" on GlobalGiving with 19 other award recipients from the World Bank program EVOKE, which sought to promote social innovation by awarding individual enterprises opportunities to grow. But we need your help.
During the month of August, we must raise at least $3,000 total from 50 different donors. This secures us a spot on GlobalGiving beyond August to continue raising the rest of our budget ($38,000). In addition, this project can earn an extra $3,000 in incentives by having the most (a) users making comments, (b) unique donors, and (c) funds raised by August 31. So, here are three ways to help:
1) Comment: Please share anything you would like in a comment below: questions, suggestions, encouragement, or perhaps the 'mountaintop you seek'!
2) Donate: All donations are tax-deductible, and you can find the opportunity to do so on the right side of this screen. To learn more about the project and budget, visit our front page (http://goto.gg/5958), as transparency is a priority in sharing how your money is being spent. In addition, we will continually share updates on the project, keeping you a part of "The Story" as it unfolds. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me (Paul) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-712-5357.
3) Share: Post this link on facebook & twitter or directly share with someone you know: http://goto.gg/5958
We appreciate your time and support, and please let us know if you have any questions,
Paul, Stephanie, and The Project Team
The Story of Happiness