10 year old Summati hopes to get to go to 8th grade in Mewat
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!
Lotus Outreach International