Dear friends of Lotus Outreach,
The scholarship initiative in Mewat is already underway! Take a look at what we - together - have achieved in the past week alone:
• 53 of the approximately 700 children benefiting from this initiative have already received their scholarship packages, enrolled in school and will start TOMORROW, September 18th! An additional 20 children are committed to enrolling by the end of the month.
• We have already identified a wholesale supplier of book bags, shoes, uniforms and supplies and the initial order has been placed.
• Surprisingly, this provider does not manufacture girls’ uniforms but we have created an exciting opportunity out of this snag: teenage girls in Mewat’s villages will sew the uniforms themselves and in doing so, secure much needed employment and income.
• The remaining 650 children will be enrolled and provided with scholarship materials as their families return to Mewat’s brick kilns in the coming weeks following the monsoons.
The stakes are higher than ever as we enter the final hours of the GlobalGiving challenge. Lotus Outreach is currently ranked #1 for donors and #2 for dollars on the challenge leaderboard: http://www.globalgiving.com/dy/v2/globalchallenge.html (see: Education Scholarships for Child Laborers in India). With 30 hours remaining and only narrow leads in these categories, we need your hands, heads and hearts now more than ever.
The most effective way for us to win this competition is to drastically increase the number of unique donations received. As an incentive, we have received another anonymous matching pledge of $125. That means the next 13 unique donations of $10 (or more) will be matched an additional $10.
Over 220 generous supporters have already stepped forward and made a contribution (sometimes even 3 or 4 contributions)! If you have yet to become a player in this exciting challenge, please donate $10 today at http://www.globalgiving.com/projects/endchildlabor/ and help us reach the home plate.
If you have already contributed, we need your help even more. Please tell everyone in your networks – friends, family, colleagues, and other contacts – about this critical initiative and ask them to pitch in. If each of our 220 supporters can convince just 10 of their friends to partake, we will reach over 2,000 donors and lock in the $3,000 challenge grant for unique donations. Ask your networks to take the “10/10” challenge today – donate $10 and ask 10 people to do the same. We cannot win without your help!
We hope that the good feeling of knowing that you made a difference in lives of Mewat’s children is well worth the investment. Tomorrow, dozens of child laborers will attend school—some for the first time in their lives—and YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!
Lotus Outreach International