The Challenge was successful! Thanks to your generous support, the NCF has secured a permanent place on the GlobalGiving website. This gives the NCF enhanced visibility and the ability to provide tax receipts to both Canadian and American supporters.
The Challenge required the projects be supported by at least 50 donors, raise at least $4,000, all within one month. The NCF project raised $5,400 from 66 donors within the first 2 weeks. Thanks to everyone for donating and for spreading the word!
The funds raised will be enough to sustain the scholarship program for the first 5 years.The funds donated above our original target level will give this initial scholarship program a longer duration than we had originally anticipated. Scholarships will be provided to families based on a combination of financial need and academic performance. In a country where the average labourer earns $5 per day, the scholarships will make a difference to the ability of families to keep their children in school. We think that they will also help to underline the value of education and will provide recognition of the hard work and achievement of the children.
We will consult with the teachers and principals to develop a clear and fair set of eligibility criteria and an objective selection process. We hope to be able to personally attend at the first awards ceremony this fall ( the end of the Nicaragua school year). The scholarship program builds on a wide range of activities undertaken by the NCF - please check out our website for more information : www.nicaraguachildrensfoundation.com. If you would like to get more involved - we have got lots of ideas and we would love to hear from you.
Thanks so much for your support. Mona, Allan and Riley Donovan, NCF
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