Some months ago we told you that we had finished paying the house where we work everyday. Thanks to the great support of many people like you who have supported us greatly, we have begun to make adjustments in the house. We started rebuilding the deck with the support of a company from Costa Rica. Then, we built a ramp in the entrance of the house so that people with discapabilities can benefit and help in our programs, and we also rebuilt the children's bathroom.
In the last few weeks we have been rebuilding two bathrooms sponsored by three companies and also, are finally building an administrative office so that the staff members could receive new volunteers and donors adequately. But we still have many pending projects. The idea is to continue adapting the house so that it is more suitable to receive children, adolescents and adults, seeking them to break the poverty circles in which they live today.
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Thanks to the support of Sealand Costa Rica, we began this new year with changes in the design of our house, since we now have a new ramp at the entrance, which will allow people with disabilities to enter the foundation more easily, as well as to older adults who visit us. This ensures a safer, more reliable and inclusive environment for students, volunteers and donors, as well as being able to open our doors to more people in the community who need it and who could not do it before.
The enrollment days for the Bajo de Los Anonos community ended successfully as we closed with a total of 221 people who will be receiving a variety of courses over the next four months. In addition, we will receive many volunteers every week, some of them have been with us for several months and others are new, but all with a willing heart to dedicate their time and effort to improve the quality of life of children, adolescents and adults.
One year ago, we received the news that if we did not pay $ 200,000 before January 31, 2017, to buy the house, we would have to close Lifting Hands. We saw it impossible, but we could not close the doors that easy. In December we launched a campaign on social networks asking for the support of all of you, and we raised $ 80,000, and in January, a group of entrepreneurs lent us $ 120,000, which we had to cancel before August 22nd. We had fundraising activities, raffles, cooking classes, etc., and we raised $ 45,500 more. Days before the deadline, we received excellent news: we had six more months to cancel the debt. Eight days ago we finished paying! THANK YOU! To those who donated a $1 or $1000, to those who believed in us and in this community, to all of you. The only way to achieve this was by joining and fighting together for this community that we love so much.
It was time to repay the loan from Lifting Hands Community Home, but a month ago they gave us the excellent new that we have six more months to finish paying! At the moment we owe $ 45,500 but we have faith. We know that we will achieve it with the support of all of you! With this house, ee have been able to increase our capacity, and with this more than 200 people are benefiting from the program with more than 100 classes per week and around 180 volunteers.If you want to join the cause, you can donate to our campaign. We also want to extend you the invitation to come to Costa Rica to volunteer in our foundation through our international volunteer program. Let's lift our hands for a better future!
We have been able to pay the debt of the house, we have ready the Report of Results of 2016 and we want to tell you the impact we had in the first quarter of this year. We are very happy for all the achievements we have had in recent months, but it is thanks to you who support us, the volunteers and the community that we can share such good news today. As many of you know, we were raising funds to buy the house where we work with the Bajo de los Anonos. We managed to buy it with the support of many people! But we owe $ 120,000 to a group of friends who loaned us a six-month term. We already paid the first $ 20,000! This means that we are missing $ 100,000, but we have faith that we will achieve it.
Our impact for the 1st quarter of 2017:
4,000 people indirectly
200 people directly
130 volunteers per week
90 weekly courses
Do you want to support us? We have a children's sponsorship program where you contribute $50 a month and you can come to Lifting Hands to meet your godchild. If you are interested in doing your bit, email us: email@example.com
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