Good news: on #GivingTuesday 2014, we raised just shy of$19,000 which will fund 12 young women with 2-year scholarships next school year to train as primary school teachers. And in that competition, our project placed 9th out of 513 projects participating! Ninth place. $19,000! So an immense thank you for mobilizing your resources and networks to make that happen.
With the arrival of spring, we’ve just been alerted to another bonus day competition that this project can take part in as part of the Youth Spark campaign. The big day is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14- and coincidentally a great day to think about putting some of those tax refunds to good use.
At 9am EDT (6am PDT) tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14, $100,000 in matching funds will be released. Donations will be matched 50% up to $1,000 per donor, per project. As usual, bonus prizes will be awarded to the projects with the most unique number of donors. So the more we spread the word and encourage other donors to give, the more our project stands to gain during the competition. An important reminder: in GlobalGiving competitions, matching funds always go very, very fast. Usually within the first 10 minutes!!!!!
So we’re asking you to make a special donation tomorrow, Tuesday (4/14), and we’re asking you to set your alarms to do so at 9am EDT (6am PDT) sharp!
Why do we ask you time and time again to join us in this endeavor? It’s easy. Every young woman who has received one of our scholarships has successfully completed her training (or is currently successfully engaged in her training) and all graduates have gone on to secure a teaching job upon graduation. Every single one! All of our graduates are now teaching in rural areas of Burkina, in the kinds of communities where-without the opportunities that donors like you have been providing them through the years-they might never have had a chance to go to school in the first place.
But they did, they did well, and now as teachers and as role models, they show other girls, their families and their communities what’s possible. Now that’s high impact investing!
The other reason we are so excited about tomorrow’s bonus day opportunity is that as much as we’ve been able to raise so far, funding 20 teacher training scholarships in 2014, there were 158 eager and qualified young women who were turned away from this opportunity, simply due to a lack of funds.
So we see tomorrow’s competition as a great chance to fund more women to get a post-secondary education in teaching. We hope you’ll agree and we hope you’ll join us!
We raised $19,000 last December. Can we raise $25,000 tomorrow?! I challenge you, I challenge the women we support-I challenge all of us to do our best for the future of Burkina Faso!
Please set your calendar reminders for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14, 9 am EDT / 6am PDT and have your donations matched 50%. And ask a friend or two to join in this amazing opportunity.
On behalf of the Friends of Burkina Faso and NEEED, thank you in advance for your support!
Suzanne Plopper, Project Leader