"Alicia's apartment will be ready by next week," anounced our case worker, smiling broadly. "She is so excited about moving her family to a little space of their own. I've already taken her children all they need for school, so now we need to pack up the bedding and kitchen stuff, ready for moving day. This is where our work really begins!"
I found myself captured by her own excitement at the challenge. "Yes. Let's get things packed," I agreed, as I reached for donated kitchen items. "Thank goodness she now regards you as a special friend, after all they have suffered. You are so good at confidence building".
"It's all of us working together," she reminded me, waving her hands toward the shelves of donated goods.
Each time I meet a refugee who is treading the same path as Alicia, I marvel at the resilience of the refugee, and the dedication and skill of our outreach workers and volunteers. And I give thanks for all of you, our donors, who are an integral part of so many transformations. You make transport and translation available as our case workers listen and coach. You provide emergency food, and a driver to collect donated items. Indeed our every success story is powered by your donations, large and small. Thank you so much for what we have achieved together.
Will you now help us to take advantage of an amazing matching fund granted to Global Giving? Bill and Melinda Gates will match all donations at 50%, up to the first $1,000,000. The date is November 29th, "Giving Tuesday", starting a minute after midnight EMT on 28th (9.01p.m. on the 28th, Pacific Time). Our project on the Global Giving website is eligible.
Donations must be made on the globalgiving.org website. Please remember to make your donation to our project, "Bridge to Self-Reliance, 2000 Refugees in San Diego". Each individual donor, must use a separate credit card issued in his/her own name. Can you enlist friends and contacts to join us in this competition? We need 50+ new donors (could each of you find 4?) and as many former donors as possible, to raise a total of $5000+. Help Alicia, and many others, to be able to raise their boys and girls as comitted productive and enthusiastic members of our society. That will be a great leap forward!