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Youth Leadership Camps
$450 raised
6% of $7.5k goal
4 contributors
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Ended Mar 28, 2013
I want to tell you about a really meaningful and exciting program I am producing in 3 weeks that will change the lives of 60 rural South African youth ages 12 to 16. I have organized two consecutive back-to-back camps (one for boys and one for girls) ...
I want to tell you about a really meaningful and exciting program I am producing in 3 weeks that will change the lives of 60 rural South African youth ages 12 to 16. I have organized two consecutive back-to-back camps (one for boys and one for girls) that are focused on HIV prevention, life skills trainng (good decision-making, resisting peer pressure for sex, alcohol & drugs), and getting clear about their life goals and developing leadership to persevere when stuff gets in their way. Throw in some health education, STD and pregnancy prevention, healthy relationships, prevention of gender-based violence, condom demonstrations, tie-dyed t-shirts, and games throughout and you get a picture of what a profound, fun, and amazing experience this will be! The camp attendees will be youth in rural villages who attend my organization’s orphans and vulnerable children’s centers who are at very high risk of contracting HIV due to poor HIV education, poverty (selling their bodies for food), alcohol use, and being victims of older men. I have been organizing the camps, over 120 kids have applied to attend, and the camps are scheduled to begin on March 30th.
Unfortunately, I just learned a few days ago that my funding source has withdrawn funding for the camps that had been approved last September because of some internal politics that I won’t go into at this point. Their withdrawal has nothing to do with the value or effectiveness of the camps. The Peace Corps has gone all-out to assist, but with the camps being so soon it limits their ability to swing financial support for the project. So, if these camps are to happen, it will need to come from private donations, and very quickly (like in the next few days).
I know you have all expressed your admiration for my willingness to leave my home, friends, family, and community to come here to serve in the good fight against poverty and HIV and AIDS. Many of you have expressed that you wish you could do something bold like that, but your life circumstance does not allow it. Here is an opportunity to make a HUGE difference for a relatively small amount that will save lives. Please look into your hearts and give generously to this project so we can proceed. A donation of $20, $50, $100, or even more will add up to the needed $7500 for these camps. I will personally handle the money so it won’t be swallowed up by some foreign NGO. You can contribute by clicking on the attached link to Fundrazr which allows you to contribute on-line to my American bank account and will send me an email to confirm your donation.
You have been waiting for an opportunity to make a huge difference……here it is. Thank you in advance from the bottom of my heartt for your generosity.
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