Thank you for your generous support, your friendship and belief in this cause. I will work hard for your donations to make a difference in these people's life:
Throughout my travel in South America I got to meet & know people from many different cultures and from all genres of life. But what touched me most occurred when I was riding through rural and remote communities; There, I met and lived with humble and down to earth people working hard to meet their daily needs; I was always welcomed with a smile and they shared their home and food with me. They were living happy, content with what they have earned yet dreaming for a less harsh life.
It struck me more than ever how lucky we are... how lucky I am: my family and I are in good health, we live in a great country enabling me to just go “out-there” and discover the world, knowing that when I come back home I can (relatively) easily start anew again. This is when I realized that my trip can only be complete, worthy and true if I can contribute back to others what I have received in life. Throughout my adventure I knew volunteering, helping others improve their livelihood, will be my next endeavor. I want to make a long lasting sustainable difference within families and communities in need of just another chance, of a helping hand, to get started in making a reality their dreams of a better life. "INSPER" has just the right challenge for me.
I joined INSPIRE (formerly MondoChallenge) and volunteered for one of their unique & rewarding program: Women Empowerment: Business Development Grants for HIV sufferers in Tanzania. I will be helping mothers in Tanzania's rural regions to setup small businesses (of their choice) and accompany them through the challenging startup issues they will face during their endeavor. Within a 3 months time frame, our aim is to allow these new business women to be self sufficient and establish a sustainable business which will support their family's needs for years to come. The future will be our judge but today we will do our utmost to guide them on the road to success.
You can read the program's details on either of these websites:
The impact of our work can be felt in a relatively short period of time and its effect is widespread: the mother, her children, the community,.. will all benefit from this new stable income.
I will be volunteering between 4 to 6 month depending on our work's requirements and how it's flourishing. I will rely on your donations to allow me to tackle this next endeavor. First & foremost I need to raise ~U$D100 per family I wish to help (on average 10 families per 3 month period)... and second, your donation can also sponsor my volunteer cost. Please spread the word to family and friends but I also encourage you to approach your companies and ask them to contribute.
To make a contribution you can go through this webpage: JustGiving is secure, reliable and honest way (http://www.justgiving.com/about-us) to make your donations to FutureSense Foundation which is a partner of INSPIRE. Or you can simply contribute directly to me and I will forward your donations to INSPIRE.
With your financial support we will make a positive impact in these people lives. Please dig deep and donate.
Note on Tax implications/refunds:
- FutureSense Foundation is a UK registered charitable organization (number 1132101); Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer;
- For USA residents, it seems possible but I am still awaiting final confirmation if Tax Receipts can be issued.
- Unfortunately, FutureSense is not Canadian registered and cannot issue a tax receipt for Canadian residents.