Our fundraising activities begin as soon as our visiting director(s) return from Laos each winter. It runs from approximately April 1 through November 30 each year. This year, 2019-2020, our target is about $225,000 CDN.
There are currently, about 45 Rotary presentations and small gatherings, in Southern and Central Ontario, and Vancouver area planned. There are also a couple of fundraisers in the planning stages. Global Change For Children has recently provided a donation as has Hardiman Mount Insurance Agency who held a very successful golf tournament this year, of which we are honoured to be one of the recipients of the funds raised.
Much of our water project funding comes from various Rotary Clubs and District Matching Grants, but many individuals also assist. This year many are participating with all three main water projects and a few of them have elected to donate towards water filters too. Our target this year for water filters is 650 systems. We continue to look for new clubs and organizations to present to.
The largest annual, single fundraiser is organized and managed by Barbara Seagram and Patti Lee. Each year quantity of water filter donations they raise is simply outstanding!
Of course, it is the hundreds of individuals and small organizations that we are so thankful for. Without them, we would be nowhere.
If any of you would like a presentation in the GTA area or south/central Ontario region, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We hope to complete 3 major water projects in the coming season plus repair some of the other water supplies that are rendered useless after rock and mudslides destroyed their dams, water tanks and/or pipe in August last year. With more than 60 requests for repairs or replacement in just the two District where we work, it is a daunting task, especially now that the only other charity who’s focus in that area, has now left. Our goals also include the distribution of another 650 water filter systems serving an estimated 3,250 villagers, plus continue sponsorship of a dozen secondary and university students to go to school. Some or our planned smaller projects include the continued distribution of feminine hygiene kits to keep the young ladies in school, distribute school supplies to entire schools and others.
If you feel you may be able to help us with funding, or know of others that may be interested in funding or wish to visit, we hope that you will contact us. If you aren’t sure where exactly you would like to apply your funds, please contact us and we will let you know where it is needed the most. Perhaps you may be interested in doing a fundraiser for, or with us. A few dollars can go a long way. Although NGO’s (charities) in Laos are few and far between, most focus on the urban areas, yet there are so few that are able to help the rural villagers. If you have any questions or wish to discuss some ideas, please do get in touch. You won’t regret it and it may change your life.
For those of you who are interested in joining us in Laos to see/participate with any of our projects, there will be lots to see and do…the famous Kwangsi Waterfalls, the Unesco heritage city of Luang Prabang, famous night market, Phousi mountain and lots of amazing restaurants and wine bars to help you enjoy your stay.
Our sincere and respectful thanks to every one of you who have helped and continue to help us with your donations, to raise money and/or volunteer their valuable time to help some of the poorest but most grateful people of Laos.
Thank You for Caring!