I have been in contact with Letha Sandison, Founder of Wrap Up Africa, for a long time now, and her passion and commitment to her community in Uganda is awe-inspiring. Letha came to me and many other people in our community recently with a very special and important request. Please read her message and then find out how you can get all kinds of Ordinary Sparkling goodies when you donate.
A message from Letha Sandison, Founder of Wrap Up Africa:
Hello all,I am writing to ask for help - Wrap Up Africa has a wonderful opportunity wrapped in a challenge.
Our building has become unstable and dangerous. There are no strict building regulations in Uganda and unfortunately this has disastrous consequences from time to time. The foundation on our space was not poured correctly for our building and heavy rains have washed away the soil beneath one side of the house. The landlord does not have the funding to repair the damage and therefore the building is not safe. Because of this, I am unable to renew our lease when it expires in May.
Serendipitously, there is a new building available in the same neighborhood. It is a wonderful opportunity as there are very few buildings that are within the hospital area that would be suitable for our uses. Because the US Embassy funded this commercial space there was oversight during its construction and it was built using good and safe building practices. The landlord is an employee of the embassy and is willing to sign a long-term lease with us.
This is a huge opportunity for us to take a space that is clean, has running water, power (which we have been working without for the last year), and allows for the expansion and launch of several programs for which our previous space had no room. In addition, this space helps us convey a more professional image to potential collaborators, donors and retailers.
Our goal is to move into the new space by May 1st. In order to do this we need to pay a year of rent upfront, a typical requirement in Uganda. As this was unexpected, these funds are not available in our current budget. We are seeking to raise $5,500 in order to accomplish this goal, and this is where you can make a huge difference. With your help, we can take advantage of this opportunity and continue to expand the programs we've created to help more children become cancer survivors here in Uganda.
This is an exciting time for Wrap Up Africa and this space will allow us to make the most of upcoming opportunities. We have just been offered a complimentary membership to the Clinton Global Initiative and invited to attend their upcoming meeting in September. USAID is bringing buyers from large retailers out to visit our facilities and I hope to share more exciting updates with you soon.
Thank you for your willingness to help!
I've put together some special Wrap Up Africa Give Aways, and if I hear about more on other sites, I'll post them here as well. Please pass this along, share the link, Twitter and shout from the rooftops!
In order to qualify for the give-aways, donations must be made by April 30th, but I'll be making donations through the Etsy items listed below through the end of May! The donation button is at the bottom of this entry.
* Donate between $5 - $19, and be entered in a drawing for one of my Ordinary Sparkling Postcard Sets.
* Donate between $20 - $49, and be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of Ordinary Sparkling Moments.
* Donate $50 or more, and be entered in a drawing for a signed Limited Edition Hardcover copy of Ordinary Sparkling Moments.
* AND if you buy a copy of Ordinary Sparkling Moments right here, $10 will be donated contributed to this project. If you buy a Limited Edition Hardcover copy right here, $20 will be donated. These donations will be made through the end of May.