CREATIVE WAYS TO SUPPORT IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN
Whether it’s running your first 5K, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, or summiting Mt. Everest, we’re constantly impressed with the creativity and commitment of supporters who fundraise as part of a personal challenge or event. But you don’t need to swim the English Channel to make an impact in the life of a Nepali child in need. Face-to-face events like house parties and bake sales work too!
Please contact us at julie@NepalYouthFoundation.org or 1-415-331-8585 to discuss the possibilities.
IDEAS TO INSPIRE YOU:
11-year-old Clara S. of Elmhurst, IL’s plan to save an enslaved girl:
I want you to consider the following: You may remember watching a TV show about girls being sold in Nepal. It was really sad and I want to help them. If we cut back on things for one month, we can get the money to save one.
My plan is as follows:
1. Don’t go out to dinner 4x, $60
2. Ride our bikes to school 4x, $4
3. Have a Sunday night “lights out” again (helps environment too), $6
4. Eat spaghetti each week, $20
5. Find change around the house, $10
That is $100. Enough to save a girl and send her to school for one year. Go to this site and put your credit card in. Please say yes or I will have to bug you if you say no.
I love you.
Use a Personal Goal or Challenge—Whether you’re going on trek, doing a race, or have a personal goal to meet, use the opportunity to raise money for Nepali children who need it most. Ask your family, friends, and colleagues to sponsor your efforts! Free online platforms make fundraising easy by offering personal pages with photos, the ability to share your page via email and social networks, and gift processing. NYF friends have worked with platforms like Crowdrise, JustGive, and Razoo, but there are others.
Host an Event—Using house parties, tea groups, game nights, bake sales, school clubs, and team-building activities through your workplace are easy and fun ways to raise critical dollars while informing people about the work of NYF. Use Evite or create a Facebook Event to send invitations and manage your guest list. We’ll mail you newsletters to distribute and a DVD to show your guests.
Use a Special Occasion—Make special occasions, such as a birthday, family reunion, or wedding, more meaningful by asking for donations instead of flowers or gifts.
Make NYF Part of Your Business—Are you an artist, salon owner, or CEO of a company? Donate proceeds from the sale of your product or service.
Rosa Dingler of Maple Ridge, British Columbia recycles bottles and cans and donates the money to NYF. She started by showing her neighbors slideshows of her trips to Nepal, which inspired them to help Nepali children. Rosa, 83 years old, rewards the people who help her in this effort with homemade jams and jellies.
Lauri Neidell of San Anselmo, Calif. organizes dances to raise money. People come to dance, and then learn about NYF and donate. Lauri says, “I keep trying to imagine what it would be like to be a little girl and have all my hopes, dreams and family taken away from me and replaced with cruelty. I raise money for NYF because I want these girls to be free and have a chance for a good life.”
“I solicited my friends and family to pledge money per pound for a time period of six months. I sent out monthly updates. What I was not prepared for was the shift of thought during this program. I went from ‘what I want to look like’ to ‘who I am trying to help who is less fortunate.’ My goal becomes something outside of myself and the choices between chocolate cake and indentured little girls becomes easy.” – Fiona Hall of Charlotte, North Carolina
Mark Barrett is using his five month trek on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada to raise money for NYF. He’s set up a personal fundraising page on Razoo, and is gathering donations so that children who just need a chance can live the life they’ve dreamed.
Artist Susan Bostrom-Wong holds shows in San Francisco and donates a portion of her art sales, along with raffle proceeds, to the children of NYF. “I give to NYF because it is one to the best NGOs that I know of. Every dollar goes a long way in Nepal, and every child deserves a chance to be lifted out of poverty and oppression.”
Nepali Tea Traders, a company bringing Nepal’s remarkable teas to North America and Europe in order to help tea farmers improve their lives, donates a portion of proceeds from teas sold to NYF, and collects additional donations at customer checkout.
If you’re thinking about getting involved in supporting impoverished Nepali children in a more hands-on way than donating money, please contact us at julie@NepalYouthFoundation.org or 1-415-331-8585. We’ll be happy to discuss the possibilities.