Blogging has taken a backseat this month: fundraising and advocating has taken its place. I’ve been volunteering with Project Why (I did 26 stories about them in 2016), and renewed my acquaintance with some of the bravest souls I’ve ever met.
This organization, nestled in the underprivileged communities of New Delhi, is all heart, so totally focused on the women and children it helps that they do not have a formal fundraiser. That job had fallen to Anouradha Bakshi, the founder (she’s my hero: I wrote about her in 2014), for all the 18 years of its existence. Fundraising is not for the faint of heart: you need to set yourself aside, and think only of those you’re raising funds for.
In the past weeks, I’ve had various responses to my fundraising efforts: from offers of cheques at my ‘face value’, to sheer incredulity at the concept of crowdfunding, to this gem: I don’t believe in donations, it makes beggars out of people.
No one can make a beggar out of Renu Karotia— the lady whose sewing circle we’re hoping to crowdfund in the coming month. Faced with hunger, homelessness, and penury, Renu took sewing classes, became good enough to turn into a teacher, and is today looking to empower other women in need.
Women like Renu have fought the odds, and deserve to win.
With your help, they can. All they need is a hand to hold when they’re struggling to leave behind the quagmire of poverty and illiteracy.
This FUNDRAISER for the Project Why Sewing Circle aims to do just that. Today is a global day of giving via Giving Tuesday, and Project Why is a part of this kindness movement. You can donate in different currencies like USD and pounds–just change the currency at the top right of the screen.
Please donate a few dollars/ pounds/ euros/rupees: the price of a coffee or a meal in your currency. It would go a long way in helping a bunch of very hard-working women find employment and a chance at taking control of their own lives.
If you are in the U.S., you can also donate to Project Why via Omprakash which is a tax-exempt non-profit organization registered under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. They take PayPal. Just add a comment that you’re donating for the Project Why SEWING CIRCLE fundraiser.
Share the SEWING CIRCLE FUNDRAISER on social media using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #ProjectWhyDelhi . Each share leads to at least 3 donations!
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Would you help Renu help other women take charge of their lives? Does her story inspire you? Would you share her story?
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