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The First Week Of The Rest Of Their Lives

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CLICK TO WATCH: https://youtu.be/puZfRvP1BDw

Today is the day that we OFFICIALLY start fundraising!

Here’s my prediction: the success of this project HINGES on the first 3 weeks of fundraising. After some time has passed, churches, schools and other forms of publicity will help carry things to completion.

But before they ever get on board, they need to see the early faithfulness of the first group of donors. That means YOU! 🙂 Your early vote of confidence can be what MAKES or BREAKS this project.

Please help make this project a huge success by doing one of the following:

1) DONATE (We need to hit $4,000 BY FRIDAY): http://www.villagefridays.com/education

OR

2) SHARE this video until we hit our goal!

7 Proven Techniques To Help Fundraise for An All-Girls School In Rural Malawi.

RESOURCES

Fundraising Video: https://youtu.be/l8sKXR6EW0U
Vision Document: https://www.scribd.com/doc/295953906/Girls-Shine-Academy-Vision-Document
My personal email: gretglyer@gmail.com (reach out to me with ANY questions or ideas — I LOVE hearing from people!!)
Fundraiser Page: http://www.villagefridays.com/education


Here are 7 ways you can help us reach our goal and take part in building a school for the girls living in rural Malawi:

1. Find Donors Willing to Contribute $1,000

Ask to meet with the 2 people in your life who are most likely to want to support girl’s education in Africa and have the means to do so. If they decide to support the cause, great! Then ask them to refer 2 more people in their network who might be interested in supporting the cause.

2. Organization Involvement

Are you a student at school? See if they’ll let you show the video at an assembly or a chapel and give a 5 minute presentation on why your fellow students should get involved.

Do you attend a church? Send your pastor an email asking if he would send out the fundraising video to the congregation. OR ask if you can show the video during Sunday morning service and give a 5 minute presentation.

Are you a high school or college alumni? Send an email to the most influential person you know at your old institution and ask them to blast an email out to their network using the fundraising video.

3. Send Personalized Emails

Come up with a list of 5 -30 friends who might be interested in making a donation. Send them an email explaining how big of a difference their contribution could mean to girl’s education in Africa. Here’s a sample email you can use:

“Hey Friend!

I’m trying to spread awareness for a really awesome fundraiser, and you were one of the first people who came to mind! There’s a very talented team in Malawi, Africa who are trying to build a school for vulnerable girls living in a remote village. They made an amazing fundraising video you can watch here: https://youtu.be/l8sKXR6EW0U. I believe very strongly in this cause and I was really hoping you would consider taking part in it as well by making a small donation using this link: http://villagefridays.com/education. Will you help? 🙂

Sincerely,

Your name”

4. Hold a Fundraiser

The Village Fridays website makes it EXTREMELY easy to set up an online fundraiser. Go to: http://www.villagefridays.com/fundraisers and see for yourself! Here are some guaranteed ways to bring in some money AND spread awareness:

  • Give up your birthday. Ask your friends to give you your age in dollars instead of presents. Are you turning 18? Ask your friends and family to donate $18! Turning 71? Ask for $71! Don’t have a birthday coming up? Maybe you could convince someone who does!: Your mom, sister, or significant other?
  • Do something active. Ask your friends and family to donate in honor of some activity you pursue: Run a 10k and post the fundraiser every 10 days leading up to the race; Give up something important for a week (internet/credit card/coffee); Do 1000 burpees in a day and post about it all day long with the fundraiser link.
  • Use your talents. Are you musical? Ask your friends to donate a certain amount and in return you’ll record a cover of their favorite song. This same technique can be applied if you’re a dancer, painter, writer, etc.

5. Write a blog post/make a video

Do you have an online platform of some kind? A blog? A YouTube channel? A podcast? An Instagram?

Write something up about the benefits of girls education in sub-Saharan Africa and link to the fundraiser and fundraising video. If you don’t have a personal blog, maybe you have a friend who does?

6. Reach out to popular blogs or news outlets

There are a lot of news outlets and blogs that would love to give this story some exposure! Especially once they see the fundraising video. Each blog or news outlet has a contact page with instructions on how to submit stories. Take some time and reach out to 3–5 of the blogs/news outlets who you think would be most likely to share the video. Here is a list of the top 300 Christian blogs: http://churchrelevance.com/resources/top-church-blogs/.

7. Tweet @ YouTubers

There are a lot of YouTubers who are interested in whoever is doing the most innovative things with YouTube. I think a lot of YouTubers would be interested in what we’re trying to accomplish through online media. Tweet at them and ask them to share the fundraising video. You can mention me if you want: http://twitter.com/gretglyer.


Do you know anyone else that might be interested in being super involved? Share this article with them too!

When You Educate A Girl, You Educate A Nation

MVI_6301.00_00_11_05.Still001Over the holidays, I wondered if I should pursue the project I’m presenting today. Then one night, I couldn’t sleep. “If it doesn’t work, I’m embarrassed. If it does work, these girls will get an education. I have to try.”

I’m going to pour everything I’ve got into this project alongside Blessings Chibambo and Tiyanjane Dzilankhulani. We’re ready to do all the hard work. We want to see the girls of this village receive an amazing education, get into college, and then spend their lives transforming Malawi.

And, there is no question about it…we need your help. Please consider taking the next 60 seconds to do one of the following:

1) SHARE this video: https://youtu.be/l8sKXR6EW0U

OR

2) Make a DONATION: http://www.villagefridays.com/education

8 Reasons You Should Care About Malaria

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I know, I know. You’re exhausted. Everywhere you look there’s a new cause asking for your time, money and attention. There are definitely some messed up things in this world. And getting involved in any of them is a tough leap to make. Once you get involved in one cause, you’ve then crossed some chasm where you might feel responsible to start caring about all the other causes. And then you won’t be able to enjoy any of your wealth because money spent on yourself is money not spent on relieving the suffering that millions are enduring around the world.

But, listen. This is important. You have a limited time on this earth and you will be held accountable for your actions. Those actions include how you spend your time, money and attention.

I’m not going say that Malaria is THE ULTIMATE MOST IMPORTANT cause you can get involved in. But it is a supremely important one. Here’s why:

1. It’s preventable.

Can you believe that a disease that takes so many lives, is actually preventable? I’ve lived in Sub-saharan Africa for 2.5 years and never gotten Malaria. I take a pill daily, I apply bug spray at night time, and I sleep under a mosquito net.

People who are currently contracting Malaria could live a life where they don’t have to worry about it. But there’s a massive shortage of education and resources. How do we overcome this?

2. We could see it end in our lifetime. Keyword: could.

Remember AIDS? Remember how it was the number one global killer a short 10 years ago? It’s not anymore. We have medicine that’s cheap and when people take it, they keep living. AIDS related deaths are dropping DRAMATICALLY.

A big reason this happened was because AIDS was a scary thing to the Western world. And when things scare the Western world, they do something about it until it’s no longer a problem (exhibit B: Ebola. It’s gone).

Certain people in certain corners of the Western World seem to care about Malaria. But it’s definitely not a prominent concern. If it becomes one, we could see this horrific disease end in our lifetime. But it starts with YOU. YOU have to confidently stand on the front lines and wait for others to join you. Following the crowd means things will stay the same.

3. The numbers.

One million die from Malaria every year. 300–600 million contract Malaria every year. And 40% of the world lives in an area that’s at-risk for Malaria. These are just numbers that will wash over your head because they’re incomprehensible. But caring about Malaria (and proving that care by doing something about it) is showing sympathy to a huge number of people.

I don’t want to go too far with this. But you could almost make the case thatnot caring about Malaria is equivalent to not caring about 40% of the people on this planet. The same planet that you live on!

4. It MOST lethal to kids under 5 years old.

AIDS had a bad reputation for a long time because it was often associated with irresponsible behavior. That’s not the case with Malaria. 90% of the people who die from Malaria are children under 5 years old. They’re innocent and have done nothing to deserve that fate. It’s not fair.

5. It’s really painful.

I’ve been fortunate enough never to contract Malaria. But I’ve had several friends get it and it’s excruciating. 100% of the time people describe it as the worst disease they’ve every gotten. You might think, “Oh well, at least you can just sleep through the pain, right?” Nope. You try and rest but wake up shortly afterwards because of your body’s incessant aching.

That sounds awful enough for us Westerners who get to take sicks days and have access to hospitals with morphine. But what if you lived in a world where your very livelihood depended on manual labor? If you don’t get up and farm, you could lose your crops and have zero income for the year. The stakes are higher for the people who are most affected by this disease.

6. Those affected by Malaria care about you.

This is a softer point, but an important one. When the attacks happened in Paris this year, I got sympathy texts from friends in Malawi. They were upset that the Western world was under attack.

They don’t spend time worrying that Westerners “are more privileged.” They see them the same way they see everyone else: as people. And my guess is that if they could do something to help you, they would.

7. You can do something about it right now.

A lot of times the suffering of this world can be paralyzing. When you hear about government corruption, sex slavery or ISIS you might despair because you have no idea what can be done.

That’s not the case with Malaria. You can donate a mosquito net RIGHT NOW and watch me hand out the nets to a rural Malawian village in January.

Click here to do something right now.