Saturday, 7 October 2017

The cherished work of non-for-profits

She is three and we love her
Photo by Philip Maher
I would imagine that many of you have lives that are very busy and that you are inundated with requests for support and donations from this cause and that.  I am too.  We are so overwhelmed that we tend to ignore or delete these requests or respond by asking to have our names removed from bulk email lists.  This bulk list has been very kind to me and you have accomplished amazing things as a result.

This is the non-for-profit world.  We set ridiculous goals that would see our greatest humanitarian issues erased from the planet.  We seek to change the world to make it a much better place.  We attempt to stand up against dark and often political forces, demanding that things be different.  We do this in the background of the for-profit world that has the lions share of the public wealth and has permission to use daring marketing tools with massive overhead budgets to sell things like Coca Cola and iphones  ( no offence to Coca Cola or Apple ).  We live under the constant strain of reducing our administrative costs to please our donors which often makes us handicapped in our efforts to make the world a just place for the most vulnerable.  

We are David, the issues we tackle are Goliath. 

 If we lose in our collective non-for-profit battles, cancers will not be cured, the victims of war will not be rescued, poverty will not be erased and health pandemics will not be defeated.  We won’t find a cure for AIDS or an answer to the terrifying forces of global warming.  Here is what I predict; we won’t lose.  Despite the impossible odds, we won't lose.  Because organizations like Bracelet of Hope will keep finding innovative ways to fundraise and even more innovative ways to provide service and care to the people we support including this little one who depends on us for her future.  We will help end AIDS in Lesotho, plain and simple but impossible without our collective generosity.

I am thankful for you and your support.  I am thankful for the country I live in and the many blessings that smother my life, day after day.   How lucky are we to have been born in a country like Canada.? To whom much is given, much is expected.

Let's get the cherished work of non-for-profits done.

The fundraising goal is $15,000.  That keeps three foster homes open for another year.  It gives our foster children school uniforms, school fees, warm blankets, and a foster family to grow with.  Stay tuned.  Our next bold move will be to assist in the role out of AIDS treatment to the most remote areas of the country.

Happy Thanksgiving.  You are a beautiful bunch.  
Blessings to you and yours.

Anne-Marie Zajdlik
Founder of Bracelet of Hope

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