One Child at a Time: Edmonton 2011
In April 2011, the NCEP Alberta Chapter launched the ‘One Child at a Time’ Campaign.
In this campaign, 20 people were challenged to each raise $200. Why $200? This amount finances the comprehensive educational expenses of one NCEP student for at least a year. The objective was threefold: 1) to raise money for NCEP 2) to add names to the NCEP donor database 3) to add names to the NCEP volunteer roster.
Each fundraiser received a Canvasser Kit*, a set of NCEP bookmarks (see images below) to give to donors, and the ability to decide how best to raise their $200.
The campaign ran through the summer and was a huge success: the Edmonton team raised over $4500, with many volunteers raising well above the $200 target!
Funds were raised in a variety of ways:
— Susan Draper sold cards that she makes that feature photographs she has taken in Nepal. She also asked personal friends to donate to NCEP
— Lorna Thomas held a barbeque at her high school reunion and also asked for direct donations to NCEP during the reunion and also at a family birthday party.
— Bonnie Sharplin held a garage sale. “It was a great day,” said Bonnie. “A lot of work, but well worth it, and it was such fun interacting with all the people who came shopping.”
— Ali Jayazeri co-ordinated a barbeque at the Univeristy of Alberta, and was assisted by Lorna and many of his friends from the U of A.
— Juhee Suwal encouraged friends to make personal donations and she made a personal donation as well
— Laine Lunde raised funds through pop bottle recycling and by collecting donations from her book club. She also worked with her son and others on the Alberta Chapter committee to design and produce the bookmarks. Two different bookmarks were designed for the campaign.
— Phil Haug co-hosted a ‘toga party’ for his birthday, and instead of people bringing presents, he invited people to make donations to NCEP.
A massive thank-you to all the volunteers, supporters and participants for your hard work, creativity, and generosity!
By raising $200, each campaign participant will not just be putting a child in a classroom, but also providing him or her with enough of a safety net to promote academic success and well-being. Life is precarious for many families in Nepal; NCEP believes that children with supportive families and an earnest desire to go to school should not denied this fundamental human right. By seeing the big picture of every NCEP Scholar, we are committed to making education a reality in Nepal, one child at a time.
* Many thanks to Janis Galloway for her help in preparing the Canvasser Kit.
** Thanks also to Leith Brownridge for his work designing the bookmarks below.