That's Preetam on the right. He is the third person to contribute and the first donor that I've met face-to-face. That's powerful. I've raised some money from my cause from people who are my friends online, but I've never met offline. Why is that?
Preetam Rai knows more about Southeast Asian blogs and bloggers than anyone else in the world! He's an editor at Global Voices and his personal blog, Better Days, where I first learned about RSS readers and how to use bloglines.
Contribute to my latest personal fundraising campaign to support Leng Sopharath, an orphan from Cambodia, for her junior year at college. My family has sponsored her college costs for her freshman and sophomore years.
Coming up with the $1,000 donation to the Sharing Foundation which manages the program is a stretch. That's why I'm asking for my friends on Facebook to help. If 100 Facebook friends (or their friends) donate $10 (or more - so I can get back to regularly scheduled blogging on other topics) and spread the word to their friends, we can change her life forever!
But don't take my word for it. Over the summer, I had an opportunity to meet her in person. In her dorm room, she had photos of our family and my letters to her on the wall. She spoke about how much our support makes a difference in her life.
To make it more enticing, if you are among the first 30 to contribute, I'll add you as a top friend on my Facebook profile. All contributors will be graciously thanked on my blog. I'm, of course, experimenting with person-to-person fundraising on Facebook and I'll share my learnings here.
What a deal for $10 or more! Donate now. Spread the word! Share this link on your Facebook profile.