Two years ago, my family and I made a commitment to sponsor Leng Sopharath, a young woman from Cambodia, for her college education through the Sharing Foundation's education program. She is an orphan who grew up in the same orphanage as my daughter. Without the Sharing Foundation's college education program, she would not be able to make a better life for herself. My exploration of using social media tools and personal fundraising strategies has been devoted to raising money to help support young people like Leng Sopharath through the Sharing Foundation's program. She is now entering her third year of college, majoring in Business as you will hear from the video I took when I met her over a year ago.
The most recent letter I received from her let me know that she will have to miss the fall semester because she recovering from stomach surgery. (The text of the letter is here). The Sharing Foundation (and some friends) covered her medical expenses and she is recuperating in the student house that we rent for our college students. So, this year I'm raising money to cover her junior year tuition, living expenses, and medical expenses. This comes to approximately $2,500. I am hoping that you can contribute $10 to continue her education in good health.
For her freshman year, I launched a campaign on ChipIn and with the help of many generous people, was able to raise money for her first of college. For her sophmore year, with the help of folks like Chris Brogan, we were able to raise enough money to cover Leng Sopharath and another college student!
I'm headed off to Seattle to speak at Gnomedex and hope to test the power of integrated offline/online strategies. (Any advice?) and hope to continue with this campaign and raise the money quickly! So, please consider donating $10!
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