Earlier this year, I got an N95 smartphone to stream videos while I doing web 2.0 and nonprofit workshops in different places. I became a huge fan of QIK and I was floored with @broy, one of the founders took the time to answer some of my questions on twitter and my blog. Today, I learned that QIK will be celebrating their one-year anniversary with a party and charity drive. They have identified the Sharing Foundation that helps children in Cambodia as the recipient. (If you read this blog and are going to the QIK party, buy lots of schwag!)
I'm thrilled. As a board member and long time supporter of the organization, we've been concerned - like all other nonprofits about the slow down in charitable giving and the impact it might have on serving disadvantaged children and orphans. We've been following all the advice about fundraising in hard times and looking at how we can stretch our dollars even further. (Believe me, we're no stranger to squeezing pennies)
Leng Sopharath is the second from the left
I've been so grateful to all the wonderful people who have generously contributed to the Sharing Foundation. Leng Sopharath, a young Cambodia woman, has been sent to college for three years due to the generosity of people who read this blog, follow me (or Chris Brogan) on Twitter, or have connected with me through different social networks. And, if wasn't for the outpouring of generosity of the Gnomedex community and Chris and Ponzi - we were able to cover her medical expenses this year.
Being Leng Sopharath's sponsor is more than raising money to support the Sharing Foundation's program. I write regular letters of support and encouragement. And this year has been very difficult for her due to her medical problems. I just received the last letter from her and thought I'd share with you.
"Thank you so much for your last letter. I love to read it.
I am okay now. I am still resting because I just getting back my strength back after my 3rd operation. I feel sad sometimes because my roommates get to ride their bikes to school. I can only see and smile on them. I really want to go back to school so much and I think my dream will come true in April when I am well enough to attend school.
Even though I cannot attend school, I am studying my lessons and reviewing books. I hope one day that I will see you again in Cambodia and thank you for being my sponsor. I will work hard and not make you feel sad that you were my sponsor."
As I mentioned, we're feeling the impact of the economy and donations are slowing down. While Leng Sopharath is covered, there are 40 other college students that the Sharing Foundation supports. That's why a donation, of any amount, even $15 will help us help lift these promising young people out of poverty.
You can donate online here.
And, again, my heartfelt thanks to QIK!