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Birthday wish: Fundraising for Uganda

$290 of $16k goal

Raised by 4 people in 30 months
Give a woman a fish, and she will feed her family for a day. Teach a woman to fish, and she will feed her family for a lifetime...

My name is Alexandra, and I am a Student at Syracuse University. My 20th birthday is Monday, April 7. When I was little, all of my relatives used to give me money for my birthday to buy things that I wanted instead of getting me presents that I wouldn't like or use. This year, the only thing I want for my birthday is help paying for my summer service trip. This GoFundMe page will help me raise money so that I can help women create small businesses and learn about sexual health in Uganda.

35% of Ugandans live below the poverty line. 8% of the population have AIDS, and there are over 100,000 new HIV infections per year (Epidemiological Fact Sheet, 2012). It makes sense that the life expectancy in the county would only be around 54.5 years of age, and that infant mortality would surpass 50 per 1,000 children, five percent (CIA World Fact Book, 2012). I am being called to do my part to make these numbers improve.

As you can probably tell, this project means the world to me. I am a young woman in college learning skills that will help me provide for myself and one day a family. I want to see other women be able to have the same experiences I am fortunate enough to have. However, I need your help to make this plan come to fruition. I have very few funds to allocate in order to actually go to Uganda, so I am looking elsewhere to help offset the costs. I have looked all over for grants and scholarships that would support a student on a service learning trip, but with no avail. It would just wound me if I couldn't act on this wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of strangers in need. That is why I am turning to you good people.

I am not expecting this GoFundMe page to completely balance out the cost of the trip, but every dollar that you give gets me a dollar closer to reaching my goal. I promise to write a personal thank you note to every single person that donates, so if you can leave your name and address when you make a donation, that would be fantastic. God Bless you, and thank you for giving this page a look over.
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Update 4
30 months ago

Just a few more weeks before my trip! You guys have all been so kind and amazing. Please visit my page and help me create sustainable business ventures. Together we can wipe out extreme poverty!
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Update 3
30 months ago

Last night was the first decent night of sleep that I have received in what feels like forever. I am starting to feel like my dreams are becoming a tangible reality and that there may just be a light at the end of my financially burdened tunnel. Thank you all for your amazing contributions, and may God bless you all!!
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Update 2
30 months ago

So,
Today is the big day!! I am finally twenty. I have gotten so many wonderful birthday wishes from all of you and they have touched my heart. To those of you who can, please donate to my cause. The only thing I want on this lovely April day is to be able to go live in a different place and impact so many lives in such an amazing way brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it, but I need your help to get there. Please visit my page, read about my cause, and donate if you can. Even if it is just a dollar it will get me closer to achieving my goal. God Bless you all for being so amazing!!!
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Update 1
30 months ago

Thanks to Amanda Taylor of the Watertown Daily Times, my birthday wish is going public. I couldn't be more excited. I can just feel my dream for this summer coming true!
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$290 of $16k goal

Raised by 4 people in 30 months
Created March 30, 2014
$200
Anonymous
30 months ago
$20
Adrian Alvarez
30 months ago

Happy Birthday, Alex, and good luck raising money for a good cause!

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$50
Ann Nichols
30 months ago
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$20
Ashley Doney
30 months ago

SO proud of my sister!

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