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Send Karla to UNCSW62 in New York!

$2,615 of $2,540 goal

Raised by 44 people in 18 months
[FEB 26  FINAL UPDATE]

salamat, thank you, merci.

I am so thankful for the amazing response I received when I shared this appeal and it is so thrilling to share: GOAL ACHIEVED!!!!!!!


When I reached my initial goal of $1240 in less than six days - I had to make a decision:

(1) Say thank you to the community for your urgent generosity, close up shop, and swiftly get to filming cute cat videos & making your cakes.

OR

(2) Increase my goal and bring light to the fact that simply inviting young racialized women to the table is not sufficient, but rather it means hitting some very real financial barriers as that young racialized woman.

I chose the latter and you all stepped up. Thank you.
That matters.

salamat. thank you. merci.
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Still feeling generous? Any additional donations to this campaign will fund my pro-bono community work & buy cat food.

OR

You could support this Toronto Youth Filipino delegation to go to the Sariling Gawa Youth Council's Leadership Conference : https://www.gofundme.com/TorontoSG2018

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[FEB 24 - SO CLOSE!]

REMAINING GOAL...................................................$280

WOW - SO CLOSE TO REACHING MY FINAL GOAL!
Thank you to all of you who have shared offerings with me. I am so incredibly grateful. Thank you. 

*see below for budget

MAKE YOUR DONATION OVER HERE ------------>

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[Feb 10 - OMG - original fundraising goal reached!

SEE UPDATES FOR NEW GOAL!]

Hey everyone! I am so blessed by the response I've received over this past week. Please read the updates on the other tabs/watch the update video to explain why my fundraising goal has changed since the last time you were here!

Revised budget, updated February 24, 2018

(1) FLIGHT...........................................................................$300
(2) ACCOMODATIONS.................................................$900 ($150/night x 6 nights, shared with fellow unfunded racialized delegate)
(3) WEEKLY METRO PASS............................................$40
(4) PER DIEM - MEALS...................................................$350 ($50/day x 7 days)
(5) HOTEL-AIRPORT SHUTTLE..................................$40
(6) US ROAMING PLAN.................................................$35
(7) OPPORTUNITY COST/LOST WAGES...............$875
NEW TOTAL GOAL..........................................................$2540
raised until Feb 24............................................................($2260)
REMAINING GOAL...................................................$280

* Prices listed in CAD

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[ORIGINAL APPEAL - FEBRUARY 4, 2018]

In 2009, I visited the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City for the first time - a visit that made me decide to pursue a degree in International Relations and to dream about returning one day as an official delegate. 

I have the chance to make that dream come true this March 10-17 as a member of the YWCA Canada delegation to the United Nations' 62nd Commission on the Status of Women

However, New York is a VERY expensive city and I need your help to raise the funds to get there. Please help me with the two biggest expenses: (1) a place to stay, and (2) a way to get there. 

(1) HOTEL...................................................................$980 ($140/night for Karla & one other unfunded delegate)
(2) FLIGHT..................................................................$300 (Toronto - New York, return)
TOTAL GOAL............................................................$1280

Every single dollar helps me and a fellow racialized and unfunded delegate friend get to New York, and ensure that our young racialized voices are at the table.

I promise to share my journey throughout the week on social media. BUT, if you donate, I will send personalized insider updates on the key people I meet, critical issues being discussed, and the new connections that you are making possible for me, and by extension, for the Filipino-Canadian community. Check out the different giving levels & rewards on the right-hand side -------->>>>>



- MARAMING SALAMAT & THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATION -


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WHY KARLA?

My mom came to Canada from the Philippines via the Live-in Caregiver program (LCP) to pursue her dreams of seeing the world. Although she was a skilled accountant, she spent the first two years here caring for her employer's children while my grandparents raised me. The odds were stacked against us from the very beginning, but my mom has worked two, and even three jobs at once, as a single mother to ensure that I could pursue every opportunity to succeed - including funding that 2009 summer trip as a Canadian youth delegate to the Global Young Leaders Conference.

I'm asking for your support in funding this trip to New York because I wish to show my mom that her tireless hard work has made it possible for me to be at the table with international leaders, and have my voice heard on the very issues that have shaped her life - migrant workers' rights, precarious international labour patterns, family separation, and decolonisation.

I'm going to UNCSW62 for my mom.

I have the qualifications(BA, International Relations; 4 years of working & volunteering for women's organizations), inquisitive critical mindset (trained interdisciplinary - politics, history, feminism, social justice, cultural humility/competence, communications, performance art), multiple languages (English, French, Tagalog, Spanish), and overall warm interpersonal skills. 

WHY DOES A FILIPINA-CANADIAN DELEGATE MATTER? 

I have consistently found myself to be the only Filipina in the room throughout university, at my workplace, and in the boardroom. I am determined to change that.

Prior to the conference, I will reach out to Filipinas and Filipina-run organisations across Canada to ensure that I bring their issues to the table with me.

My mom is only one of the thousands of women and families who ultimately migrated to in Canada because of the LCP. As of 2016 (Stats Canada), there are over 800,000 people of Philippine descent living in Canada and the Philippines continues to be the top source country of recent immigrants. Filipinos might be the 4th largest visible minority group in Canada, yet we remain drastically underrepresented in politics, media, academia, and more.

My very presence at UNCSW62 is a key part of changing that narrative.


WHAT IS THE "UNCSW62"?

This meeting brings together international leaders, non-governmental organisations, and advocates from all regions of the world to discuss the most critical issues faced by women at the global scale. 


To see more of my work and credentials, check out my LinkedIn or personal website here .

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Salamat! Thank you so much for supporting and believing in me with both kind words and tangible dollars. I am now able to go to UNCSW62 fully funded because of the way that my community, friends, & family donated and/or fundraised for me. Check out the thank you video featuring my feline and human roommates!

Rewards coming soon.

Sending you all my love and keep an eye out on my twitter (@kmvdanan) for live updates March 11-17, and the end of the month - I'll be sharing a full video and summary of how it all goes.
SALAMAT, GOAL ACHIEVED
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YAY SENDING ALL OF YOU GOOD VIBES FOR YOUR KIND GENEROSITY ✨✨✨

PLUS find out WHY I increased my fundraising goal!

It is important to look at who sits at the table for these international meetings and to think critically about the financial barriers for marginalized folks to not just make it to the table at the UN, but also EAT & PAY RENT & SELF-SUSTAIN at home.

Advocacy is an immensely rewarding and powerful job - I know that this is how I can best give back to my communities - but it doesn’t always pay well, or even pay at all if you’re a BIWOC. A donation to help me reach my new goal helps to change that.
MARAMING SALAMAT & THANK YOU ✨✨
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Oh my gosh!! In under 6 days, 19 incredible & kind donors helped me surpass my original goal of $1280!!!

THANK YOU to all of you for this incredible and kind support. Some of you - I haven't spoken to in a few years. Others - I just met you in the last year! I feel so very believed in by all of you <3

Overall, I am beyond humbled and thankful for the support of my community, friends, family & colleagues. I can't wait to send you all your fun rewards! Spoiler alert: Everyone will get a cute video of Lulu, my beloved feline friend.

However, you might notice that I've increased my goal.

I'll speak to this a bit more in a video in the morning, but I am increasing my fundraising goal efforts for two very few important reasons:

(1) I originally set a goal that only included the estimated cost of my flight and accommodations (to be shared with a fellow delegate who is another young racialized woman without funding). However, there are additional costs that I still need help with:

Weekly Metro Pass........................$40 ($32 USD)
Airport Shuttle (return)................$40 ($32 USD)
Cell Phone Roaming.......................$35
Per diem (food).................................$350 ($50 x 7 days x 3 meals/day)

These are unavoidable costs in a city as expensive and vast as New York.
- A weekly metropass to have accessibility across the city.
- An airport shuttle to get from Newark to Manhattan and back.
- A US roaming package for my phone so that I can stay connected with the incredible pool of delegates and send you all updates of the Commission's progress.
- A per diem to help with the cost of food to ensure access to three full and nourishing meals during this intense week.

The women that don't look like me - the older, whiter, richer - have many more resources at their finger tips.

(2) The ability to attend and access this space at the UN is a privilege and reserved for women do not look like me. They are usually older, whiter, and wealthier than myself. Still, I know that my voice needs to be heard in these spaces.

I am currently self-employed. This means that I do not receive vacation pay or sick pay. Many of the "women who do not look like me" and who attend UNCSW do so on either working hours or paid time off - meaning that they can attend without a loss in income.

For me to attend UNCSW comes at the opportunity cost of earning wages. For those of you that know the Toronto rental market, you can appreciate that it's a pretty tough hit on my chequing account to forego an entire week's worth of pay.

My typical work week is 35 hours at $25/hour, so my lost wages for the duration of UNCSW would be $875.

So, all in all, I wanted to highlight the complexities of funding for young racialized women in being able to access and thrive in these critical spaces and activities. To my incredible donors, thank you. To those meeting me for the first time, I can only hope more folks can help me fill that gap in representation and funding of Filipina-Canadians at the international table.

Sending you all love and warmth <3 I will be in touch individually with everyone over the next few days!
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