To all those wonderful supporters who have dropped off donations or taken a tour of the orphanage… we would like to hear from you!
Simply email info(at)vulnerablechildren.ca [replace (at) with @] or post a comment on this post to connect. We’d love to have you guest blog about your experience, and share some photos form your visit!
Wow – our first month as a society has been a whirlwind!
First of all, our sincere thanks to all the fabulous people who donated or sponsored kids… after just one month, we have :
- 21 Faya child sponsorships
- 5 community child; and
- 4 community family sponsorships!
Our goal is $1600 in sustainable on-going, monthly core funding… this means $1600 that we can count on every month from sponsors to support Faya Orphanage as well as the overhead for the community program. We are now at $732 – which is pretty great – from Faya Child sponsorships as well as a little from each of the other sponsorships.
Thanks so much – and please spread the word to get other people involved. We still have $868 in sustainable, core funding to go!
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Thanks so much for helping spread the word through the blogosphere! (If you aren’t sure what an RSS feed is, check this out.)
Over the past week, the board of directors drew up a budget and figured out the sponsorship amounts for each sponsorship category. Since both the orphanage and the House 2 House program share administrative costs, but the orphanage has larger fixed costs and the H2H program is all variable… this was not an easy task!
However, we’re comfortable and confident moving forward. We’re also happy to be telling everyone about the new organization and what is in place.
Please consider sponsoring a child in Faya Orphanage, or a child or family in the Adama community through Faya’s House 2 House program. All the children are deserving of help and could really use your support.
Since there is a funding gap between when Faya Fund Corp. (the previous fundraising organization) closed its website and when we opened our virtual doors, any one-time donations to fill that gap are highly need and super appreciated!
In August 2010, the board of directors for the Vulnerable Children Society met for the first time. (Read board minutes.) We solidified our organization’s purposes and each director’s role and responsibilities.
Since then, we have been filling out the paperwork to become a registered society (non-profit organization) in British Columbia) and are ready to send the package off. We have set up bank accounts and determined procedures for sponsorships, money and communication flows, etc. Most importantly, we have been working with Faya Orphanage to set up a partnership agreement and figure out the intricacies of how we are going to work together.
We hope to accept one-time donations, and previously existing sponsorships in September, In October, we plan on being ready to set up new sponsorships and get more people involved.
Hello Faya Orphanage supporters!
We know you care about the wonderful little kids living at Faya Orphanage and in the surrounding community, and wanted to make sure you know what is being done to assure their well-being and continuing support.
To make a long story VERY short! Faya Orphanage Fund Corp. is now defunct… which explains why the website is not to be seen. The previous Faya Orphanage Fund volunteers did a wonderful job starting the Canadian fundraising vehicle up and funnelling your donations to Faya Orphanage in Ethiopia for the last couple of years, and we really appreciate their hard work and volunteer time. For personal reasons, they are now unable to continue running Faya Orphanage Fund Corp. They have cleaned out the bank accounts and have send all the money to Ethiopia.
But the good news… Our new non-profit organization, Vulnerable Children Society, will be taking over the Faya Orphanage sponsorship and donations from the previous organization. We are brand new! We are still incorporating our non-profit organization, setting up bank and email accounts, figuring out our policies and accountability measures, etc. But I’m confident that we will be up and running in some basic form in the fall. We SHOULD be able to take your donations in September and get them to where they need to go. In the meanwhile, we are doing all the organizational tasks I listed, AND structuring our processes, communications and reporting with Faya Orphanage.
I can’t tell you much more than that now. I hope you will have a little patience with us as we get on our feet… we will be sure to keep you in the loop and give you every opportunity to continue your support for Faya Orphanage in the fall.
What you can do to help…
- DON’T expect any more answers until we have some basics figured out. Please give me a few weeks, if possible. (I am trying to get the new organization up and running and would like to devote as much of my spare time to it as possible.) We are certain that Faya Orphanage just got money to tide them over for a couple of months, so we’re in a rush, but not a panic.
- IF YOU AE A FAYA ORPHANAGE SPONSOR, DO put a comment on this post with your full name, full mailing address, and what you contributed previously (and how often) AND/OR what you would like to contribute in the future. (I won’t publish the comment, don’t worry… we just don’t have email set up yet.) If you sponsor someone specifically, please add that in too. I will catalogue this information and start our donor database.
We’ll do our best to keep you informed as possible. The next email a month from now should have a whole lot more answers and specifics.
Our sincerest thanks for your previous support of Faya Orphanage, and your patience while we set up the Vulnerable Children Society.
The board members of the Vulnerable Children Society.