To donate to us, go here: https://goto.gg/30570 Donations made on that webpage will go to getting and mailing winter clothes, blankets, and our guide to US life to Darfuri refugees in the US.
As of this writing, seventy donors have given us $3,116, if you count our $36 bonus from matching day and the $25 check being mailed to Global Giving for deposit in our fundraising account. Many Darfuris –especially members– have donated to us, proving once again how ready they are to support others in their community. We also would like to thank the non-Sudanese donors, and the anonymous donors, for their vital support.
And special thanks must go to all of the fifty-one people, members or otherwise, who donated a total of $1,980 to us from November 28 to December 1!
The Board has planned a video to post on our Facebook page, as well as another conference call with members over the weekend. If we can raise the $1,884 we need to make $5,000 by December 31, Global Giving will let us post as many projects as we like with no time limit. If we do not reach the $5,000 total by the end of the year, we will still receive all of the money we accumulated, and we will be allowed to try and raise money for another project, for a limited time, in March.
We are now working on cost estimates for doing work in eastern Chad. Most overseas work will probably require more than $5,000, so it would be better if we had unlimited time to raise money for that kind of goal. That means getting $1,884 by the end of the year! So share this link with anyone you think is able to afford a $10 donation and who would like to help DOHS: https://goto.gg/30570
Since our last post, we have received 42 T-shirts, 30 sweaters, 31 dress shirts, 25 pieces of athletic clothing, 11 pairs of footwear, 50 dresses, 26 pairs of shorts, 25 pairs of jeans, 26 blouses, 33 pairs of men’s slacks and 2 children’s knit hats. Special thanks to Mohammed Adam, our Vice President, and Haroun Hassan, our Assistant Treasurer, for sorting and counting these items.
We are also monitoring resettlement information published by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration to help locate newly arrived Sudanese refugees, and have already reached out to some in a few different states. Our thanks to Haroun Hassan and the rest of the Board for their work on this.
We have distributed $5,060 in clothing, household items and computers to Darfur, Sudanese refugees in Louisville, Chicago and Seattle (check out our “Blankets, Shoes and Winter Clothing” page on our site for details and pictures). We have also provided, free of charge, a translation service and guides for living and paying your bills in the US (click on the links above to those pages for more). Now that we have a proven record of helping Darfuri refugees, we’re ready to ask the general Facebook public for contributions.
Since our Board and membership are made up of people who have been refugees themselves, they are better able to understand what new arrivals want and to offer them comfort and encouragement. Our connections to the Darfuri community are strong, just check out our support on our Facebook page for proof (828 follows and counting). All of us at DOHS are unpaid volunteers.