M’lup Russey Organization has some very exciting news we’d love to share. We recently applied and were accepted into GlobalGiving’s September Accelerator program for fundraising!
For those of you who might not be familiar with GlobalGiving, it is a nonprofit that supports other nonprofits by connecting them to donors and companies. They help trusted, community-led organizations access tools, training, and support they need to make the world a better place. They do this by helping donors make safe and easy US tax-deductible donations to vetted, locally-driven organizations around the world. Donations are tax-deductible in the US, or UK taxpayers can give in GBP and claim an extra 25% if Gift AId eligible. GlobalGiving offers a donation satisfaction guarantee.
Over the past few months, MRO has identified a few specific requirements for the renewal and updating of items such as computers and vehicles that are now reaching critical points for replacement and the GlobalGiving fundraising opportunity appears to lend itself to these types of needs. In order to graduate from the Accelerator program and thus become a permanent GlobalGiving partner, MRO must raise at least $5,000 from 40 unique donors (or 20 recurring donors) during the crowdfunding campaign. Projects that do not raise this minimum amount will be retired but will be invited back to try again. The Accelerator program starts September 14, at 9 AM EST and ends September 30, at 11:59 PM EST. With a 24-hour Bonus Day on September 23, this is a $20,000 incentive fund will be distributed to participants proportionally based on final fundraising totals during the Bonus Day. There are chances to raise additional funds in various ways throughout the campaign. In the event that MRO raises less than the $50,000 needed for a new car, MRO will still be given the funds raised and that money will be kept in the financial accounting as a vehicle fund. The hope is that enough money will be raised to buy a brand-new vehicle that can be used to serve the needs of our Boundary Partners for the next 20 years.
The project that MRO has decided to fundraise $50,000 for is a brand-new car. Currently, MRO owns three second-hand cars to provide transportation and reintegration services to orphans and vulnerable children in Cambodia, including those cared for in our Emergency Foster Care program and those rescued from abusive situations. The cars (a 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser, a 2001 Toyota Highlander, and a 1999 Kia Visto) carry out on average 178 missions per year to help about 850 vulnerable children. These cars are becoming unsafe to drive, and new ones are needed to continue our life-saving work.
In 2015, MRO’s Transport Logistics Advisor made recommendations on vehicle maintenance, travel logs, and roadworthiness, including a plan to start replacing the vehicles as they age. The majority of the recommendations have been implemented as part of daily practice and procedure, prolonging the service of MRO’s vehicles. However, it is becoming clear that the frequent use of the vehicles on Cambodia’s roads, along with the age of the vehicles, and the fact they were already second hand when MRO bought them, is causing increasing wear and tear as time goes on. Due to their age, it is becoming significantly more costly to repair the vehicles to keep them roadworthy, and the time is fast approaching when these vehicles will become unsafe to drive. In 2019, $3,542.05 was spent on car maintenance and repairs, and in 2020 $4,265.90 has already been spent. With safety already compromised, COVID-19 adds more risk – we don’t want to break down on a mission and unnecessarily expose staff, foster children, and other vulnerable populations to the virus.
Having a brand new car would make completing MRO’s average 178 missions a year to provide essential services to an average of 850 orphans across Cambodia so much safer and more efficient for our staff team and the children we have a duty to care for. Less time and expenses would be needed to repair broken-down cars, freeing the teams up to continue to provide top-notch alternative care and social work services, without the added burden of using funds for a rental car when our older cars are in the shop being repaired.
Buying a new car in 2020 will ensure that we can continue to provide the high-quality services need by the children in our emergency foster care program. MRO has a history of taking very good care of our vehicles and over the next 20 years, a new car would help us undertake over 3,560 missions positively impacting the lives of over 17,000 children in need.
MRO is so thankful for your continued partnership and faithfulness in supporting our work here in Cambodia. We’d really appreciate it if you’d share this email with your family and friends as well as share the GlobalGiving Accelerator link posted below on social media to help spread the word about MRO’s need for a brand new car. We’ll be posting on our website and Facebook page about this, as well as publishing updates on our fundraising throughout the Accelerator time frame.
Again, the URL for the GlobalGiving Accelerator is: https://globalgiving.org/projects/help-khmer-social-workers-care-for-foster-children Fundraising takes place now through September 30, 2020, at 11:59 PM EST.