Recently, HINT celebrated a great success having screened 215 individuals for diabetes and hypertension! Volunteer extraordinaire, Sabrina Repa, coordinated the 2 day event, which included a blood pressure and blood sugar level check, health consultation, and 2 educational seminars. Results of the screenings showed that an incredible 25% of the people demonstrated signs of hypertension. We are thankful for our volunteer nurse, Christi, for providing immediate consult to these people. The health outreach was conducted in Tole, a small village just outside of Buea where many farmers of the Tole Tea Plantation reside. With very limited access to healthcare and health information, we are grateful for Sabrina and for the many donors who allowed us to bring blood pressure machines and blood sugar tester and test strips to the people of Tole!
Helps International (HINT) – www.hintonline.org together with its local and international partners is offering a limited number of competitive grants to support set up of computer labs in Schools in and around Buea, South West Region, Cameroon.
HINT will cover up to 60% of the total set-up cost (including computers, electrical needs and networking) provided the school or institution is able/willing to provide the remaining 40%. The school or educational centre must also be able to provide a secured room, tables and chairs for the lab.
This is for a limited time only, so take action today!
Helps International (HINT), Cameroon
“In order to be fast, go slowly”
Robert arrived Buea on June 16, 2010 (together with Brandon Turner) to be involved with our School PCs Project that is installing computer labs in schools and other educational establishments and providing IT training to teachers and students.
Robert had this to say about himself:
I’m a Physics major pre-med Woman and Gender Studies minor at MIT. I run a server here and I’m employed as a resident computer consultant. I’ve also done computer work for businesses in the Bethlehem, PA and Reno, NV area.
I am also one of the founders of Blackstone Operations, along with Brandon and will be accompanying him in Cameroon.
I have lived in North Carolina, Ohio, Pennslyvania, and Nevada. My family is from Chicago and my brother lives in New York.
Together with Brandon, they raised $9,900. The funds will be used to pay for their trip, their stay in Buea and up to $3,000 will go towards supporting the School PCs Project.
Great Job Robert. We look forward to working with you and getting to know you more. Welcome!
Brandon Turner arrived Buea on June 16, 2010 (together with Robert Arlt Jr.) to be involved with our School PCs Project that is installing computer labs in schools and other educational establishments and providing IT training to teachers and students.
Here’s who Brandon is:
My name is Brandon Turner and I am a Biophysics student at Wake Forest University. I live in California (when not in school) and am particularly interested in teaching and research. I’m going to be in Cameroon from mid June to Mid August. I got involved with this as a member/leader of a group called Blackstone Operations that specializes in connecting kids with different opportunities and encouraging interaction and exposure to new things.
Random fact about me: I love baking and enter a few baking competitions from time to time (never won anything though but it’s all for the fun).
Together with Robert, they raised $9,900. The funds will be used to pay for their trip, their stay in Buea and up to $3,000 will go towards supporting the School PCs Project.
Welcome Brandon and we look forward to working with you and learning from you.
Below are a few ideas to help you raise money for your Volunteer Program.
- • Craft a personal letter that explains what you are doing and why you have chosen to volunteer in a village with Village Volunteers. After you have applied, been accepted, and provided a $100 USD deposit, you will gain access to a fundraising templates that contain our US 501(c)(3) tax ID number and our logo. Donors can deduct their contributions.
- • Make a presentation in your community; clubs, place of worship, schools, family/friends, and workplace.
- • Make sure the letter is limited in length to one page and it describes the village or program you are visiting and what you hope to do while you are there.
- • Explain how this journey will positively affect your life and the people you are helping.
- • Provide stamped return envelopes with each letter. Remember, you want to make the donation process as easy as possible for your sponsor. All they should have to do is write the check.
- • Contact your local publications with a press release. If you provide your contact information and a special interest factor, you might have a feature article written that would bring in more donations!
- • Create a brochure for yourself.
- • Create a website or e-mail distribution list and send out frequent e-mails about your fundraising experiences, dollars raised, and details of your journey while you are gone and after you return.
- • Hold an event, silent auction or even a series of bake sales. Make sure that people know what the money from the bake sale will accomplish. Be sure you put out a donation jar. We can send you photos to print.
- • Contact your school’s Financial Aid or Study Abroad Department. There might be funds available for you to tap into.
- • Apply for a scholarship, grant or fellowship. Below are a few suggested sites.
- • Scholarships, Grants and Fellowships
- • Glimpse Correspondents Program for young writers and photographers who will be abroad for at least 10 weeks: http://glimpse.org/correspondents
- • The Levinson Foundation: www.levinsonfoundation.org/
- • American Association of University Women:www.aauw.org/education/fga/
- • The J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund: www.jwsaxefund.org/
- • Scholarship, Grant, and Fellowship Banks
- • The Foundation Center: http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/
- • Stanford University Library: www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/grants.html
- • Get Recognized:www.actionforchange.org/getrecognized/scholarships.html
- • Advice
- • Fund-Raising.com: www.fund-raising.com/
- • Create a Donation Form. This form will list all of your contact information and several donor amounts your sponsor can choose from. Start off with an initial modest amount ($25) but also request large donation amounts ($100+) and any amounts in between.