Greetings, everyone! I just wanted to deliver a quick (and very casual) newsletter to update everyone on what’s going on with us. You have enough to wade through in your inbox, and you want to get outside and enjoy the sun, so this will be brief.
Right off the bat, I want to let everyone know that our board met in August and we agreed: Every dollar received in donations will go towards our programs in 2019. No administrative expenses will be repaid this year. We hold your faith in our work as sacred, and our top priority is in getting good homes for the homeless children and the homeless elders who are depending on us. Thank you for believing in us.
Now, on to some lighter topics!
I’m very happy to announce that The Global Humanity Initiative has reached Bronze Star status with GuideStar USA. This is an online information service that focuses on tracking and reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies. In 2016, its database provided information on 2.5 million organizations. Only 2% of those 2.5 million organizations reach Bronze Star status. Now, we’re one of them.
Remember all those children’s toothbrushes and toothpastes that were donated by Jamestown Dental Clinic? They were all happily received by the Free Clinic in Kathmandu. (Here’s the obligatory stiff photo acknowledging receipt.) The physicians and nurses are using our gifts to teach children proper dental care, and also how to care for the toothbrush itself and not use it once then throw it away. Children’s toothbrushes are rare to find in Nepal, and expensive when they can be found. Your help with this project will improve the dental health – and, since we know heart health is related to dental health – will improve their overall health as a whole. So, thank you!
On this same note, Dr Kulesh has left the Free Clinic in Kathmandu. Alicia is looking forward to catching up with him during her trip in October, as he is interested in continuing to work with us. This change expands our network in Kathmandu and gives us – and you – the potential to improve more lives.
Our new web site came in very far under budget, thanks to our amazing web site designer, Catena Creations out of Omaha, Nebraska. Keep checking back – the blog is up and running, when I can get around to it – and beginning in October, I’ll be posting video interviews of the homeless elders that I work with and encounter. These videos will also be posted at our Instagram (@global_humanity_initiative) and Facebook (@glhumanity) pages, for those of you who are connected to social media. Keep checking to see the stories of people you are helping!
Lastly, we are in the process of creating our Volunteer Program, which will launch in 2020. All volunteers will receive transparent accounting of where their program fees are going (i.e., room and board, in-country travel, etc.) instead of being asked to simply pay one large lump of money as other volunteer organizations do. Also, we will take only one or two volunteers per trip. Too many volunteers get – for lack of a better word – dumped in a foreign country with no support and no recourse. Not us, though. We’ll have more on this in our next newsletter.
We continue to be committed to giving impoverished girls a good education, and giving impoverished children and elders a better life. No one should start their lives with no hope for a good future, and no one should end their lives in the streets.
Thank you for your continued support and belief in our mission! We love you all!
With warmest regards,