John Berger said, “The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing.“
Image: “love Don’t live here anymore…” ©2009 Robb North–made available:Attribution 2.0 Generic
We just finished week 3 of the biggest crowdfund for education ever on Indiegogo.
We’re looking for 197,541 more people to donate $1 so we can reach our goal to help hundreds of children without access to books and education and expand our efforts, including the final production of the documentary we’ve been working on for over a year and a half.
& This week Jaymes created a Tumblr page for Goodspero, (goodspero.tumblr.com). It includes things like:
Stories of Syrian children living in refugee camps wanting to go to school. – Gino’s Blog
Thank You Jaymes!
We also received a letter from the White House in response to a letter we sent asking for assistance with our efforts. With the shared belief that “Progress in even the poorest countries can advance not only the security, but also the prosperity of people far beyond their borders, including those in the United States“, we hope, Mr.President that you will find it in your heart to share our campaign with all your friends and enemies stalking you online. 😉
Earlier in the week with Femfessionals, a professional women’s organization, we hosted a Virtual Luncheon on the topic of crowdfunding where we showed you stats and graphs from our live campaign. If you missed it, stay tuned for the national webinar coming soon. Many thanks to our Houston chapter President, Viviana, & Violette, Femfessionals’ CEO who joined us from Miami.
On Saturday, we took a trip to Brookline Elementary and filmed Captain Comprehension’s class, where Ted Wills, an ESL teacher transformed his classroom into a pirate’s deck where kids were singing songs while they learned to speak clearly and enunciate their words. Brookline is an HISD Title I school. Meaning Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 serving to improve the academic achievement of the disadvantaged. Ted is also the President of the North American Educational Initiatives Foundation, he found us on LinkedIn in April and has since been teaching us all about his experiences in the classroom. These are the kind of initiatives that we’re committed to supporting in the many years to come.
*Many thanks to D’monte Photography for helping us capture these moments at Brookline.**
And finally…the List of Awesomeness!
Our sincere thanks from the depths of our hearts for all your continued support and any support you can provide in these last few days of our campaign. Our team has been amazing and so has our community and all the friends you’ve encouraged to join in on this effort.
To close, and in light of receiving our first Executive Producer sponsorship perk fulfilled to help finalize our documentary film, we’re including a sneak peak at the end of this week’s video update of what we have in store for you as we prepare to release our film next year. Thank you, Katia Hadjiyska. Your amazing work and dedication to others is always humbling. It was a pleasure growing together alongside you at the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship and it’s still a pleasure as we go on serving others through the extended gift of education.