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Donor of the Month: Joe Quad

Our October Donor of the Month is Joe Quad, from Integral Group. After planning a trip to Kenya, Joe was inspired to use his visit as an opportunity to give back. An engineer himself, he chose to fundraise for Purity, an aspiring engineer in Kenya. Joe was overwhelmed by the support from his colleagues, friends and family and exceeded his goal of $3500. He also had the opportunity to meet Purity in person, a meaningful and moving experience for both.   What inspired you to sponsor Purity?  I had two main motivations for getting behind this cause. The first was that I personally know that even in a country like Canada there are challenges, mainly social, that discourage girls from studying engineering. I can’t even imagine how much harder it must be in a developing country.  To know that Purity had overcome all but the financial barrier, made me want to help. My other motivation came from an environmental point of view. Educating girls in the developing world is seen as a key factor of limiting climate change.     How did you go about fundraising? It was way easier than I expected.  Most of the work was done for me through the Fundrazr page.  All I had to do was add a personal message.  I then reached out to my coworkers about why we should get involved and encouraged them to donate.  I reached out through email and social media and hosted a BBQ at the office.     What was it like to meet Purity in person? I had not expected to be so personally moved by the experience of meeting her in person.  It made the whole thing so much more real.  I got to learn more about her story, but it was her motivation and eagerness to learn, which was clear from all the questions she asked me, that told me I had picked the right person.  I left inspired to share the message and do more good in the world.     What surprised you most about this experience? Before I started I really thought fundraising would be more difficult.  I had no idea that I would receive so much support.  After raising hundreds of dollars within just a few hours, I realized how much people cared and wanted to help.  It was a great experience to share with my coworkers.

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What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a high school student

$50Help fund tuition for a high school girl

$250Fund six months of high school for a girl

$500Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board

$21Fund six months of high school for a girl

$42Fully sponsor a girl for one year, including tuition and board

$84Fully sponsor two girls for one year, including tuition and board

What can my donation provide For a Sponsor a university student

$300Co-sponsor a university student

$500Buy a laptop for a first year university student

$1000Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year

$3500Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop

$25Co-sponsor a university student

$42Buy a laptop for a first year university student

$84Cover tuition expenses for a university student for one year

$292Fully sponsor a girl for one year of university, including tuition, living expenses and laptop

What can my donation provide For a Build A School

$50Buy 35 cinderblocks to help build a wall in one room.

$100Buy 4 bags of cement to help the building of the dormitory.

$250Buy a door and framing for the dorm.

$10Your monthly donation buys 44 cinderblocks to help build a wall.

$17Your monthly donation provides a window.

$25Your monthly donation buys a furniture for the new dorm.

What can my donation provide For a Unrestricted Donation

$50Your donation can help to give one desk and bench for two students.

$100Provide school spirit with two sets of sports uniforms for 25 girls so they can stay active while at school.

$250Further the voices of tomorrow with one desktop computer for journalism club.

$10Outfit a girls sports team with two sets of uniforms.

$50Promote performance and fine arts education for girls by supporting with musical instruments for music and dance groups.

$66Can help provide a water tank adequate for drinking water for a whole school.

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