…Attention Sponsors! You should have received an email in the past 24 hours with instructions on how to schedule a video conference with your student. If you have not received this email, please let us know as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be offering this unique opportunity as a token of our gratitude through March 31st. If you are not able to schedule a time, don’t worry. I’m hard at work compiling all sorts of media to upload for you when I get home.
None of this would be possible without you. Thank you so much for your generosity and love.
…Over the past three weeks, we’ve registered and vetted more than 150 children and their families, visited and evaluated 13 local schools, conducted a half dozen women empowerment seminars, organized and enabled an upcoming surgery for Prianka, prepared our students for their first final exams, and tried to win a $5,000 voting competition at http://www.volunteerhq.org/john-schupbach.html (which we are unfortunately currently losing by about 400 votes…please help!).
Here are some of my favorite photographs from the past few days:
–Instructions are written in Hindi with chalk on a wooden door in the slum. We rely on scattered literate parents to convey these messages by word of mouth. We can reach about 60% of the slum’s residents in 24 hours this way.
–Prianka had a large abscess drained from her face this week. She is being treated with antibiotics. She will go home while her treatment continues and return to Delhi in 4 weeks for another surgery to remove residual tumor shown on a recent CT scan. Thanks Mom and Dad for funding Prianka’s care!
We’re working hard here…very hard. Please don’t forget to vote at http://www.volunteerhq.org/john-schupbach.html and have your friends and family vote too. If each person reading this blog voted, we would win!
More good news: If your fingers are tired like mine from typing johnschupbach.wordpress.com, worry no more. This blog can now be accessed by simply visiting http://johnschupbach.org!
…I make it a point to rarely ask for donations, to avoid spamming you with requests, and to never exaggerate our level of need. However, a truly unique opportunity is upon us. Our work over the past year here in India has resulted in my nomination and selection as a finalist for the IVHQ Volunteer of the Year Award.
Although I am very honored to be considered for the award, I am most interested in the $5,000 Squalor to Scholar will receive if I win. This $5,000 will put as many as 20 new students through school for their entire first year. Sponsors will then fund their continued education through college and into their professional careers thereafter.
Please take 10 seconds to visit http://www.volunteerhq.org/john-schupbach.html and vote for me. Even if we get 5,000 votes, your 10 seconds will be worth a dollar! That’s an entire day worth of work to many of the people here!
Don’t do it for me, do it for Indu…
You can vote once every 7 days until 7am New York time on March 15. Please vote as many times as possible and share the link with your friends, family, and colleagues. The competition is already proving tough. However, if our students can climb from the slums to the top of their elite classes in a year, we can win an online voting competition. Put your thinking caps on and let the games begin!
On behalf of the 20 children who might just get the chance to go to school because of your votes, THANK YOU. Here’s the link again: http://www.volunteerhq.org/volunteer-of-the-year.html