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We have been busy busy busy and it's been a GREAT few months!  
In this quarter's newsletter:
Our first Board Meeting
#IamSAWA Campaign
Building Update
Who Can YOU Tell About SAWA?
Cara is Heading Back to Kenya!
Have You Seen Our Brand New Website?!
Our very first Board Meeting!
On July 6, our amazing Board Members were all present for our first official meeting!  We spent the evening discussing the state of affairs of SAWA, as well as what we plan to achieve in the future.  We are so grateful to have such a dedicated team on our side!

Our primary objective over the next several months is to make contact with as many people possible who we think might be able to offer us some help.  We are pursuing connections to organizations, foundations, corporations, and even celebrities and professional athletes who might help us spread the word about SAWA!

If YOU know anyone who you think we should speak with, LET US KNOW!  
Board Members:
  • Cara Lawler
  • Mary Lawler
  • Tim Lawler
  • Tom Lisi
  • Vicky Lisi
  • Ellie Morgan
  • Pamela Rainey
  • Raj Reddy


 
#IamSAWA Campaign
We recently launched our #IamSAWA campaign in an effort to acquire more monthly donors!  We have added several people to our list and we are still receiving sign-ups and photos everyday!

If you haven't posted your #IamSAWA selfie, head to http://www.someoneaworldaway.org/i-am-sawa.html to download the image and post your picture to your social media accounts!!


We're extending the campaign a bit longer...please keep sharing your photo, our posts, and spread the word to friends and family to help us get more donors!
Building Update
For the time being, we have "pushed pause" on the building process.  The next stage will involve renting trucks and machinery to start pouring concrete--which will all need to be done from start to finish in order to avoid wasting funds!  

We need roughly
$15,000 for the next step, which will complete the foundation of the building (including a few basement storage rooms).
 
We are looking for ANY and ALL donations...big and small!  If you can assist us in any way at all, please don't be shy!  We have a large donor base, and even the smallest contributions could help us reach this goal so we can start/finish our first major level of our new building!

We've yet to reach our halfway benchmark of what we raised last year...so we are hoping that in the next several months we can SURPASS our number from last year and hit the ground running in 2017 when Cara returns to Kenya for the long haul.

If you were a part of our Stakeholder Campaign last year, we hope you will consider making another contribution this year to help us build our new school and home!
Have you signed up for a monthly donation with us?

What are you waiting for?!

For as little as $10 A MONTH you can be a part of the SAWA family!  
*Click here to sign up*
Who can YOU tell about SAWA today?
We are currently seeking meetings with anyone and everyone who might be able to help us in the next stage: building.  We have barely scratched the surface of the building project…and we have a long road ahead!!  If you have any connections to any “major players” who might be able to help us score the big bucks please let us know!  We are pursuing meetings with everyone from celebrities to professional athletes to corporate executives. 

If you think you know someone who could help…let us know!!!

Think about how YOU can spread the word TODAY!
Cara is Heading Back to KENYA!
...but just for a quick trip!  She will be in Kenya August 12-25 to work on an updated business plan.  She and the orphanage staff will be solidifying building details and budgets for each phase of building, as well as facts and figures to plan for their new school and home!  

Feel free to send notes/letters/pictures to Cara@someoneaworldaway.org for her to print and share with the kids at El Shadai!
Have you seen our BRAND NEW WEBSITE??
Same address, new design.  TONS of new pictures, videos, updates, and information...all live on our website at www.SomeoneAWorldAway.org!

Check it out and share the link with your friends!

Plans for 2016

  • Water at the new plot.  DONE! We connected water to the plot in January.  The kids and staff now have full-time access to water...a luxury they've lived without for years.  
  • Begin building foundation.      DONE!  We have already hired engineers to start the building process. We have obtained official maps and approval, and we are starting the foundation for the plot this month.  We will move forward one floor at a time as funds allow.
  • Install a septic system.  One of our major priorities is to improve the sanitary conditions for the children. Each floor of the new home will have bathrooms and running water. This will improve sanitation AND safety, as the children currently use a community latrine. 

How YOU can help

  • FOLLOW us on Facebook. Visit our page and be sure to click "Like"!
  • INVITE your friends to do the same!
  • SHARE our Page, Posts, and Pictures. Help us increase our audience!
  • SIGN-UP for this e-Newsletter.
  • DONATE whatever you can, whenever you can. Whatever you can afford WILL help us!  
  • CONTACT US if you have an idea for a fundraiser!  
  • SHOP online with AmazonSmile and eBay for Charity and choose SAWA as your charity of choice! Both programs donate a percentage of your purchase directly to us.
  • DESIGNATE SAWA to receive your charitable giving if your company offers the option for an automatic payroll deduction. (We are a 501c3 organization. You will need our EIN: 46-4507361)
In case you missed it...
here's the video from the day we told the kids we bought the new land!  Click the picture above to watch them celebrate this milestone!
SAWA-Someone A World Away
About SAWA
If you're new to our organization, click the image above to learn a bit more about SAWA and the children of the El Shadai Grace Children's Centre.






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