Extend the Day – Provide solar lights to the Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh

Fundraising campaign by Jo Lonseth
  • US$1,940.00
    raised of $25,000.00 goal
7% Funded
15 Donors

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Extend the Day provides small inexpensive solar powered reading lights to children who live without electricity, so that they can study and succeed. You can check us out at extendtheday.org.

We just returned from a visit to the new Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh. The desperation in the camps is heartbreaking. Over 600,000, mostly women and children, are flooding to these camps to flee the terrible genocide happening by the Myanmar military to the Rohingya people. The escape requires miles of walking through jungle, and to finally cross the border, a swim across the Naf River.

The numbers are unfathomable, 0ver 60,000 orphans, over 90,000 pregnant women, and hundred of thousands of people flooding into the country in the matter of the last few months.

The violence and terrible acts happening to these people in Myanmar is sickening. The stories told are hard to even comprehend. A story told us by a 20 year old lady shares of when the military attacked her village, killing most of the men upon entering. They made her, and all the other ladies, kneel down in a line, tearing away her child and killing him in front of her, they then proceeded to gang rape her. It was very lucky that she was able to escape, as most of the other women in that village weren't able to.

They then walked miles to the river border through jungle and with the danger and very real fear of running into more military. Then the rapid current river crossing to Bangladesh is just the beginning of the struggles of their new life. Upon arriving in Bangladesh, with nothing but the clothes they might have had on when they fled, they start life over. With no ability to work, provide, or be a citizen to the new host country, the struggle is desperate.

It gets pitch black at 6 pm on the camps and even basic living becomes difficult. Something as simple as light, in these roughly built tarp shacks that they now call home, is one of the easiest problems to solve! We have a partner organization already set up and working in the camps, we can produce as many lights as needed, and we have direct and first hand experience of the deep need there. All we need now is the funding for this special one time endeavor.

Our special solar powered handheld lights cost $5 to make and there is no extra cost, as our administration costs are already covered, so all donations go directly to providing the lights!

Please help Extend the Day provide a light in this dark and desperate situation.

Thank you in advance!

Rewards

Rewarded with a Thank you package including an Extend the Day solar light, and 3 professional 5x7 photos of the people directly benefiting from your donation.

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Individual reward - a Thank you package including an Extend the Day solar light, and 3 professional 5x7 photos of the people directly benefiting from your donation. A VIP invite to our annual event, and a personal thank you in our quarterly newsletter. As well as being added to our sponsor list on our home page website. For corporate sponsors - Gold level sponsorship marketing benefits - • Speaking appearance at yearly Extend The Day fundraising event • Company banner on stage at all Extend The Day fundraising events • Appearance on the Extend The Day website • Company logo appearance and mention on monthly newsletter • Company logo on Extend The Day brochure • Use of Extend the Day logo on company website.

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Organizer

  • Jo Lonseth
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  • Campaign Owner

Donors

  • Guest
  • Donated on Dec 22, 2017
$100.00
  • Ben & Anna Byrd
  • Donated on Dec 05, 2017
  • Thanks for your efforts, Jo and team. Glad to help bring a little light to such a desperate situation.

$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Nov 29, 2017
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Donors & Comments

15 donors
  • Guest
  • Donated on Dec 22, 2017
$100.00
  • Ben & Anna Byrd
  • Donated on Dec 05, 2017
  • Thanks for your efforts, Jo and team. Glad to help bring a little light to such a desperate situation.

$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Nov 29, 2017
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  • Robin Williams
  • Donated on Nov 29, 2017
  • Close your eyes for 5 minutes and then tell me how many solar flashlights you would buy if your children experienced this darkness every night of everyday!

$100.00
  • Sol Haroon
  • Donated on Nov 29, 2017
$25.00
  • Aurelia Sanders
  • Donated on Nov 29, 2017
$10.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on Nov 29, 2017
$5.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Nov 29, 2017
$500.00
  • Brian and Sue Lee
  • Donated on Nov 29, 2017
  • Love your commitment sis!

$75.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Nov 28, 2017
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Ben & Anna Byrd
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US$1,940.00
raised of $25,000.00 goal
7% Funded
15 Donors

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities