Fundraising for Razia’s Ray of Hope
by Cara Burmedi
In need of an idea for our Girl Scout Journey project, my Girl Scout Troop decided to have a book drive and send the books to Razia's Ray of Hope. This foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Afghanistan through community-based education. Founded with the belief that education is key to positive, peaceful change for current and future generations, the foundation strives to provide opportunities to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment. I had found out about the foundation through Anita Sheehan, who said she knew people who supported this organization and confirmed that it was trustworthy. For more information, visit their website at http://raziasrayofhope.org/.
The annual Girl Scout event called Thinking Day, where we gather information about countries - often those that are poorer than ours - seemed like the perfect place to hold the book drive. And it was. We received lots of books!
But then we discovered that the foundation didn't need English books. Adding another step to our project, we decided to sell the books and send the proceeds to Razia's Ray of Hope instead. So I inquired about the possibility of setting up a bookstand at an EUU retreat and received the okay to go ahead with this plan.
Armed with the boxes of books we had collected at Thinking Day, my mother and I arrived at the spring retreat in Spa. We set up a table and made the books available for a donation. Our goal was to raise #50.00 over the weekend. On Sunday, I could hardly believe my eyes: we had managed to raise #220.00 and $6.00!
My troop and I can't thank you enough. This was a great success and we owe it all to you.