One of the features of recent weeks has been the remarkable success of the fund to allow Nicky Hager to legally challenge the police raid on his house and the seizure of equipment and documents. That is currently sitting at a very impressive $56,656.84 from 1168 donations with an average value of average of less than $50. There have been some large donations pushing the average value up, but the bulk has been in $20-$30.
This has inspired my partner Lyn Collie* in how to raise funds for her trip to India to help train local charity workers in Kalimpong, West Bengal.
In November I’ll be travelling to Kalimpong, West Bengal, India where I’ll teach representatives from around 15 local charities how to create web videos and social media to engage their communities, raise more money and increase their impact on poverty. I’ll also be doing a number of school visits.
You might know that I spent time in Kalimpong in 2012, directing a promo for a couple of charities, the Glenn Family Foundation India and p3 Foundation. The work I saw being done was for-real, ground-up, poverty-busting action that truly empowered local people. It inspired me so much that I volunteered as Communications Manager for p3 in 2013, but I wanted to do more. This year I’m keeping a promise I made in 2012 to go back to Kalimpong and share what I know.
Because I’m a filmmaker with a few awards under my belt and have experience with communications and outreach I’ve been invited to run two workshops in a two-day seminar. One will be on video production – everything from shooting to editing to uploading to the internet. The other will be on social media – how to use electronic communications to reach the people you need to communicate with.
It works. Her target is $2600 to do the side trip. At present she has managed to get $1875 from 34 donations including mine. I also rather (foolishly) promised her that I’d help promote her donation page if she got over $1500…
So if you want me sleeping in a cold bed while Lyn goes off and transfers skills up a mountain (Kalimpong is just under the Himalayas), then don’t hesitate to help out with whatever funds you have spare. That statement is specifically at those who have found me objectionable in the past as I banned them :twisted:. Otherwise those of you who find this a good purpose, have a think about donating a bit.
Any money raised over my basic expenses will be used to purchase resources for rural schools in Kalimpong, the Bal Suraksha Abhiyan Rehabilitation Centre for children rescued from child labour or The Glenn Family Foundation India.
Because the campaign is going so well, I’m also starting to think about sourcing a nice easy-to-use camera, mic and tripod to leave over there for the charities to borrow for their projects. Sound is a particular issue. While some people have quite good cameras in the form of older handycams and cell phones, they don’t have any easy way to record decent sound so something which allows them to do this is important.
If anyone is reading this and has a handycam, bluetooth mic, light tripod or similar which they’d like to donate, contact me and I’ll let you know if it could be useful.
Leaving aside my usual grumpiness about living on my own for a while, I find that this is a rather interesting use for online fund raising. It allows for the direct transfer of skills from an individual to a group of people in an area who could use them. It bears thinking on for future endeavors.
* Yeah, I know. We are both called Lyn(n). WE don’t find it confusing… We really have no idea why others seem to find it confusing. She is her, I am me, and the phone is always for her.