Tuesday, January 17, 2012

partnership

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One of the questions I was asked from this post was, "How do you do it financially?"  I thought I would answer this question now because the time has come for us to raise our salary for 2012.  

The simple answer to that question is this: our friends and family.  This past year our friends and family generously donated to Krochet Kids on our behalf and that provided our salary.  We took no salary directly from Krochet Kids.  I wrote this post over a year ago asking for financial support of our family so that we could move to Peru and start KKp.  We were blown away by how many people joined us on this journey.  It was such a gift to be able to focus on settling as a family and starting the KKp program and not worry about how we were going to make it financially.  To see everyone's excitement about supporting us was also a huge confirmation that this was what we were supposed to be doing.  The bottom line is this: without the support of our friends and family we would not be here.  We are so thankful.  So, so thankful.

This year, with our great start in production and sales, we will be personally supported from within our KKp program.  This allows us to reduce our original fundraising amount by one-third.  We are still responsible for raising the remaining two-thirds.  As much as it is easier to simply get our salary from KKp, the more money we can raise independently, the more money is freed up to go back into KKp (our programs, location rent, hiring Peruvian staff, etc).  

Here is an excerpt from a letter Blake wrote talking about this past year and the future of KKp:

So many exciting things have been stirred up in the soil of Krochet Kids Peru. Honestly, in this early stage we are simply tilling and preparing for the greater things to come in the future.  I can’t sit here today and write you about great success stories.  Our success is simply that we have started.  We have started knitting products with 10 ladies, started to enter into some messy poverty-ridden lives/relationships, and we’ve started to learn from them. 

It will be in the coming years that we get to watch these women and their families develop into whole people - socially, spiritually, and emotionally.  Our current offering of economic restoration to these ladies is only our starting point.  We look forward to this coming year as we will add program staff to the team who will work towards building out our holistic restoration.  We also have exciting news that in March we will be inviting 10 new ladies to join our family (making our total 20), with the possibility of more throughout 2012. 

It is truly our family’s pleasure, even amongst the challenges, to oversee the work of Krochet Kids in Peru.  We are passionate about the program and the families involved.  We grow in our love for them each day and look forward to the years ahead with them.  

As of today, we still need to raise almost $9,000 for our personal support.  If after reading this and seeing our work you want to donate to Krochet Kids for our personal support, you can give online here.  In the "note" section please specify, "For the Goodfellows."  If you want to send a check, the KKi mailing address is also on that page.  All donations are tax-deductible.

Also, if you have any questions, want more information about what we do, or want to discuss anything, please email me at goodfellowsinperu {at} gmail {dot} com.  

Thank you for following our journey, thank you for loving our family, and thank you for allowing us to be here.  It is truly our privilege. 

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