Former Fort Wayne Wizard, Tom Mott recentlydropped me a line to provide a brief update about his 1 Dream Foundation happenings. He reports tha the 1 Dream Foundation is still going strong, with three students from the class of 2009 being recipients of full scholarships to: Indiana, Montana State & Hill JC. However, the organization is not unlike many other organizations in this current struggling economy. Please take a moment to read through the great things Mott’s organization is doing and their needs. If you can assist, I strongly encourage you to do so.
As the great Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The 1 Dream Foundation (http://www.1dreamfoundation.com/) holds these 13 words as the core to our existence. With education all things are possible. For many children in 3rd world counties, education is their only hope for a secure job and decent future. The 1 Dream Foundation targets these young disadvantaged students and provides them the education that they so desperately desire.
In this tough economic time, non-profits like the 1 Dream Foundation must adapt and creatively seek out the funds required to continue to change lives. Each year our goal is to have 8-10 students from around the world join our program. The 1 Dream Foundation seeks out students ages 16-17 who have the desire to learn, the motivation to succeed and the sparkle in their eyes. These are students from some of the poorest places in the world that just need an opportunity, an opportunity which us Americans so often take for granted.
In our short three year history we have had many success stories. A 16 year old student from the Dominican Republic who had his father murdered when he was three years old and had to live on his own from age 13 to 14… he is now in the United States speaking flawless English and has found the family, school and love that was so hard to come by in his home country.
There’s also the 19 year old from Angola who came to the United States legally blind in one eye and nearly blind in the other. Unbeknown to us prior to his arrival, we found him an eye specialist who generously donated his services and now he has eyes of an eagle. He had been blind for nearly 5 years so he has had to play catch up academically but he is making incredible progress.
Every kid has an amazing story and we hope to touch the lives of many others. Here is where we need your help. We need to raise $10,000 by June 28th to “Keep the Dream Alive” for our new students. Whether you can donate $10 or $1000, every single dollar goes directly to the kids and makes a huge difference.
Please forward this letter to your friends, your family and your co-workers. Payment methods are simple, via our secure website www.1dreamfoundation.com (paypal) or by sending a check to PO Box 3655, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406. Our non-profit tax id # is 26-0320711
Please help us give these kids the opportunity that all kids deserve… a quality education, great host families and an organization that will mentor them every step of the way.
Thank you for your support.
The 1 Dream Foundation
“Changing Lives… One Student at a Time”