2017's #GivingTuesday is just one week away! All donations made on November 28th will benefit Project La Merced in Peru. If you haven't already met these important staff members on site, we're highlighting them through video testimonials. Get acquainted and don't forget to donate one week from today, on Facebook or https://volunteer.fimrc.org/campaign/giving-tuesday-2017.
We are grateful for the ability to give children access to medical care they otherwise would not receive. This month our focus is geared toward La Merced, Peru; a community that would greatly benefit from gaining tools to address a prevalent pediatric concern: anemia.
Interested in fundraising for your volunteer trip with FIMRC Give but need fresh ideas? We are excited to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit of one of our Summer International Health Fellows, Ariana Small. Ariana's background in public health and drive to help improve the lives of others prompted her to explore the Summer International Health Fellowship at our site in Huancayo, Peru this July. She knew that paying for this experience would not be easy, but she was determined to spend the month of July shadowing in hospitals, leading health education campaigns, and helping those in the developing world. She decided that she would pick up a few babysitting jobs and try to fundraise for half of her trip.
Ariana realized the power of a small incentive to prompt donations. She decided to create her FIMRC Give page, a donation platform for FIMRC Volunteers to share with their friends and family, and to sell t-shirts through her page. For every $20 donation, Ariana would send the donor a beautifully designed "FIMRC: Heal Peru" t-shirt. After the first few donations, word quickly spread and students at Muhlenberg College, where Ariana is the FIMRC Chapter Founder and President, would go up to her on campus and ask if they could donate! With the success of Ariana's t-shirts, she decided to sell hand-painted mugs for $12 on her FIMRC Give page. In addition to selling t-shirts and mugs, she also hosted an art day with a suggested donation per hour, attendees would have access to different crafts, painting, and a drum circle - the event was a huge success!
In less than two months, Ariana was able to raise more than her program fee of $3282 and will be using the extra donations to go towards her chapter's Adopt-a-Project for Project Huancayo!
For more information about the Summer International Health Fellowship Program, click here.