Cool Kids, Take Three

Long day. Very long day. I hate being one of those people who can’t say what I’m doing, but for now I can say I’m working on a project that’s making for some very long hours. Ten hour days right now, with the knowledge that it’ll go to twelve to fourteen hour days soon ahead. It’s midnight, and I’m just now sitting down to update the donor list. It is only because I’m so proud of your support that I’m able to sit in front of my computer and type some more. Thank you for being an inspiration.

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Letter from Sanjeev, at Asha for Education

Hi Pam,

Yep, our national team was a little surprised and got in touch with us before reopening for donations. They are aware of the fundraiser now and there should be no issues. The response has of course been absolutely amazing!

I think we should aim for all 2400 kids and then stop there. No doubt it may be possible to raise more funds, but since we are raising funds for a specific district we should only address the requirements that our volunteers in the grassroots have brought forward and will be able to implement.

Pam, matching donations is certainly possible. For some companies the e-reciepts that people received is enough for them to file for a matching. For others, there is a form that they need to fill and get it signed by the treasurer. In that case they should send it to Asha Portland’s address.


First goal: $3500 — met in two days.
Let’s have a second goal — $7000.
The final goal, sponsoring every single kid who needs school supplies in Kancheepuram, is $11064.

We’ve already sent close to one thousand kids back to school with all of their needs met. Like book drives in the past, readers like you have taken collections at your offices, your dorms, your communities, and spread the word.

The donations are still coming in! The very next donor will be number one hundred!

Thank you so much.

book drive update

With just 61 donations, we’ve already raised $2831. In one day. I think we just might hit that $3500 goal.

That’s 614 kids going back to school with books, notebooks, pencils, a uniform and a backpack. Thank you so much!’s Annual Book Drive

It’s Back.

Please help again this year. And if you’ve never helped before, now’s a great time to start.

I am passionate about every book drive we’ve done, and this one is no exception. Once again you’ll be helping children, families, communities and education systems deliver information, entertainment, knowledge and hope.

This year’s area in crisis is Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India.

(Questions or comments? Please use the forum topic on this fundraiser instead of the comments section on this post. Thanks!)