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I am fundraising for my Fordham University Global Outreach project in Lithuania! Any contribution is much appreciated.

I am fund-raising for my Fordham University Global Outreach project in Lithuania! Any contribution is much appreciated.

This upcoming May, I will be part of a team spending two weeks in Kurnesai, Lithuania working for the Auksuciai Foundation.

Auksuciai is a non-profit group focused on research and development of sustainable farming practices. Our goal is to contribute to their mission of helping small scale farmers become more efficient, self-sufficient, and competitive in a free-market economy. The ultimate goal is sustainable agriculture, which not only helps the environment globally, but also has a positive impact on the Lithuanian economy. The team will aid by conducting and applying Auksuciai's agricultural research, helping with workshops for local farmers, and working on the 389 acre foundation farm.

Fordham's Global Outreach (GO!) office has been working feverishly to finalize the details of the project. GO! is a program that encourages students to focus on four pillars: community, spirituality, simple living, and social justice. Through this experience, my team and I hope to gain a deeper understanding of these concepts and the way they shape the people around us.

Ultimately, I hope to provide assistance in a sector vital to Lithuania's well-being. Lithuania was one of the world's hardest-hit economies by the global recession. Annual income per household dropped by 17% from 2008 to 2010, while inflation has increased to the double digits. In a study by economist Jacinto Fabiosa, it was shown that as the total wealth of a country decreases, more of its GDP is dedicated to agriculture. By helping to improve the efficiency of Lithuania's agricultural system, the country can become more competitive in the global market, and improve the national standard of living.

The costs of the project are steep; I am looking to fund-raise $1,500. However high the costs, the benefits of this experience will be priceless to me. Any contribution, whether you choose to sponsor me for one day ($135.70), or for one hour ($5.65), would be a great help. Thank you.

Thomas Alia

(If you would rather mail a tax-deductible check, please send it to this address and put my name in the memo section)

441 E. Fordham Rd.
Fordham University
Global Outreach
Bronx, NY 10458
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