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This fundraiser ended on 03/15/11

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Kerala & Gujarat (India) are two strategic locations where the children can be impacted in a big way with the construction of high-end durable playgrounds that will serve their communities. Install team needs sponsorship & will bring play equipment.

THIS PROJECT IS TIME SENSITIVE.   MAKE ONLINE DONATIONS AT www.GiveForward.org/2PlaygroundZ/  OR SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

TOTAL AMOUNT NEEDED IS $2,000 - $5,000.  ALL FUNDS MUST BE RAISED ON OR BEFORE THE TARGETED BUILDING DATES OF  AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 10. 

A unique "test" school in Kerala, India that serves the educational needs of developmentally disabled children and adults is in need of a disabled access playground.   Once this school has been established, the school's model may be used in other areas where the needs of the developmentally disabled are not being met.   It is hard to imagine the joy these special individuals will have to be able to safely play together on equipment that is designed for them.   This playground gift cannot be underestimated! 

Second to this project need is a small village area of Gujarat, India (near where Gandhi was born) that was destroyed by the 2002 earthquake and did not receive much rebuilding relief.  It now has a school that was privately built several years ago that began educating just a few hundred students.  That school has been added to and currently educates 500+ mostly Hindu children; yet these many children have few outdoor activities due to a lack of both a playground and physical education equipment.   As one drives through cities in America and passes many parks and schools with playgrounds, one can hardly imagine having only one playground to serve the needs of an entire region.   But that is just what this large playground will do.

An agreement has been reached with several Gujarat village leaders that this playground and any donated equipment, though kept and maintained on private property, will be shared with the hundreds of other children in outlying areas, too.  There are several villages in the area who have already eagerly signed up for times when they can transport local children to this playground to play together safely once it is built.  This Gujarat playground will be an amazing symbol of unity and peace among many different villages who care deeply for the needs of the children in their communities.  

This project is a partnership between many private and religious groups.  The project itself was initiated, orchestrated, and is coordinated by leaders and volunteers at W.A.C.C..  These leaders saw a great need and wanted to make a difference in the world where we all live.  They see this as an act of faith in Jesus Christ to help others and believe that in addition to helping our neighbors locally with their needs, the word "neighbor" also applies to people in other parts of the world who need help.  Some of the organizations who are involved in this project are: Kids Around the World, Creative Children's Ministries, Sathyam International, and many local religious fellowships of all denominations who have donated funds and educational materials.   The team is comprised of members from all of these organizations and a few more. 

Through previous fundraising efforts, both playgrounds have already been fully paid - more than $200,000 in equipment for a greatly reduced price of $70,000.  BUT THE PROJECT ITSELF IS STILL NOT FULLY FUNDED TO COMPLETION.  

The building/presentation team required to meet the container of playground equipment and install it onto the two chosen locations must still receive final sponsorship for in-country costs.   Anything above and beyond those costs will go directly for additional equipment that will be gifted such as soccer balls, jump ropes, etc..   The total team will be approximately 15 persons, each of whom is responsible for his or her part of their journey.  This fundraiser will be helping the final costs needed for the leadership team leaving directly from W.A.C.C.. 

To donate here, realize that approximately 6% of your donated amount will go toward the fees charged by giveforward.org.  However, if you want the full amount of your donation to go to this project, please make your tax-deductible check out to "WACC" and write "India" in the memo area.  Mail the checks to: WACC (c/o A-Squared, India), 8175 Villaverde Dr., Whittier, CA 90605. 

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