Recently, a gang of armed thieves broke into our computer classroom in the middle of the night and proceeded to steal nearly twenty computers and three generators (which are used to provide our electrical power). While the financial loss is large, the greatest loss is not being able to continue computer literacy training for 100 deserving young mothers each year. But we don't want to let that happen. After all, we see this as an opportunity to rebuild our young mothers computer literacy project, and supply them with even more adequate and capable machines.
But we need your help!
We are seeking funding to purchase replacement computers and generators for our young mothers project. To minimize costs and help us reach our goal faster, we will purchase locally available machines. Our goal is to purchase twenty computers costing an estimated $200 each and at least two generators costing $500 each. In total, we are aiming to fundraise $5,000 by the end of 2015.
If you would like to help, please donate to Michael Leen's Ministry Account with Maryknoll Lay Missioners by using this secure online form. Not only is your gift tax-deductible (if you are an American citizen), but also you will enable EBLI to continue its computer literacy project for vulnerable, young mothers here in Tanzania.
Some have already offered to ship computers to us in Tanzania, but due to the cost and unreliability (damage, theft) of shipping, we suggest that a donation to Michael Leen's Ministry Account is the safest and easiest way to ensure our computer classroom is up and running as soon as possible.
Know that EBLI is already taking action to bolster security of its premises to protect future equipment (including a double entryway of iron bar doors), and that no one at EBLI was harmed during the robbery.
Thank you in advance for your support. Everything we do in Tanzania is made possible by the generosity of others, and for it we could not be more grateful. You make the difference!