Websites for Wells
The last month has been amazing. Stating from having nothing to give and through Change for Chile and Hot Dogs for Haiti raising over $1000 to send to World Vision has been a totally new and different experience for us.
However, responding to emergencies was not what we originally set out to do.
Our original goal was, as a family, to give enough money over the next year to be able to pay for a well in a village in Africa.
We weren’t planning on doing any fundraising or giving to help with other situations, we were trying to find ways as a family to give money for a specific goal.
Disasters happen though and we cannot teach our children to care for others if we’re not willing to react to emergencies with love and action so that became our initial focus.
Our fundraising ideas for those emergencies have dried up now and we felt it was time that we return our focus to our original plan.
A traditional well for an African village, given through World Vision is $2600. How is our small family, which has nothing left over in the weekly budget, supposed to find $2600 in a year?
That’s the point of NothingToGive.com – we have no idea how we’re going to do it, but we’re sure going to try!
Our first idea is this:
We run a small website hosting business and we’re just moving in to the blog hosting market. In reality, blogs are just websites which you can easily update but to most people, the two seem like quite different beasts. So we just launched a site which talks almost exclusively about hosting blogs, just to save confusion – www.newbloghosting.com.
We don’t have room in our budget to give $2600 to World Vision this year. However, if our income from the website/blog hosting grows, that’s money we’ve not already budgeted for, so out of that we can start to give.
We’ve decided that, for the next three months, we’ll put $15 out of every new $35 hosting package we sell into our Well fund – in other words, for every new hosting package that is bought, we’ll give $15 to charity.
Our goal is to be able to build up a fund of $1500 in three months through this – which means we need to sell 100 new hosting packages.
For us, one hundred new hosting packages in three months seems impossible. We’ve never had business come in even half that fast but that’s where the leap of faith comes. That’s where we step outside of what we know to be possible and pray believing that miracles do happen.
I’m going to keep this site updated with how we are doing with our goal but I fully believe that we will be rejoicing on June 30th because our goal has been reached – or even surpassed.
$1500 here we come!
**** UPDATE – As of May 21st 2010, we have raised $105. Still $1395 to go! ****