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You + Emerge Global = Empowered Girls in Sri Lanka

Dearest Emerge Family,

As 2009 comes to a close, all of Emerge Global would like to thank you for your support. Your generosity has given us the opportunity to reach nearly 100 girls this year who have survived abuse, helping them to celebrate their own sense of beauty and self-worth, save for their futures, develop their financial literacy, and begin to generate ideas for their own businesses. If you have not already, we hope you will support our goal of expanding our Program to more girls in 2010 by contributing to Emerge Global this holiday season.

It’s incredible how far we’ve come in the last year. This year alone we’ve worked with 98 girls, sold more than $34,000 of jewelry, packaged our curriculum, launched a life skills speaker series, partnered with the Sri Lankan government to bring our program to 25 new girls, and expanded our team in the United States through our Emerge Agent and Emerge Chapter programs. In 2008, girls made as much as $660 in savings. This year, program participants have generated as much as $1,800, which will support them, and in some cases their children, as they start their adult life outside of the center in which they currently live. Your support made this possible,but there’s still much to do to sustain, improve, and expand our Program.

We have a successful sales model but are in need of more jewelry supplies to use in our new partnership. We have a list of life skills speakers but need funding to pay for this expansion of our programming. We have a basic apartment that serves dually as an office and a living space for our three dedicated volunteers on the ground in Sri Lanka, but we need funding to cover their basic living expenses. And, while the government is eager for us to expand to more of their homes, we don’t have the financial resources to reach them (yet!).

Getting involved is easy. All gifts are tax-deductible and will be counted towards the 2009 tax year if made before January 1, 2010.Gifts of every size make an impact:

  • $25 can provide a girl leaving our program with her own set of toolsandsupplies to continue making jewelry

  • $100 can cover the cost of holding two life skills workshops with Bead Program participants on CPR, infant first aid, and other valuableskills

  • $250 can sponsor a girl for the year,providing the approximate cost ofrunning the program for one participant, as well as a birthday andholiday gift

  • $800 can cover Emerge’s personnel administrative costs mandated by theSri Lankan government for an entire year

You can donate online or by check. Checks should be made payable to “Emerge Global” andmailed to:

Emerge Global 515 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02215

If you are interested in sponsoring a girl, please return our sponsorship packet, which can be downloaded here.

As an integral part of our story, we ask that you take part in buildinga safe, nurturing, and inspirational reality for the girls with whom we work. Every donation makes an impact. For those of you who have already contributed, we cannot thank you enough. Together, the Emerge story will continue to evolve.

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!

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