June 30 is a big day for us. It’s the day we close the books on the previous fiscal year and put the finishing touches on our financial commitments to restoration partners for the year ahead. It’s an exciting day at the Shared Hope offices.
And we start months in advance. Our program staff accepts partner applications, we thoroughly review and evaluate every shelter and service provider we partner with to ensure that our financial investment and technical assistance, combined with their experience and resources, ultimately make a lasting impact on those victimized and vulnerable to trafficking around the world. Every year, a few faithful supporters offer generous donations to help with this heavy financial outlay in June, they just ask that we meet or exceed their gift through our own fundraising efforts.
This year, as we geared up for our May Matching Challenge campaign, our longtime partner in Nepal was struck by two earthquakes. We helped build Asha Nepal 13 years ago and have been their primary source of support ever since. We immediately called in engineers to assess the damage and prepare a plan to rebuild and we offered immediate aid to supply the residents with emergency food and shelter.
A longtime supporter who visited Nepal to witness our programs and hosted our Nepalese guests during their month-long visit to the U.S. in 2014 immediately gave $100,000, asking that we raise a matching amount.
Honored by these great outpours of financial support, and facing one of the largest matching challenge campaigns in our history, we hit the ground running. For the first time ever, volunteers called our supporters asking for help. We extended the match by 10 days. We sent an extra letter explaining the new circumstances. We worked tirelessly to ensure we could keep the lights on at our partner homes.
We did it!
We ended the year in the black. Because of you we were able to confidently commit our financial support to 14 partner organizations in four countries.
Because of you…
Together, we will offer freedom from slavery and a loving family to women and children in Jamaica, Nepal, India and the U.S. Thank you for making another year of freedom possible.