$26 x 100 Friends…
Now that we’ve committed to hosting Vladik everything has to get organized with the paperwork and fees.
World Children Hosting does the home safety visit online via Skype for like $40, which is a donation that goes directly to helping several critically ill kids the organization supports at the orphanage they work with.
That’s pretty awesome! The other hosting groups I’ve worked with require you to find and hire a social worker, pay $200-$300, and have the social worker write a report up after they investigate your house.
WCH announced the estimated dates for summer hosting–end of May to beginning of July.
That’s going to get her fast!!
That’s great, but also scary because that means I’ll need to get on the ball with the fundraising. :(
The initial deposit is $500, which I’ve got most of gathered up. I’m like $50 short, but I can probably skim that off of my grocery budget.
So that leaves $2,600 to go.
That sounds like a lot of money, but it occurred to me that if 100 friends donated $26 then it would be fully funded.
I feel like I’m stuck this time around–I don’t have any wedding photography scheduled to make up a chunk of the money.
It’s nasty winter outside right now, so I can’t do photo sessions, and I still haven’t rebuilt my business up here in Columbus yet due to lack of time. :(
Selling things never works, only a couple people ever buy anything.
YouTube for fundraising is still on the horizon…
Our tax return has to go towards paying off debt, because adulting sucks sometimes and moving stressfully three times in three years really screws up your life, just FYI. Thank God Tyler has this great job now. Once we get all of our debt paid off in the next five years (I hope) then we will be totally in a good place. I can’t wait to be able to actually contribute to other people’s adoptions and hosting fundraisers. In the meantime everything that doesn’t go to pay for groceries or bills goes straight to debt. So, so, SO ready to be debt free over here ya’ll!
WCH is going to give me a schedule of payments soon, along with Vladik’s development plan for when he’s here. I can’t wait to see the development plan for this little guy! I think it’s so cool that they do this with a team of professionals and track his progress. I’m really excited to be a part of that.
Anyway, check this out…I made a grid showing how many $26 donations we need to get!
The first three are marked off already–one from the YouCaring account I made, and two others from friends.
Anyone want to help get Vladik here by marking off the other 96 boxes with me? ;)
I’m going to create a Facebook event for it too.
I still have the YouCaring page up, but I decided it would be ultimately easier to just collect donations straight to Paypal as gifts to avoid the fees. If anyone wants to knock off a number by sending $26 you can send it to email@example.com and I will blur out the next number on the grid!
By the way, if anyone is interested in hosting their own child WCH has quite a few amazing kids available to choose from…!
Look at this sweet little girl. I think she looks like Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen from the Full House days.
And look at this little one, oh my goodness. If we hadn’t already committed to Vladik I would be seriously tempted to scoop her up. WCH is arranging and paying for medical care while she is here this summer, she just needs a family!
And here she is singing–she is seriously the cutest thing ever. I think they said she’s 8 years old, same as Vladik. Tiny like him too.
This program is so amazing you guys. I can’t get over it. I’m so glad I discovered it.
Anyway, I am seriously losing sleep over the Vladik fundraising.
I’m trusting it will work out somehow. I hope. I really, really want to meet this little guy. I’m still pretty sad that Igor couldn’t be a happy ending, and I’m sad that Max didn’t work out this past winter.
But Vladik? His bio mom has basically abandoned him, she hasn’t come to see him in ages. The paperwork to terminate her rights has been started by the wonderful, caring orphanage director. Vladik doesn’t like his mother after she neglected him while she was constantly drunk. He was taken away from her in 2012. (Unlike Igor who idolizes his terrible and abusive bio mom…which makes things complicated.)
During hosting this past winter Vladik was able to see that all mamas aren’t mean or neglectful. His host mom told me that it took a lot of patience to get him to open up and accept love from her. It’s so wonderful for his soul to experience love from women instead of growing up with so much distrust in his heart.
Vladik is a little boy who genuinely needs a family, and with mild FAS he really benefits from extra help with his development which is why they chose him for the hosting program. So much potential for good things to happen here!
Here’s a very recent picture of my cute little guy!