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Linking Lives for OPDE

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Linking Lives

THE STORY:

We are 46 students from Virginia Tech, University of Maryland and University of Florida with a shared passion for creating social change.  We are embarking on a semester long endeavor across two continents to apply the concepts of social change and sustainability through international service learning projects in Ethiopia and Rwanda.  The culmination of our study abroad experience will take place in Africa, where we will partner with various non-profit organizations in both urban and rural areas. In Rwanda, students will be working with the non-profit organization OPDE. 

OPDE stands for: Oeuvre Humanitaire pour la Protection et Développement de l’enfant en Difficulté (Humanitarian work for the protection and development of children in difficulty)

The OPDE is a regional organization promoting child rights and welfare first begun in Burundi in 1997 which now has centers in Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo. The center in Huye provides a range of services to children with a variety of difficulties: providing residential space for 70 children who have no family to support them, seeking to reintegrate street children back into their families whenever possible and helping children enter the primary or secondary education system.

For those individuals for whom this is not possible, the OPDE runs a specially-constructed vocational education complex, which provides classes in welding and metalwork, building, plumbing, electrical engineering and hospitality. A pilot program has also been established to provide training for young mothers to enable them to enter the workforce.

The money we raise will go towards scholarship funds for students to attend the vocational school. 

The Taaluma Project is a 501c3 nonprofit organization started by fellow Virginia Tech students. Any donations on this page will be used for Linking Lives' for OPDE by way of the Taaluma Project.

Our program website: http://www.linkinglives.org/

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To This Fundraiser

$2,241

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Tom

    $10

  • Emily R

    $20

  • Ally

    $20

  • Erica

    $20

  • Katie

    $25

  • Mom and Dad

    $50

  • Patti Jacobus

    $20

  • Michellene Davis

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Jessica Boyd

     

  • Mom and Dad

    $100

  • Nick Carr

    $10

  • Uncle Robert & Aunt Anetta

     

  • Susan & John Sipos

    $25

  • Your favorite person since 7th grade

     

  • Patti and John McKelvey

    $20

  • Dad

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Gale

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Bonnie Baggan

    $25

  • The Wolpin Family

    $25

  • Mark

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Barbara O'Neill

    $25

  • Judith Martin

    $30

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Liz & Jim McDonald

     

  • Elliot Chang

    $25

  • Sue Kim

     

  • sammie chung

    $35

  • richard schetman

    $50

  • Bill and Anna Schetman

    $100

  • Luis Luna

     

  • Grandma Hettmann

    $20

  • Peggy McKelvey

    $20

  • Mary Miller

    $40

  • Maria keely

    $10

  • John & Mary Beth Mimms

    $50

  • Chris, Laura, Tate, Elvis and Zoe Riha

    $20

  • Dr. Phil

    $25

  • Kris

    $26

  • James and Daphne McKelvey

    $30

  • Mom and Dad

    $100

  • Mandy and Steve

    $20

  • Dale

    $25

  • Cousin Matt and Tova!

    $25

  • Amber Kim

     

  • Marjorie Rojas Suarez

     

  • Eliana

    $10

  • Aunt Marian and Uncle Walter

     

  • Smelly

     

  • Danielle

    $25

  • Luis Luna

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Gina Quintero

     

  • Doo Hyun Chung

    $70

  • Sarah King

    $20

  • Joyce Rosenberg

    $30

  • Nancy Miller

    $50

  • Go Louise!

    $20

  • Bobbi and Barry Ostrowsky

    $250

  • John Frekko

    $40

  • Kenny & Megan

    $40

  • Molly McLauren

    $40

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224% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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The Team: $2,241 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Lauren Norcross

Amount Raised

$540

 

216% Raised of $250 Goal

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Kim de Kanter

Amount Raised

$255

 

128% Raised of $200 Goal

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Michelle Hettmann

Amount Raised

$205

 

103% Raised of $200 Goal

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Emily Schetman

Amount Raised

$200

 

100% Raised of $200 Goal

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Brianna Early

Amount Raised

$151

 

151% Raised of $100 Goal

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Cindy Chung

Amount Raised

$150

 

100% Raised of $150 Goal

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Louise Boland

Amount Raised

$135

 

45% Raised of $300 Goal

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Valery Luna

Amount Raised

$130

 

130% Raised of $100 Goal

Donor Comments

Molly McLauren

Molly McLauren

DONATION: $40

for OPDE 3 years ago

Kenny & Megan

Kenny & Megan

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

John Frekko

John Frekko

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Bobbi and Barry Ostrowsky

Bobbi and Barry Ostrowsky

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

Go Louise!

Go Louise!

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Nancy Miller

Nancy Miller

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Joyce Rosenberg

Joyce Rosenberg

DONATION: $30

3 years ago

Sarah King

Sarah King

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Doo Hyun Chung

Doo Hyun Chung

DONATION: $70

Love you, Cindy 3 years ago

Gina Quintero

Gina Quintero

3 years ago