~~March 19, 2014~~
THANK YOU TO ALL – The LGBT Rescue Fund ended on a great note in the early hours of this morning. We raised $14,025 in a 3 week period. Thank you to all my friends and supporters who participated in this critical and urgent call by African LGBT people who ran into hiding after Museveni signed the Jail the Gays Bill.
We funded people and still continue to fund more, from Uganda, Angola, Cameroon, Nigeria, Gambia and Kenya.
We have provided shelter, food , transport and money for passports.
Despite letters from me, no organization or LGBT business from the USA came forward to help or do this. I hope that will change and that more people will rally to this critical need. Its not too late and its ongoing.
To quote a much respected activist from the faith community “Melanie, your fund is the only game in town.” That should not be the case. This is way too critical.
Many people rallied to make this happen. But we need more and we need more from those who can afford to help and from those who consider reorganizing their priorities. We need to prioritize – my humble opinion – we are a global community and life saving matters should come first. As a global community I would like to see more resources going to saving lives above the fight for photos in yearbooks and the likes – or at least some kind of balance in how we use our LGBT donated dollars.
We had over 5,000 Facebook shares with 150 donors. One Donor provided $3,333. With your help we have made a difference in over 20 people’s lives – for most it was a matter of life or death.
And now I am reconciling the further need and will report back soon. Right now I have another 17 on my list in urgent need of help.
Though the Indiegogo campaign has ended, the need remains critical and I am continuing to raise funds via paypal until I launch another campaign on Indiegogo – remember Indiegogo took $1,262.25 of the funds for their fees.
I am hoping people will continue to contribute so we can help more. I hope to release more specific stats in due course.
To continue to donate please go to http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/escape-funds/
We ALL are ONE!!