Exciting news! We’ve been nominated for the 4th Annual Classy awards! These awards recognize charities all over the US for their work in making the world a better place, and they’re a great way for us to spread the word about what we do.
We’re one of 2,400 other charities that were nominated and we’ve made it all the way to the top 5 finalists in the category of “Health & Well Being.” If we win the Classy Award, it will help us increase our impact in Iraq so we can save even more lives!
Now here’s where we need your help. We’re up against four other charities in our category and we need you to show your support by voting. We’ve made this handy step-by-step chart for how you can help PLC! Voting ends July 26th, a week from today, so cast your vote now!
Go here to vote! Click on the “south” region button, or on the southern US.
Scroll down to almost the very bottom and find the “Health and Well being” category. Press the “Select” button on the Preemptive Love Coalition’s tab.
After you’ve selected PLC’s tab, click on “Submit my final ballot” in the lower right hand corner.
Step 4: Celebrate! Share you vote on Facebook and tell all your friends about this awesome way to support PLC!
April 25, 2010 by Jessica · Comments Off
Sara and her father came by our office on their way to a check-up with the local cardiologist, Dr. Aso Faeq.
It was a joy to see her and talk with her. She is doing great and is enjoying a little time off from school. We talked about picnics and the results of recent elections. They told us in detail of their visits to Deelan’s family, who also went to surgery in March. They amazed me with their love for this little boy they didn’t even know until they met at the airport on their way to Istanbul. It is great to see healed hearts, bright futures, and relationships formed (and/or sustained) across some recent – and some more historic – barriers between Turkmen, Kurd and Arab in the city of Kirkuk.
We ended our time with them celebrating with the fresh baklava and chocolates they brought to say “thank you.” Thanks to all of you Woodway college students Sara is alive and thriving with her newly healed heart.
ADOPT A CHILD
Churches, universities, and other organized groups were the backbone of our large fundraising efforts in 2009—and now we’re looking for at least 12 churches, mosques, synagogues, universities, youth groups, etc to adopt an single Iraqi child to raise life-saving awareness and funds on his/her behalf. Group goals usually range between $5,000–10,000—though we’ve seen junior high groups raise over $8k and college students pull together $30k!
March 9, 2010 by Jeremy · Comments Off
As cute as the babies are, we do enjoy interacting with these older kids. Watching them work through their fear, and seeing them come into their own in a foreign culture, is a real joy. Plus, it seems like the “mark” we’re leaving for life will be more profound for these adolescents.
If you’ll remember, Sara’s family comes from Kirkuk, Iraq. One of her cousins left Iraq over ten years ago and currently lives in Istanbul. So we’ll be discharging Sara into the care of her cousin this week so he can show her the sites and so they can reconnect a bit as a family.
But before she leaves, we were honored to host one of our biggest advocates and long-term supporters, Chelsea Pershall , and two friends (Erin and Ashley) for Spring Break in Istanbul. They came specifically to meet Sara, whose surgery they funded through a widespread grassroots effort on the Baylor University campus via FWCM.org.
Sara’s family was so grateful to meet these three girls and beyond the life-saving money they represent, found a lot of comfort from hours of broken English conversations and card games.
Do you know someone who might be interested in joining us for a summer of this kind of work in Turkish hospitals and Iraqi homes? Click here to consider our Summer Internship.