Monday, April 12, 2010

Seven Days Later

It only takes 15...

That was lofty. But if we're going to make a difference we need to aim high and share the big dreams we have.

One week ago, we put a stake in the ground and asked for a miracle. That miracle? That 15 people would step forward and say, "I will support one of the 15 children at Beat the Drum Village for one year." In the seven days since that email was sent, we are a third of the way there. Through your generous giving, five children have support for a year.

Lofty? Yes. Unrealistic? Not at all.

Though what may have been unrealistic was the idea that 15 kids would be supported by 15 people. That doesn't need to be the case.

Instead of it taking 15 of us to support 15 orphans living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya, perhaps it takes 15 of those kids to move us - to motivate our souls and our spirits - to support them in any way we can.

There are 10 left. Will you let those 10 move you? We assumed we only needed 15, but the reality is we may need many more. Is $193 per month too much? What about $19? The goal is the goal and we welcome getting there with as many of you as possible.

Thank you to those whose gifts have helped get us to where we are today - whether you've given $10 or $1,000, the difference made in the lives of these kids is real.

For those of you thinking about giving, help us show the children living in Beat the Drum Village that this miracle is possible.

Let's build a village together,
Stacy Troubh

Send me an email at or log onto and sign up for a reoccurring donation today.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

It Only Takes 15

It only takes 15. Just 15 people and the children of Beat the Drum Village would be completely supported. Just 15 individuals, couples, families or groups of friends raising a hand to say:  I will provide the money needed to buy food, clothing and medicine for one HIV positive child living at Beat the Drum Village in Kenya.

March donations generated from the website did not reach our monthly goal, the amount required to meet the most basic needs of the 15 orphans living at Beat the Drum Village. After a conversation with my sister, Lauren, about the unfortunate reality of how challenging it will be to meet our goal month after month, she simply said:  You only need 15. 15 people who are willing to commit to monthly support. And she's right.

If just 15 people - or 15 couples, 15 families, 15 groups - committed to a reoccurring donation of $193 each month to meet the needs of one child, then our goal would be met. Funds that would directly and specifically benefit the lives of Dennis, Eunice, Julius, Rebecca, Abigail, Faith, Emmanuel, Andrew, Martin, Lucy, Julia, Baraku, Erick, Simon and Everline each and every day.

So this month our update has one goal: to begin the search for our 15.

I will be the first to make this commitment. Who will be number two?

Let's build a village together,

Become one of the 15 today. Send me an email at or log onto and sign up for a reoccurring donation of $193 per month. If you're unable to make this commitment right now, please help us find 14 others by forwarding this to a friend.