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Universal Learning Centre Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Help Build Libraries in Haiti
Not-for-Profit Organization Leverages Crowdfunding to Raise Money for Social Cause
Phoenix, AZ. August 12, 2014 –Universal Learning Centre (www.universallearningcentre.org), a not-for-profit organization that builds and sustains library learning centers in developing nations, launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to build libraries in Haiti. The campaign began on July 31, 2014 and will close on September 9, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
Crowdfunding refers to raising small amounts of money from a large number of donors via the Internet. Attracting an estimated nine million global visitors each month, Indiegogo is one of the most popular crowdfunding websites operating today.
Universal Learning Centre (ULC) campaign goal is to raise $30,000 for its fourth library building project in Haiti. Specifically, the Indiegogo contributions will be used to:
- Install a generator to eliminate issues with fluctuating electricity.
- Establish basic Internet access by installing cables, modems, routers, etc.
- Ship the first set of books.
- Provide basic furniture for children.
- Fund a few month’s salary for the local staff.
“Libraries provide a safe place for building a community around education,”said Ketaki Desai, board member of Universal Learning Centre. “However, no community libraries existed in Haiti until ULC built the first three.”
“After constructing these facilities, we’ve seen amazing changes within the communities as children and adults alike are able to spend quality time engaging in constructive activities,”continued Desai. “The newly launched Indiegogo campaign will allow us to continue this effort. By making small tax-deductible donations, contributors will help change the lives of some of the poorest Haitian communities forever.” It is incredible that platforms like Indiegogo allow crowdfunding for non-profits like ULC, which are still very young, until the team can develop a more sustainable organization.
About Universal Learning Centre:
Universal Learning Centre (ULC) was founded in 2005 by Jacques M. Jean, his wife, Dana, and a small but passionate board of directors. A Haitian native, Mr. Jean stepped into a library for the first time in his life at age 18 and had a transformational experience. From that point on, his personal mission, and later that of the organization, became providing similar educational resources and learning opportunities to people in developing nations. The organization currently has sites in Pilate, Ferrier and Ouanaminthe, Haiti and in support of its strategic plan, the board, staff and volunteers are working on plans for sites in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
ULC is a section 501(c)(3) organization. For more information on how you can help, visit http://www.universallearningcentre.org/.