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$542of $542

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Janet from Freetown, Sierra Leone

I had to drop out of school; help me pay tuition so I can finish my degree!

I'm a great student but tuition costs were too much for my family. With your help I can pay tuition, buy supplies, and cover transportation costs! More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

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1 supporter
Funded on 11/24/2021

Felix from Freetown, Sierra Leone

I'm studying hard, but can't afford a laptop. Help me get one; it's an essential tool

I need financial assistance to buy a laptop. With it, I can complete assignments and earn my degree-- then find work! More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$427of $427

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3 supporters
Funded on 11/25/2021

Vincent from Freetown, Sierra Leone

I'm working hard to earn my degree-- I just need help with tuition.

There's no financial aid where I live. I want to become an engineer; I need tuition and a laptop to succeed! More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$345of $345

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1 supporter
Funded on 11/24/2021

Rachel from Freetown, Sierra Leone

I need help to finish college. A laptop & tuition funds will make all the difference.

I'm a sharp student studying Public Sector Management. With a laptop & help with tuition, I can finish my degree strong and find work after I'm done! More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$400of $400

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1 supporter
Funded on 11/24/2021

Lauren from Portsmouth, NH

Photography help keep me healthy! I need a computer & printer for my photo business.

I live with mental illness & a chronic health condition; photography has been a valuable way to work on my own schedule & get out in the community. More

Validated by Ann from Granite Pathways

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1 supporter
Funded on 11/24/2021

Syprine from Eldoret, Kenya

I'm the sole breadwinner in my family; help me find better work as a craftswoman.

I'm healthy for the first time in 30 years. I can begin crafting traditional Kiondo bags and raise money for food and children's school fees. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

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1 supporter
Funded on 11/24/2021

Susanna from Eldoret, Kenya

I have the skills to earn more for my family-- I just need start up funds.

I'm solely supporting my grandchild with my labor; with funds, I can begin weaving baskets and earn a better life for my family. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$300of $300

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1 supporter
Funded on 11/24/2021

Inviolata from Eldoret, Kenya

I've lived through hardship; my new skills give me hope. To start work I need funds.

I've learned how to weave traditional Kiondo bags out of sisal material. With only $300 to get started, I can begin a new chapter in my life. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$350of $350

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1 supporter
Funded on 11/24/2021

Ruth from Eldoret, Kenya

I support four children; with help I can start a new, better job as a weaver.

I just need funds for sisal plant, the traditional material for weaving Kiondo bags. I'm ready to put my newfound skills to use! More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$300of $300

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1 supporter
Funded on 11/24/2021

Noel from Eldoret, Kenya

I'm recovered from health issues and ready to support my family. Help me get started!

I'm returning to a shoe business I had before I got sick. Weaving baskets will supplement my income & help me support my three children and my mother. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$755of $700

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3 supporters
Funded on 11/24/2021

Debra from Spindale, NC

Raising my great-grandson; I need to repair my backyard fence so he can play outdoors

My great-grandson is on the autism spectrum. He loves to play outside, but I can't let him out until I fix the fence, which is more than I can afford. More

Validated by Lori from First In Families of NC Foothills Chapter

$575of $575

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2 supporters
Funded on 11/24/2021

Frannie from Bathurst, Sierra Leone

I've grown up in poverty but I'm studying hard in school. I need help with tuition!

With your help I can finish high school and look towards college. I also need a mattress so I can get a good night's sleep and study well. More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$528of $528

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1 supporter
Funded on 11/24/2021

Yvonne from Freetown, Sierra Leone

With funds to open a small kiosk, my family can work our way out of poverty.

My husband & I are raising our family in single room house w/o electricity or clean water. Help us charcoal & essential groceries to the neighborhood! More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$493of $493

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4 supporters
Funded on 11/24/2021

Melody from Bathurst, Sierra Leone

I want to become a nurse and earn a good living. I need help with school expenses!

I live with my cousin where I sleep on the floor. I'm working hard to study and I need help with tuition (there is no financial aid here). More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

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1 supporter
Funded on 11/24/2021

Marie from Detroit, Mi

My son is partially paralyzed; with a laptop he can continue school from home.

I am working hard to get back into the workforce. In the mean time, I need help to buy my son a laptop and new clothes so he can continue school! More

Validated by Paula from Black Family Development

$575of $550

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2 supporters
Funded on 11/24/2021

Stacy from Detroit, Michigan

I'm a single mother to three; beds and uniforms will help my children at school!

I have two school-aged children; one is living with ADHD. A mattress and uniforms will let my kids attend school and stay focused while they're there. More

Validated by Paula from Black Family Development

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1 supporter
Funded on 1/1/0001

Helen from Detroit, Mi

I'm starting a new chapter with almost nothing. A bed will help me stay focused.

I lost almost everything in a divorce. Now I am starting over and plan to study to be a nurse. With help I can sleep well as I start my new life. More

Validated by Paula from Black Family Development

$440of $440

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6 supporters
Funded on 10/12/2021

Isabella from Eldoret, Kenya

I've been thru hard times. Things are looking up; with help I can start a business!

I've learned business skills & I'm ready to work hard for my family. With $440 I can buy inventory and rent a space for my grocery business. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$553of $539

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8 supporters
Funded on 10/8/2021

Daniel from Freetown, Sierra Leone

I want to finish high school and go to college. I need exam fees and textbooks!

I want to take the West Africa Secondary School exam so that I can apply for college. I need help to pay the fees and buy study materials. More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$600of $600

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5 supporters
Funded on 10/12/2021

Tammy from Ysplanti, Michigan

I need help with basics to keep my family going while we search for a home.

I have two boys. With help I can get them toys to help with their development, plus essentials like clothes and diapers More

Validated by Paula from Black Family Development

$198of $350

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8 supporters
Funded on 1/1/0001

Mary from Eldoret, Kenya

I'm ready to support my daughter by making and selling traditional Kiondo bags!

I need $350 to buy supplies. I've learned to grow sisal and weave bags-- with the funds to get started I can build a business and make a good living. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

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14 supporters
Funded on 7/21/2021

Cindy from Detroit, MI

Disabled single mom to 6; I need beds, linens, and furniture for my home.

My husband passed in the pandemic. Without him, I'm fighting to keep my family stable; with beds we will have more of a home to live in. More

Validated by Paula from Black Family Development

$460of $460

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2 supporters
Funded on 8/18/2021

Mary from Freetown, Sierra Leone

Supporting 3 kids. With funds we can keep our home & start a business!

With some funds I can buy stock and start a business selling toiletries and nonperishable groceries, and pay a year of rent to keep our family stable while we set up. More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$300of $300

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6 supporters
Funded on 8/12/2021

Rael from Eldoret, Kenya

With funds for coolers, I can start a business selling fish and support my children.

I need to buy ice and coolers. I am also hoping with these funds I can pay for my children's school fees and uniforms while I build my business! More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$700of $700

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5 supporters
Funded on 6/17/2021

Amy from Booneville, NC

I'm a single mom striving to raise my daughters while living with a disability.

I need assistance with car repair. We live in a rural area and need our vehicle to pick up groceries and get to doctor and therapy appointments. More

Validated by Lori from First In Families of NC Foothills Chapter

$600of $550

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3 supporters
Funded on 4/19/2021

Mary from Freetown, Sierra Leone

Single mother struggling to get by; with equipment I can start a second business.

I'm working as a housemaid & barely getting by. I'm illiterate, so my prospects are limited; with coolers/a freezer, I can work selling cold drinks. More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$450of $450

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7 supporters
Funded on 4/19/2021

Stephen from Freetown, Sierra Leone

With your help I can finish my certificate and start a life working in construction!

I need tuition and transportation costs to finish my classes and get an internship. This will set me up for a life long career as a skilled worker. More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$700of $700

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14 supporters
Funded on 4/3/2021

Books for The Women's Project Book Club from New York, NY

Help us expand our book club & provide a needed resource to incarcerated women!

We work with the New York Public Library to build connections through a quarterly book club. With help, we can buy 20 new books to expand our reach. More

Validated by Valentina from The Women's Project

$650of $650

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7 supporters
Funded on 4/3/2021

Catherine from Gloucester, Sierra Leone

Fighting to support my kids. With help I can start a business & rent a place to live.

I've separated from my husband and I'm striving to support my kids. I want to purchase firewood wholesale & resell it; families use it here every day! More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$675of $675

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11 supporters
Funded on 4/3/2021

Laura from Freetown, Sierra Leone

I'm almost finished college. I need help with my final year expenses!

With help for accommodation, food, books, etc. I can finish my degree in Public Health and start working to keep others healthy & support my son! More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$450of $450

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4 supporters
Funded on 3/3/2021

Nackline from Eldoret, Kenya

Mother of seven who wants to support my children. I need funds to start a business!

I need $450 for capital to purchase clothes. I will use my business skills I learned from Beyond Fistula to start my business reselling clothes. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$580of $580

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7 supporters
Funded on 3/3/2021

Brooklyn from Bronx, New York

Formerly homeless; I'm back on my feet, but I still need winter clothes.

I live in my small apartment with my service dog. With warm winter clothes, I'll be able to stay comfortable in the cold months to come. More

Validated by Valentina from Barrier Free Living, Inc.

$250of $250

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6 supporters
Funded on 2/8/2021

Sylvia from Eldoret, Kenya

I've learned farming skills and recovered from surgery. I'm ready to start a farm!

I need to buy land and seeds and fertilizer, and I'll be ready to support myself through my small farming business. I just need $250 to get there! More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$75of $699

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3 supporters
Funded on 3/1/2021

Gene from Brooklyn, NY

I'm working toward a degree and a brighter future. I need help towards tuition!

I was laid off last year & the pandemic hasn't helped. I don't quality for state/federal grants, so I need help to fund my criminal justice degree. More

Validated by PO Payoute from NYC Department of Probation

$60of $350

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2 supporters
Funded on 6/2/2021

Joseph from Freetown, Sierra Leone

I'm a youth leader looking to help others. A better laptop will make a difference!

I'm passionate about helping youth develop the skills they need. With a newer laptop, I can work faster and better. More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$450of $450

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6 supporters
Funded on 2/8/2021

Mariah from Brooklyn, New York

I'm a single mom working hard to apply for college. A laptop will help me get there.

It's very hard to be successful in school without a computer. With a laptop, I can pursue a career in education and support my son. More

Validated by Dana from The Women's Project

$400of $400

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8 supporters
Funded on 2/8/2021

Cherry from Brooklyn, NY

I need to replace my stolen laptop so I can finish my High School Equivalency.

I'm attending virtual classes and unfortunately my laptop was stolen from my apartment. With a new one, I will be able to catch up! More

Validated by PO Ruiz from NYC Department of Probation

$400of $400

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7 supporters
Funded on 2/8/2021

Danise from Brooklyn, NY

I need a laptop for school. I have a dream of working in construction / architecture.

I'm expecting a son soon. With a laptop, I can complete classes online and work towards my dream of a career building things. More

Validated by PO Ruiz from NYC Department of Probation

$801of $700

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6 supporters
Funded on 12/23/2020

Tanji from Chicago, IL

Training to work in welding; I need car repairs so I can commute to my courses.

I'm working towards a solid career with this certification, but after a car accident I have no way to get to classes (or to jobs after I'm certified). More

Validated by Katherine from Jane Addams Resource Corporation

$150of $150

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1 supporter
Funded on 11/13/2020

Brian from Harlem, NY

I'm looking for work; a basic smartphone will let me apply for jobs!

My last cell phone has broken; with a new one, I can submit resumes and apply for work so I can help support my household. More

Validated by PO De Castro from NYC Department of Probation

$400of $675

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5 supporters
Funded on 2/8/2021

Mark from Freetown, Sierra Leone

Recently finished vocational training-- now I need help to set up a tailor's shop.

Ready to become a tailor. I've been trained; I just need help to build a workshop, including a sewing machine and patterns. More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

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6 supporters
Funded on 11/16/2020

Hannah from Freetown, Sierra Leone

Heading into my final year of school. I need help with exam fees and study guides!

I'm in my final year of school and about to apply for college. With help with fees I'll be able to take the exams I need to get in! More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

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9 supporters
Funded on 12/14/2020

Martha from Freetown, Sierra Leone

I'm a food vendor; I need help to cover housing costs while I get back on my feet.

This need will cover the rental for an apartment for enough time that I'll be able to restart my business and begin supporting my children. More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

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6 supporters
Funded on 11/13/2020

David from Freetown, Sierra Leone

A career in carpentry is in reach; I need tools & the cost of an apprenticeship.

I'm good with my hands and I think I'll be able to work as a carpenter. I just need to cover the cost of a set of tools and an apprenticeship program. More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$300of $300

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4 supporters
Funded on 12/14/2020

Robert from Queens, New York

Out of work due to the pandemic; I need winter clothes for my 8yo daughter.

I'm a single father who is out of work due to COVID-19. With help, I can get her a great Christmas present that will keep her warm this winter! More

Validated by PO Ogir from NYC Department of Probation

$200of $200

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4 supporters
Funded on 10/20/2020

Amadi from Eldoret, Kenya

A new stove will help me support myself through my cooking skills!

I've been through strife but I'm learning to build a life for myself. With a charcoal stove I can build my corn selling business. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$200of $200

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5 supporters
Funded on 11/13/2020

Caroline from Eldoret, Kenya

I'm a business owner; with $200 I can expand and hire women in my village.

I've built a successful salon; now I want to use my skills to support others. With $200 I can hire some women in my community and expand my business! More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$200of $200

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4 supporters
Funded on 10/20/2020

Margaret from Eldoret, Kenya

I want to support myself with a farm. With just $200 I can buy starting supplies.

I need seeds, tools, and fertilizer. I have land and have been taught farming skills, but I need funds to grow my farm. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

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3 supporters
Funded on 10/20/2020

Ruth from Eldoret, Kenya

I'm finally healthy, and I've learned tailoring. With a sewing machine I can work!

Just $150 for a sewing machine will be enough to let me build a life for myself. I've got a bright future ahead-- I just need your help! More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

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7 supporters
Funded on 10/31/2020

Helen from Eldoret, Kenya

Mother of five; I want to start a business with my tailoring skills, I need supplies!

I want to modify and re-sell used clothes with my tailoring skills. I need a stock of clothes to begin with so I can show my skills and build a life! More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

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3 supporters
Funded on 10/20/2020

Anne from Eldoret, Kenya

Mother of four; I need $250 to start a farm and support my children.

If I can lease land and buy seeds, I can start a farm and sell the excess crop to pay my children's school fees. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

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8 supporters
Funded on 11/13/2020

Diana from Eldoret, Kenya

I want to support my baby w/ a shoe resale business; I just need starting funds.

With $150 to buy some stock, I'll transport shoes to my village and resell them to my community. My business skills will help me build a life. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

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9 supporters
Funded on 11/24/2020

Vivian from Eldoret, Kenya

I want to support my children with a chicken farm. I just need $250 to get started!

With a starting supply of eggs, chicken food, and a coop, I'll use my business skills to raise chickens and sell chicks to earn an income. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

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3 supporters
Funded on 10/18/2020

Willie from Detroit, MI

Unable to work; I need living room furniture to help my family come together.

I'm a single father fighting to support two of my children after their mother passed. We need a place to be together in the house and bond! More

Validated by Sharon from Black Family Development

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9 supporters
Funded on 12/1/2020

Janet from Freetown, Sierra Leone

I want to give back to my community. With a laptop I can earn a social work degree!

I'll be able to complete assignments, homework, etc and build a track to a career serving my community. More

Validated by Sylvester from Develop Africa

$250of $250

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4 supporters
Funded on 9/22/2020

Sarah from Eldoret, Kenya

Help me buy a sewing machine for my daughter so she can earn money by tailoring!

My daughter has been through so much at a young age. I'm struggling to support her, but she has been learning to run a tailoring business. More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$350of $350

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6 supporters
Funded on 9/21/2020

Dashalique from Brooklyn, NY

I'm a young father pursuing his GED. With your help, I can get a laptop.

I want to build a stable future for my daughter. The first step is getting my GED, but during COVID, I need a laptop to do that. More

Validated by POT Moreno from NYC Department of Probation

$300of $300

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4 supporters
Funded on 9/22/2020

Lydia from Eldoret, Kenya

I've regained my health and studied; now I want to open a business!

I've learned hairdressing and cosmology at vocational college. With just $300 I can lease a space and buy supplies to start my business! More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$250of $250

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6 supporters
Funded on 9/21/2020

Faith from Eldoret, Kenya

I want to build a good life as a tailor. I need just $250 to start a business!

I've recovered from a health scare and I'm learning the skills I need to start a business. With $250 I can buy a sewing machine and fabric! More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$330of $200

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4 supporters
Funded on 9/21/2020

Esther from Eldoret, Kenya

I've been through a lot. Now I want to open a dressmaking business.

I need $200 to buy supplies; I've learned tailoring and I want to use that skill to build a brighter future! More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$300of $300

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5 supporters
Funded on 10/16/2020

Catherine from Eldoret, Kenya

I want to start a hotel business to support my kids. I just need starting funds!

I've learned business skills, but without capital to start I'm having trouble. With $300 I can buy supplies to get started and support my children! More

Validated by Debra from Beyond Fistula

$210of $200

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5 supporters
Funded on 9/21/2020

Sergio from Richmond Hill, New York

I want to go to college, but first I need my GED-- and for that I need a laptop!

I'm eager to go to college & build a life. I want to attend online courses, but libraries are closed & I'm having trouble studying with only my phone. More

Validated by PO Rivera from NYC Department of Probation

$350of $350

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6 supporters
Funded on 9/22/2020

Taron from Brooklyn, New York

Striving to build a life for myself. With libraries closed, I need a laptop.

I've made mistakes and I want to do better; with a laptop, I can build resumes, apply for jobs, and learn online. It will be a lifesaver. More

Validated by POT Moreno from NYC Department of Probation

$400of $400

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6 supporters
Funded on 9/22/2020

Syprince from Brooklyn, NY

I'm going to be a father; early baby equipment will be a lifesaver!

I'm going to be a first-time father. I need a stroller, car seat, and basic supplies to get through the first few months! More

Validated by Christina from NYC Department of Probation

$205of $200

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4 supporters
Funded on 9/22/2020

Kusar from New York, NY

I'm focused on improving my life, and need a cleaning service for my apartment.

I live with my sister. I'm working with my Probation Officer to clean my apartment; a service would be a huge life improvement. More

Validated by PO Cleare from NYC Department of Probation


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