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In 2008 a 16 year old Alaskan took a trip to Malawi with his family. After realizing that HIV was restricting Malawian's ability to live a healthy, prosperous life, this Alaskan decided to use his theatrical background and create a nonprofit to tackle these issues. Together! ACT Now was born in 2009 to use theatre to educate remote villagers on HIV.
Over the years Together! ACT Now has greatly expanded. We now also rebuild classrooms to keep kids in school longer, we create, educate, and maintain community village HIV groups where we are facilitating grassroots, community driven HIV stigma reduction, and we also host free in-village HIV testing, counseling, and provide access to free mobile HIV medicine clinics.
Now it's time to tell your story. Use the below statistics to start saying why this cause is important to you.
Villagers educated on HIV through theatre
Villagers tested for HIV
Understanding the Need
Malawi is a beautiful country, with the kindest people, but they still struggle with a major health crisis:
High HIV Rates
Malawi's HIV prevalence rate is 2,000% higher than America
Malawi is one of the poorest nations with people living on less than $2/day
Lack of Communication
A majority of Malawian villages are remote and without modern media
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Writting a compelling story will help with your success. Here are a few ideas. Feel free to use these, adapt them, and make them your own.
EMAIL SUBJECT Help me with my [type of fundraiser] fundraiser -or- My birthday is coming up so let's celebrate!
EMAIL BODY Hi Friends, I'm writing to let you know that I've decided to hold a fundraiser for Together! ACT Now. A charity based in sub-Saharan Africa that provides life saving HIV information and health care to remote areas of Malawi.
For over ten years they have been making a big difference. They have educated over 100,000 Malawians on HIV, tested over 8,400 in-village for HIV and rebuilt over 45 elementary school classrooms. They're able to do this all for 5 cents per villager!
I'm excited to support this organization because I know the money is sent directly to Malawi. While being a registered US charity, they have no paid American staff so every dollar you give will be going out into the field to enact change.
[enter any other personal stories or reasons for wanting to hold this fundraiser] [Specify anything about your particular fundraiser]
My goal is $[enter your fundraising goal - if this is a birthday fundraiser it works well to make the dollar amount something to do with your age or date, etc]. I can only reach this goal with your support. Please give what you can and let's make a difference together.
Thanks, [your name]
BIO I'm holding a fundraiser for @togetheractnow. Click the link to help me reach my goal!
PHOTO CAPTION IDEA I'm holding a fundraiser for @togetheractnow for [enter what your fundraiser is for]. Click the link in my bio to help me reach my goal. All people deserve to live with dignity, access to healthcare and life saving information. This charity is doing incredible work in Malawi to end the spread of HIV once and for all. They use theatre, education, community groups, and mobile health clinics to change the course of history in Malawi. Together, let's be apart of that history and make HIV history once and for all!
POST IDEA I'm holding a fundraiser for Together! ACT Now for [enter what your fundraiser is for. ie- for my 32nd birthday]. All people deserve to live with dignity, access to healthcare and life saving information. This charity is doing incredible work in Malawi to end the spread of HIV once and for all. Click the link to help me reach my goal.
Together! ACT Now uses theatre, education, community groups, and mobile health clinics to change the course of history in Malawi. They have eduated over 100,000 Malawians on HIV and tested over 8,400 for HIV as well as built over 45 classrooms. [enter, if you want, any personal reasons for holding this fundraiser].
Together, let's be apart of that history and make HIV history once and for all!
[enter your fundraising link]
TWEET Help me reach my fundraising goal for Together! ACT Now. With your help we can provide access to life saving information on HIV and healthcare in some of the most remote areas of sub-Saharan Africa. [enter fundraising link]
Feel free to use any of these stats in your fundraising efforts
Malawi has one of the highest HIV rates in the world
Malawi is one of the poorest nations in the world with over 90% of the country living on less than $2 a day
Malawians lack access to modern forms of communication, thus restricting their access to information
Together! ACT Now has educated over 100.000 Malawians on HIV through theatre
Together! ACT Now has tested over 8,400 Malawians for HIV in-villages
Together! ACT Now has distributed over 70,000 free condoms
Together! ACT Now has rebuilt over 45 elementary school classrooms