Tuesday, February 22, 2011

MckMama's Campaign to "Adopt" a 2nd Village

MckMama started her 2nd campaign to adopt the village of Garmaam in Ethiopia last night (Mon. Feb. 21) at 11 PM (Eastern Time). It is now approximately 23 1/2 hours later (10:30 PM Eastern Time) and we have not heard the official word on whether or not GHNI has received the 99/100/101 sponsors that they were hoping to recruit for this cause. The last update was @ 8 1/2 hours ago and reported that there were 45 remaining spots (55 individuals had commited to adopt the village Garmaam). The last village (Ola Nagele) was completely adopted within approximately 3 1/2 - 4 hours. There were some reports that people were having issues with PayPal today, but I don't know if that had a big impact on this campaign or not.

* As of 11:07 PM Eastern Time (Tues. Feb. 22), 21 spots remain for the adoption campaign http://garmaam.ghni.org/.

* As of 8:47 AM Eastern Time (Wed. Feb. 23), 16 spots remain for the adoption campaign.

* As of 11:34 AM Eastern Time (Wed. Feb. 23), 9 spots remain for the adoption campaign.

* As of 12:33 PM Eastern Time (Wed. Feb. 23), 5 spots remain for the adoption campaign.

* As of @ 8:30 PM Eastern Time (Wed. Feb. 23), Garmaam has been fully adopted.

I mentioned this in a previous post, but I would like to share this information again. A Google search reveals no information about the village of Ola Nagele (the first village MckMama and her readers sponsored last week) other than the information that has been posted by GHNI, other participants in this trip, and MckMama's readers http://lmgtfy.com/?q=%22ola+nagele%22. This may not mean anything, but it does seem strange since their site states that Ola Nagele has almost 4,000 residents, yet there is no other information out there about this village.

Just like Ola Nagele, the only information that a Google search can find about the village of Garmaam seems to be blog posts from GHNI, MckMama, MckMama's readers, and the other individuals who traveled along on this trip http://lmgtfy.com/?q=%22garmaam%22. Again, this may not mean anything, but it does seem strange.

I will leave you with a YouTube video that features GHNI's Jeff Power, introducing the village of Garmaam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp3_3jQzuTQ .

As always, I would like to encourage everyone to do their own research before donating to any cause or charity. I think this is even more important when the donations are ongoing. Charity Navigator evaluates over 5,500 charities and is a great resource when you are conducting research about organizations you are considering.