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Monthly Newsletter, September 2015
September happenings: 
 
Preparations for Escarlet's 2nd campaign have started to raise more money for her study in the United States, the children in Montenegro harvested their first vegetables from our garden, new Circus Classes have started in Alto Buena Vista, it was the first month for Lizbeth as our new morning instructor in Quillacollo, we have checked and counted thousands and thousands of bracelets to be send to the United States, and we had some interesting meetings with other local NGO's!
Escarlet's Campaign Continues!
So far have reached $5,000 for Escarlet which is really great because it enables her to start her studies in the U.S. at Lewis and Clark State College. This covers a little less than half of the tuition. Escarlet still needs $7,000 more in order to finish the entire year. For this reason we continue Escarlet's campaign, through IndieGoGo. We ask of you to please spread the word to friends & family once again, for donations in any way possible! The campaign starts in the coming week! Escarlet sets a great example for all of our participants. She is incredibly grateful for all your generosity.
New Classes in Alto Buena Vista
Last month circus lessons started on Mondays and Thursdays in Alto Buena Vista, under the leadership of Adaly and our new instructor Edwin (a longtime participant of Performing Life). Alto Buena Vista is a poor neighborhood in the south of Cochabamba. Each week there are more curious and enthusiastic children attending our lessons, and it seems to be a big succes! We like to expand the number of teaching days this year to three a week, and by 2016 aim to offer the children our School Support Program as well as  a full healthy meal! 
Our New Morning Instructor; Lizbeth

Lizbeth has been part of Performing Life these past two years. She heard about the program through her neighborhood and we are very happy she decided to join.  Four months ago her brother Carlos also joined our program. Both have their own performance in the trapeze act. They now also juggle and practice a wide variety of other circus activities! Additionally, Lizbeth has completed our bracelet program three times. Her family currently lives in Vinto, in a small rented home that houses her parents and their 8 children. With the money they hope to buy their own plot of land.  

“I like to learn new things. Coming here gives me a chance to explore possibilities and try new stuff. I want to learn more of everything and I hope to teach the children as much as I’ve learned as the new Morning Instructor!"  - Lizbeth. 

We are really happy that Lizbeth is our new morning instructor. She is really a talented, smart en responsible young woman!
Bracelet Program 2015
Every August when our main sponsor Tony - from the 'Hope for the Children Foundation' - visits us, he takes all bracelets to the United States for sales purposes. This year, since our order of "the right" threads from Peru was delayed, we gave the families extra time to complete their bracelets. Half of the bracelets were taken by Tony, and the other half will arrive in the U.S. this week. A total of 10322 bracelets were made by 18 families, leading to an average of $ 1,500 earned per family! Some investments made this month from family's earnings made the previous year:  2 concerning building a house, Tania (our previous morning instructor) in supplies for her study at the Police Academy, a mothers of one of the participants will start a shop with everyday products, and a father of one of the participants is expanding his previously founded bike shop (he currently has three people working for him!). Fantastic initiatives that really lead to better presents and futures!
Business Development
The last month (together with our intern Nikki ter Veer) we have paid extra attention to future development and organizational optimization. The English version of our website has been updated, and by the end of the year we want to establish a bilingual website. Concerning social media, we are busy with merging the two Facebook pages ‘Performing Life’ and ‘Fundación EnseñARTE' to increase our page views, members, and exposure!

Furthermore, the European market migth be an interesting channel for expansion. We are currently running market analyses and examine the possibilities of establishing a partner foundation in the Netherlands. This with the aim to expand the Performing Life Brand, knowledge management and our fundraising activities, in Europe.
About Volunteers
After the summer peak we are again in need of extra volunteers! In particular we are seeking a Communications Intern to help install multilingual Plug-ins and to work on improving our website. Ideally volunteers will have a working knowledge of Spanish, and experience with the Word Press platform. A solid commitment is necessary but this position can be completed remotely from anywhere in the world! Also we are busy expanding our (volunteer) network on websites such as idealist and grassroots, and through meetings with other NGO’s.

If there is anybody in your network coming to mind, we would love to get introduced!  
We appreciate your support and invite you to continue creating better futures through the arts with Bolivian youth and their families. Tax-exempt contributions may be made through our web site, http://www.performinglifebolivia.org.  Even small donations make a big impact.  When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Performing Life International Inc. Bookmark the link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-2375079 support us every time you shop! For current news and photos, please visit our Facebook page, Performing Life, Inc. or contact us at Info@performinglifebolivia.org.
 
Saludos,

John Connell Marye Dijkstra

 
Performing Life International, Inc. is a United States 501(c)3 federally tax-exempt organization.

Fundación enseñARTE is a registered nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Bolivia.  

Tax-exempt donations may also be made through Hope for the Children Foundation, Inc. in the US and A Little Charitable Trust, registered in New Zealand and the UK.

Or you can reach us in Bolivia:
Performing Life
Calle 2 - #27, Urbanizacion Carlos Peña
Zona Iquircollo – Quillacollo
Cochabamba
Bolivia

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