REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GoFundMe, the world's largest social fundraising platform, today announced the winner of its #GoBeyond Giving Challenge. The $10,000 donation will go to Two Rabbits, a nonprofit international preschool program founded by four Harvard graduate students that brings pre-K education to some of the world's most underserved populations.
"We are so thrilled and honored to win the #GoBeyondGiving challenge," said Sarah Strader, founder of Two Rabbits. "GoFundMe has been our fuel and inspiration as we've worked to bring preschool education to children in Cameroon and Myanmar. The $10,000 will help us make our educational plans a reality and enable us to send staff to the field to bring joyful learning to these fantastic students."
"We couldn't be happier to give this well-earned donation to Two Rabbits," said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon. "Sarah and her team have shown it's possible to help people in places as far away as Cameroon and Myanmar by harnessing the power of social fundraising. We can't wait to see how they change the worlds of their bright young students in 2017 and beyond."
Two Rabbits takes its name from a saying of the Baka people of Cameroon, which describes the challenge of pursuing both traditional and modern paths as trying to "chase two rabbits at once"—if you try, you will lose them both. Two Rabbits bridges that divide by incorporating cultural pride and traditions into literacy and numeracy curricula in the local language, with songs, stories, and games. You can view their GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/two-rabbits-preschool-program
Two Rabbits is composed of four Master's students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's International Education Policy Program.
- Sarah Strader, originally from Michigan, has lived and worked with Baka hunter-gatherers in Cameroon since 2011, and has been piloting Two Rabbits there since 2014.
- Mary Pham hails from Hawaii, and has worked as a peace educator in conflict-affected areas of Myanmar since 2011, working closely with NGOs & displacement camp leaders.
- Kara Howard served as a language teacher in Lesotho with the PeaceCorps, and is from Massachusetts.
- Matt Owens taught English, Social Sciences, and global citizenship in Spain, and is originally from Arkansas.
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world's largest social fundraising platform, with over $3 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 25 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives.
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