The Final Year?

I plan to make a new video in the next few days – which will be more of a vlog. In it I’ll be mentioning that, unless I can find a way to make my project financially sustainable, by this time next year I will (most likely) have to end this project.

With the exception of Vestergaard-Frandsen‘s help getting me to Kenya for a couple of weeks, all the expenses of this project (airfare, living expenses, equipment, etc) have been paid by my life savings and by borrowing from my family. I ran my life savings dry halfway through last year and, to keep going, I’ve been borrowing from family to do this project. My dad has been the biggest source of financial support but it looks like he’s planning to retire in about a year’s time.

It was two years ago – almost to the day – that I filed my withdrawal papers at Notre Dame. Back then, I never thought this project would for go on for so long. Now, I don’t want it to end. There are so many exciting ideas rolling around in my head. I’d need more than a year just to do even half the stuff I’m dreaming of. But honestly? Not many people have parents as supportive as mine. Even if I can only do this for another twelve months, I should still consider myself a lucky guy.

Over the next twelve months, I’m going to go ahead full-steam and I’m still accepting donations (which continue to be for the poor – not for my living expenses, equipment, or airfare). But, on top of it all, I’m going to be keeping my eyes out for ways to keep this project going into next year. So far, YouTube partnership money has been ridiculously small – not even enough to cover a single month’s expenses. But, I’m hoping if there is a will there will be a way. I mean, Matt Harding was able to get the support of a gum company to help him dance around the world – twice! Surely, there is a way for me to keep this journey of fighting global poverty going 🙂

27 Responses to “The Final Year?”


  1. 1 Michael Warden

    A friend of mine did something similar to Uncultured some years back, only his target was the inner city youth of Mexico City. He got his support by enlisting a team of personal sponsors…basically, friends who pledged to send him a certain amount each month. He was able to work for three years in Mexico and did a lot of good with only three friends supporting him from the states.

    Could it be time for you to ask for more than just support for the work…but actually support for you personally?

  2. 2 Michael Warden

    A friend of mine did something similar to Uncultured some years back, only his target was the inner city youth of Mexico City. He got his support by enlisting a team of personal sponsors…basically, friends who pledged to send him a certain amount each month. He was able to work for three years in Mexico and did a lot of good with only three friends supporting him from the states.

    Could it be time for you to ask for more than just support for the work…but actually support for you personally?

  3. 3 Michael Warden

    A friend of mine did something similar to Uncultured some years back, only his target was the inner city youth of Mexico City. He got his support by enlisting a team of personal sponsors…basically, friends who pledged to send him a certain amount each month. He was able to work for three years in Mexico and did a lot of good with only three friends supporting him from the states.

    Could it be time for you to ask for more than just support for the work…but actually support for you personally?

  4. 4 David Lopez

    I would keep my eyes open for possible sponsorship programs and inform you of them. i would hate to see this amazing project go down the drain. As Christian said

  5. 5 David Lopez

    I would keep my eyes open for possible sponsorship programs and inform you of them. i would hate to see this amazing project go down the drain. As Christian said

  6. 6 David Lopez

    I would keep my eyes open for possible sponsorship programs and inform you of them. i would hate to see this amazing project go down the drain. As Christian said

  7. 7 David Lopez

    I would keep my eyes open for possible sponsorship programs and inform you of them. i would hate to see this amazing project go down the drain. As Christian said

  8. 8 David Lopez

    maybe starting your own charity organization might help out.
    (for got the rest of the sentence lol)

  9. 9 David Lopez

    maybe starting your own charity organization might help out.
    (for got the rest of the sentence lol)

  10. 10 David Lopez

    maybe starting your own charity organization might help out.
    (for got the rest of the sentence lol)

  11. 11 David Lopez

    maybe starting your own charity organization might help out.
    (for got the rest of the sentence lol)

  12. 12 Sarah_Davis

    Christian has a good point. If you want to continue this project indefinitely, you might want to look into becoming a non-profit. I'm very involved with the Harry Potter Alliance and I know our upper-level staff have been going through the application process. I can try to get you in contact with them if you want.

    Otherwise, for the short term the Nerdfighters have been working on this for a few days:
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=58339026829

    The event was only posted yesterday afternoon, but we already have over 30 people helping.

  13. 13 Sarah_Davis

    Christian has a good point. If you want to continue this project indefinitely, you might want to look into becoming a non-profit. I'm very involved with the Harry Potter Alliance and I know our upper-level staff have been going through the application process. I can try to get you in contact with them if you want.

    Otherwise, for the short term the Nerdfighters have been working on this for a few days:
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=58339026829

    The event was only posted yesterday afternoon, but we already have over 30 people helping.

  14. 14 Sarah_Davis

    Christian has a good point. If you want to continue this project indefinitely, you might want to look into becoming a non-profit. I'm very involved with the Harry Potter Alliance and I know our upper-level staff have been going through the application process. I can try to get you in contact with them if you want.

    Otherwise, for the short term the Nerdfighters have been working on this for a few days:
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=58339026829

    The event was only posted yesterday afternoon, but we already have over 30 people helping.

  15. 15 Sarah_Davis

    Christian has a good point. If you want to continue this project indefinitely, you might want to look into becoming a non-profit. I'm very involved with the Harry Potter Alliance and I know our upper-level staff have been going through the application process. I can try to get you in contact with them if you want.

    Otherwise, for the short term the Nerdfighters have been working on this for a few days:
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=58339026829

    The event was only posted yesterday afternoon, but we already have over 30 people helping.

  16. 16 Christian Siegert

    How long can you continue until you go (totally) broke?

    By watching your videos I felt for the first time a connection to the people who receive help. This is your big advantage over large organisations: We can see to whom the money goes and why. It is not anonymous. We can see their joy. It feels like real one to one help.

    You should make use of this advantage. Judging from your comment your project either ends or has to take on a new direction. I suggest you become more professional. Found a charity, apply for tax exemption, start a program to directly address potential donors and build up a community of volunteer helpers (for administration, marketing, etc.).

    If you fail, well, you can say you tried and did your best. (And admittedly, it is quite a challenge.) If you don't try you will never know if it could have succeeded.

    I for one would like to help you to accomplish that. (E-mail me)

  17. 17 Christian Siegert

    How long can you continue until you go (totally) broke?

    By watching your videos I felt for the first time a connection to the people who receive help. This is your big advantage over large organisations: We can see to whom the money goes and why. It is not anonymous. We can see their joy. It feels like real one to one help.

    You should make use of this advantage. Judging from your comment your project either ends or has to take on a new direction. I suggest you become more professional. Found a charity, apply for tax exemption, start a program to directly address potential donors and build up a community of volunteer helpers (for administration, marketing, etc.).

    If you fail, well, you can say you tried and did your best. (And admittedly, it is quite a challenge.) If you don't try you will never know if it could have succeeded.

    I for one would like to help you to accomplish that. (E-mail me)

  18. 18 Christian Siegert

    How long can you continue until you go (totally) broke?

    By watching your videos I felt for the first time a connection to the people who receive help. This is your big advantage over large organisations: We can see to whom the money goes and why. It is not anonymous. We can see their joy. It feels like real one to one help.

    You should make use of this advantage. Judging from your comment your project either ends or has to take on a new direction. I suggest you become more professional. Found a charity, apply for tax exemption, start a program to directly address potential donors and build up a community of volunteer helpers (for administration, marketing, etc.).

    If you fail, well, you can say you tried and did your best. (And admittedly, it is quite a challenge.) If you don't try you will never know if it could have succeeded.

    I for one would like to help you to accomplish that. (E-mail me)

  19. 19 Christian Siegert

    How long can you continue until you go (totally) broke?

    By watching your videos I felt for the first time a connection to the people who receive help. This is your big advantage over large organisations: We can see to whom the money goes and why. It is not anonymous. We can see their joy. It feels like real one to one help.

    You should make use of this advantage. Judging from your comment your project either ends or has to take on a new direction. I suggest you become more professional. Found a charity, apply for tax exemption, start a program to directly address potential donors and build up a community of volunteer helpers (for administration, marketing, etc.).

    If you fail, well, you can say you tried and did your best. (And admittedly, it is quite a challenge.) If you don't try you will never know if it could have succeeded.

    I for one would like to help you to accomplish that. (E-mail me)

  20. 20 Stella

    You certainly have a very interesting take on the belief that we can be the generation that ends extreme poverty and likely an academic understanding – why not apply for a fullbright or look into dosomething.org grants?

  21. 21 Stella

    You certainly have a very interesting take on the belief that we can be the generation that ends extreme poverty and likely an academic understanding – why not apply for a fullbright or look into dosomething.org grants?

  22. 22 Stella

    You certainly have a very interesting take on the belief that we can be the generation that ends extreme poverty and likely an academic understanding – why not apply for a fullbright or look into dosomething.org grants?

  23. 23 Stella

    You certainly have a very interesting take on the belief that we can be the generation that ends extreme poverty and likely an academic understanding – why not apply for a fullbright or look into dosomething.org grants?

  24. 24 Mara

    Just so we know, how much per month are your living/operating expenses? How much would you need to keep UP going? Most importantly, how much does health insurance cost in Bangladesh- thats the one thing that you really really need (imo) that you dont have already. You cant help people if you get sick or hurt.

  25. 25 Mara

    Just so we know, how much per month are your living/operating expenses? How much would you need to keep UP going? Most importantly, how much does health insurance cost in Bangladesh- thats the one thing that you really really need (imo) that you dont have already. You cant help people if you get sick or hurt.

  26. 26 Mara

    Just so we know, how much per month are your living/operating expenses? How much would you need to keep UP going? Most importantly, how much does health insurance cost in Bangladesh- thats the one thing that you really really need (imo) that you dont have already. You cant help people if you get sick or hurt.

  27. 27 Mara

    Just so we know, how much per month are your living/operating expenses? How much would you need to keep UP going? Most importantly, how much does health insurance cost in Bangladesh- thats the one thing that you really really need (imo) that you dont have already. You cant help people if you get sick or hurt.

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