Providing Lesotho's Children with Keys to the World

This is the story of our efforts to end the vicious cycle of poverty, disease, inadequate education, and early death
in a remote rural community in Lesotho, Africa, by providing quality education and life skills
to the young children there. Join us on our journey ...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Aaron's photos

Aaron has posted some really nice photos on his blog. This is just a sample. Check them all out at:

Aaron's blog

-- Janissa

Filing for tax-exempt status with the IRS cont.

I'm still plugging away at the monstrous IRS form required to get our official nonprofit tax-exempt status, but I've made significant progress and hope to have it out in a couple days. In addition to the 14-page form & one 2-page schedule, I've written 7 pages (!) of narrative for the many "If you answered 'Yes', explain in detail" questions.

I've been asked why this is so important. Most grant foundations and donors require an organization to have IRS 501(c)(3) status in order to apply for funding. It's also required in order for us to use websites like Facebook Causes and to collect individual donations online.

-- Janissa

OLPCorps application process updated

Well, OLPCorps Africa still hasn't announced WHEN they will open their application process for 2010, but they have updated the information on their website, changing 2009 to 2010, so we have to assume that we no longer need to worry about IF there will be grants in 2010.

None of the other details of the process have been changed, so maybe we can also assume the program will be very similar to the 2009 program.

-- Janissa