Lex Cowan here, working hard as usual. Hope this letter finds you well. I have been in Idaho since 2008 working on my Bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation. This degree will prepare me to work with individuals with “special needs” and that is the reason I am sending you this letter.
As you may know, I have a passion to help others as well as travel. Wouldn’t it be amazing to do both? Well I have that opportunity knocking at my door. I have the opportunity to travel to the east coast of India and work through an organization called Rising Star Outreach. You may have heard me talk about this, but just in case, here some information for you about the amazing work they do and the difference they are making in India.
Leprosy in India is considered a curse. Those who contract the disease are outcast from society and are often consigned to remote leprosy colonies where they have no choice but to beg for their survival. Rising Star Outreach helps these families by educating their children, offering medical treatment, and, using micro-credit; giving parents a way to go from begging on the streets to becoming self-sufficient. Can you think of any better way to spend your summer? I can’t! My sister and I will be traveling to India this summer to volunteer with Rising Star Outreach.
I’m writing to invite you to join me this summer as my stateside partner in my efforts to help families affected by leprosy. Each volunteer is expected to raise funds to help pay for the programs and initiatives of Rising Star like the children’s school, medical clinic, and colony support projects. A small part of that money also covers the cost of my stay. Please join me in making this happen! I know that many of you will feel similarly inspired by the work of Rising Star Outreach. Rising Star requires that I include at least twenty-five other people in my commitment to serve with the idea that everyone involved will share in the blessings of my service.
By contributing $50 or more, you will become a Volunteer Partner. I hope, while I’m in India, you will follow my blog at lexcana08.blogspot.com(this site) and keep up to date on the work I’ll be doing. As my stateside partner, you will be helping to facilitate that work.
I will be leaving for India on May 25th and have been asked to have my money in to Rising Star by May 20th. If you would like to partner with me on this project, you can sponsor by:
CHECK - Leave a comment asking for the form and i will email it to you
CREDIT CARD - go to www.risingstaroutreach.org/volunteerpartners and follow the directions.
I hope you’ll be able to join me as a partner in this adventure! It will be an honor to have you along for the ride.
Together, we can bring hope to people in need.
Alexander (Lex) J Cowan