The Blessing Basket Project

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By Theresa (97-86-173-192.static.stls.mo.charter.com - 97.86.173.192) on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 2:21 pm: Edit Post

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Theresa Wilson and I run an international U.S. based non profit called The Blessing Basket Project.


Much like one of the many objectives of your organization - we work to reduce global poverty. We are actually getting results and we have a bottom up approach where the money truly does get into the hands of those who need it.



What we do is buy baskets, pay the producers of the baskets more than anyone in the world, then market and tell the story of the weavers better than anyone in the world, sell the baskets throughout the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain and return all the profits to the weavers communities in the form of schools, wells etc.


We have been around for 3 years and have put the U.S. equivalent of 1.6 million directly into the hands of weavers across six countries.

I will be happy to email success stories out of Bangladesh where we have been working off and on for 3 years. We work with the Shimulia Mission in the Jessore region and serve more than 1,200 women.


This year alone we put more than $40,000 directly into the hands of Bengali weavers.



Now that you know all this we need some help. And we are hoping the PCV now serving in Khulna would know just the right person.



We currently have a liaison in Bangladesh that we believe may have misappropriated thousands of dollars intended for our poor weavers.



I am planning on traveling to Dhaka within the next 30 days to fully investigate what has happened - but I have no one there I can trust and I do not speak the language.



We are approaching you for two very specific things.



1) Put us in touch with someone we can trust to receive me when I come to Bangladesh. This person would act as a guide, and translator and would be paid a very fair wage. We would want to get in touch with that person now equip them with a cell phone and have them start making some pre-trip arrangements.

2) We would provide the funds for this person to go to the Shimulia Mission and make contact with someone there. This person does not have a phone and we can not reach them to tell them of the trouble we are having.





Thank you for any thing you can do to help suggest a trust worthy Bengali who can help me get around in the country.


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