This is an appeal that appeared in June of this year; it’s being republished again since last week and will continue to appear on top every week..
Dear Friends of awate.com,
It would be nice to have a deep pocketed sponsor to fund your activities. If we had one we wouldn’t solicit your help publicly. We never sought such a sponsor, NGO or otherwise.
Since the day awate.com was launched in September 1, 2000 (that is fourteen years ago), we made a choice to depend only on our own resources, and when we feel we needed your help, we solicited your support.
The last time we appealed for your support, in 2012, we set a target of $12,000. By April 15, 2012, we collected $5,138.00 (five-thousand, one-hundred and thirty-eight dollars less 3.95% fee for donations made through Paypal.)
When we solicited your support in 2012, awate.com had a daily traffic of around 7000 visitors. We hoped a fraction of those who benefit from their visit to awate would respond. The usual loyal friends did, as always. Today, as we appeal for your support, our traffic is growing exponentially. For the month of May only, we had 437,605 page views and 280,121 of them unique page views. On May 13, 2014 only, page views hit 23,000 mark. In due time we will share with you detailed stats and what they mean. For now, we hope you will think about why awate.com has such a traffic and what satisfying that traffic entails.
As we stated before, we have reached a stage where we need to expand our operation and run it in a more effective manner; we cannot achieve that on our own, we need your support. That is the only way to help the freedom of expression denied to Eritreans by the tyrant and his regime.
It is our hope that enough readers will be generous enough to help maintain this website that has been serving them for many years. We appeal to you to help us bear the burden by chipping in whatever your budget allows. You have always counted on us; we have also always counted on you.
Again, this time we are hoping to secure $12,000 for 2014. Going forward, we hope you will support awate.com in a sustainable way, a sustainable support of a certain amount on a regular basis. We have set our system to accommodate different types of support.
We admit we are not good at fundraising; if we focus on that, it will be at the expense of what we do best: delivering reliable high quality content. Instead of spending the limited time and resources that we have on fundraising, we prefer to focus on our main goal: Inform. Inspire. Embolden. Reconcile. We hope you, our readers, will be responsive and support awate.com generously to reach our goal of $12,000 for 2014.
PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR CIRCLES
Your support donation can be facilitated through the following means:
1. Credit and Debit Cards
Click the “Support awate.com” icon and it will take you to the support page. All payments are processed through Paypal. Your support will appear on your bank statement as “Paypal*awate.com”.
2. Bank Trasnsfer:Account Name: Awate.com
Bank: Bank Of America,
Acct #: 29570 76732
Swift ID: BOFAUS3N
3. Checks and money orders: Please send to the following mailing address:
P. O. Box 580151
Elk Grove, CA 95758
U S A
4. E-mail contact: write us on the following e-mail: email@example.com
Please contribute as generously as you can.
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Click Paypal Support awate.com image (pay at paypal to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
We appreciate your generosity, thank you.