So, the initial campaign period is over. Our goal was to raise $40,000 before the end of the year and as shown on our website we are just $8,000 short of that. Our biggest milestone was $30,000 because at that point we had enough funds raised to open the cafe. The remaining $10,000 is needed to make sure the lights can stay on for the first 6-8 months of operation. After this, the internet cafe will be able to sustain itself.
We are still overjoyed to announce that we reached well over $30,000 and that on December 22nd, 2014, Internet Cafe no. 2 opened its doors in Bukavu.
When CEO, Anders, made his trip to Bukavu at the end of November, he spent time with Innocent, the Congolese entrepreneur behind these Internet Cafes. During their time together, Anders and Innocent made this video in order to give you all a better insight into the man behind the Cafes and the importance of the Internet Cafe.
So, we are still $8,000 short of our goal and we need to do something about it.
We decided PROJECT:Internet will continue to run until we reach our goal. Failing is not an option. We promised Innocent that we would support his dream of building out internet access in the Eastern Congo and we plan to keep this promise.
PROJECT:Internet’s sole purpose is to empower the people in Congo and support them in rebuilding their war torn country. This mission is critical for the stability we now see to be able to turn into long lasting peace. Change has to come from within and we are here to support it!
If you wish to support our mission, you can visit our website (www.fallingwhistles.com/project) to donate directly to PROJECT:internet, 100% of your donation will be used to fund the Internet Café. Or, as always, you can buy a whistle. Our goal is to invest 50% of our whistles sales into the remaining amount of our total goal.
We also ask that you share our mission with your friends. The more people behind us, the more impact we can have.
Towards peace in Congo!