This 20-minute documentary about Mercy Beyond Borders' work in South Sudan will be showing at the Santa Barbara, California, Film Festival at the end of this month. If you live in the area, please come on Jan 31 or Feb 4. The film's director and producer, Chris Jenkins, will be there in person and would love to meet you and talk with you about the people of Sudan and the projects of Mercy Beyond Borders. Details at top of poster above.
I am Sr Marilyn Lacey writing this blog with some upsetting news: This week we experienced Mercy Beyond Borders' "15 min of fraud." Perhaps it was inevitable that someone in cyberspace would try to hijack our good reputation and fundraising base; well, it happened on Monday. An impostor set up a fake FaceBook site using my name and photo and pretending to represent Mercy Beyond Borders, asking readers to send money via Western Union to a man in Kampala. Anyone who responded was then sent an email purporting to be from me, giving details on sending the money. FaceBook quickly shut down the false page, but not before several good-hearted MBB supporters sent money. Aaargh.
The impostor may try again, so beware. I would NEVER ask you to send money to an individual. All of our fundraising is directly to Mercy Beyond Borders.
Here is the FALSE info used by the impostor: www.facebook.com/mariylnlacey [note the misspelling of my name] email@example.com [we've asked Google to shut this down, but are not sure it will be done]
Here is the CORRECT info: www.FaceBook.com/MercyBeyondBorders firstname.lastname@example.org
Please write me (email@example.com) if you notice any further suspicious activity. Thanks!
Haiti is rebuilding. Streets are busy, commerce is underway, day laborers pound fallen concrete walls into small pebbles suitable for repaving the streets. All the major NGOs from the Clinton Foundation to the United Nations, are active in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
Mercy Beyond Borders is also investing in the future of Haiti--but not in bricks and mortar, and not in the capital city. We're investing in Haiti's human capital and we are doing so in the rural mountains north of Port-au-Prince. To be more specific, we're investing in young Haitian women by giving them academic scholarships. These young women, we believe, will become Haiti's future teachers, medical personnel, law-makers, and business owners. They will value education for their families. They will help Haiti heal.
Assistant teacher Alex Akuer chats with Julie Lynch, the American librarian who worked with Mercy Beyond Borders to bring a library to St Bakhita Girls Primary School in Narus, South Sudan. To see the spontaneous eruption of JOY among the girls at the arrival of the bookshelves and brand new story books, check out the 1-min video on our website main page: www.mercybeyondborders.org.