Lantern Projects is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 2003 to raise funds for small projects around the world. The projects request small amounts of funding for specific items. This enables adults and children an opportunity to contribute small amounts and see that they can really make a difference in someone's life.

Donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the donations received go to the projects. Projects are found through the international schools, service organizations, such as Rotary, and personal contacts. There is a known contact for each project. Recipients agree that 100% of the funds they receive will be used for purchase of the items. If applicable, associated organizations are listed in the description so that donors can obtain additional information. The project items are purchased in the locale. This assists the local economy and it avoids shipping costs and problems.
Throughout the year emails are sent to interested individuals. The first paragraph summarizes what the previous funds purchased. Then four new projects are described. Those who wish to donate may identify a particular project or they may choose not to designate their funds. In the latter case, the funds are divided among the projects. Individuals as well as school groups have donated funds. Schools are given contact information and relationships have developed.
The name Lantern Projects was based on a project for a school in rural Kenya where the students needed lanterns in order to be able to study at night. The lanterns cost $10.00 a piece. Some teachers, students and administrators got together and raised funds. Everyone saw how a small amount of money could make a big difference. The lantern symbol led to the motto of "Bringing the Light of Hope to Others".

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