Q: Where do you get the projects?

A: From direct contacts with international schools, service organizations, such as Rotary, and personal contacts. There is a known contact for each project.

Q: What percentage of the donations goes to the projects?

A: 100% of the funds received go to the projects.

Q: Why do you send a check or wire instead of the item?

A: Wherever possible, the item is purchased in the locale of the project. This assists the local community economy and avoids shipping costs and problems.

Q: How do you know that the Lantern Project funds are used for the intended project?

A: An agreement is signed by the recipient that states that 100% of the donated funds will be used for the intended project. Photographs are sent which show the project using the items that were purchased with Lantern Project funds. Other means include item receipts and personal visits by Lantern Projects donors.

Q: Why does Lantern Projects only fund tangible items?

A: The Lantern Project concept is for children and adults to be able to make a small contribution and see that it makes a difference. Children and adults understand tangible items. Training activities, salaries and other non-tangible items are harder to comprehend. Generally building projects are too costly for Lantern Projects. There are other organizations that fund these types of projects. Other types of projects such as payment of school fees or provision of micro-loans also are handled by other organizations.

Q: How much have the projects received?

A: Each project has received between $173 to $31,850 (for Cambodian water wells).

Q: What is the lowest amount of donation Lantern Project accepts?

A: Any amount is acceptable.

Q: How can I help?

A: Make a small donation. Forward the Lantern Project e-mail on to a friend. Suggest a Lantern Project to a group or school for a fundraising project.

Q: Do you have a mailing list?

A: You can subscribe to the mailing list by submitting your address information at: lanternprojects@comcast.net

Q: Why is it called Lantern Projects?

A: The name is derived from a project in a Kenyan village that did not have electricity where a school requested lanterns so that they could study at night. The cost of a lantern was $10. A group of students, teachers, administrators and parents got together and raised funds for this project. Everyone benefited. This was the model that was used to create Lantern Projects.

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