Donation Match Campaign – Double Your Scholarship Dollar!
In developing countries around the world, youth who are intellectually gifted but mobility-impaired face a future of near-certain poverty, simply because they cannot afford or attend traditional in-person instruction at a local university. However, by combining the miracle of LSEE scholarships with the efficiencies of online learning, even the poorest students can now receive vital vocational training or college educations. With an inexpensive laptop, an internet connection and free (or low cost) online course, bright, motivated students with mobility disabilities can enjoy a future that was once unthinkable. What’s more, when you give to LSEE, your donation will be matched 100% by two generous LSEE donors until we meet our campaign goal.
For just a few hundred dollars, you could help a promising student receive the education they need to be a graphic designer, computer programmer, trade professional, or become proficient in English. We now have nine students in our program, in Peru, Uganda and Vietnam. The average scholarship cost is about $800 per student. Some of our scholars only needed a laptop. Courses range from $20 to $600 and vary from university to trade school enrollment.
Donating today helps support a scholar’s life-long dream of earning stable income. Please donate today and help us double the dollars towards scholarships for these bright and determined scholars.
Please help us raise $10,000 to support twenty or more scholars for immediate online learning to opportunities. Two generous supporters will fund up to half of this, if you will help us fund the other half. Every dollar you donate will be doubled in impact towards funding more scholarships. We hope to raise $10,000 through GoFundMe in order to maximize this generous matching opportunity.
Covid Response for Online Learning Opportunities
If you have read this far, you may be thinking: “This is a very complicated program for a global pandemic.” It’s not, really. The Covid-19 virus forced educational institutions around the world to adopt internet learning. A major barrier that kept wheelchair users from attending schools and colleges has vanished. In response, we are fundraising to provide immediate scholarships for an increasing amount of students interested in accessing institutions with online learning.
“I'm really thankful for the opportunity you're giving me to study Digital Business at Pacifico University in Lima. As you know, because of my health condition I can't study normal courses, therefore this online course is perfect for me. Again, thanks for helping me to achieve it. God bless you.”
-Nathaly M., Peru. LSEE Scholar
LSEE Scholars Rise Above
Imagine you live in a developing country. Let’s just pick – Peru. When you were born, there were complications, your spine was injured, and you were told you never could walk. Your family is happy, together, but poor, very poor. They carried you to the school nearby, every day. When you got older and became too heavy, a church donated a wheelchair, and they pushed you to school. You graduated from high school. All your life you wanted to get a job, help your family, and maybe start one of your own. You are intelligent. You want to learn more, gain a skill, use your mind. Your family is just barely getting by. There are trade schools and universities in your city, but this all costs money, amounts that are beyond your reach.
“Having a job is the only way to release my burden on my family. I want to be a good Tailor, and make beautiful clothes for people. I want to earn my own living to afford medicine treating my spinal cord trauma. Making high-grade clothes is a suitable career for me because I don’t have to move much and can also stay home to work. I hope to master these skills and teach other disabled people like me.”
-Tham, Vietnam. LSEE Scholar enrolled in a Tailor Apprenticeship.
Then imagine that you are offered funding through an LSEE Scholarship towards your career development. A few good samaritans from the other side of the globe are encouraging and funding your education. You feel revitalized, relieved and excited, knowing now you have hope to rise above and fulfill your purpose. Together, both Scholars and Donors can resonate the warmth of God’s love through our collaborative actions. LSEE advocates equality and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, gender, religion, or political beliefs.
“I thank God for everything he gave me and I am very grateful. I read once that He will make you fall but He will also lift you up and I always thank him for that.”
-Danny F., Peru. LSEE Scholar & high school student enrolling in additional online English courses and hopes to attend Law School in the future.
My wife Laurie and I started Free Wheelchair Mission 20 years ago. Since then, this non-profit has provided 1.2 million wheelchairs for free to people living in the developing world. Over these years, our partners who distribute our wheelchairs have met hundreds of young people with who want to develop their skills or further their education, who have the mental capacity to do this, but lack the finances. Laurie passed away in 2017, but she left many of us feeling we had more to do. So, entirely separate from Free Wheelchair Mission, we started the Laurie Schoendorfer Endowment for Education, or LSEE. LSEE provides scholarships to qualified applicants who express a desire to become self-supporting, to help their families or start their own. In so doing this, their examples will help erase the marginalization against humans with physical disabilities – around the world.
Thank you & God Bless,
Don Schoendorfer, LSEE Founder & Board Member
LSEE is a 501 C3 non-profit.