Thank you so much for choosing to help Sangmarie complete his nursing training! Together we are improving the health of an entire community, and we are supporting an inspiring young leader who has a passion to serve.
For more information about Sangmarie Gomez and why maddy schafer and Trish McNair are working together to raise funds for his nursing training, please see our Sponsoring Sangmarie Gomez page in Facebook.
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You can make a one-off donation, or if you'd like to give Sangmarie some stability you can set up monthly support.
Whatever you decide, together with Sangmarie we thank you!
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Money Transparency - how we manage donations
How we collect donations
We have set up a separate PayPal account just for Sangmarie's fundraising and it will not be used for anything else. The email address for this PayPal account is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that it is not possible to withdraw money from a Gambian PayPal account to a Gambian bank account. Money in Gambian PayPal accounts can ONLY be used for shopping online.
Why we use Western Union to send money to Sangmarie
It's expensive to send money to The Gambia. maddy spent hours looking for a cost effective way and finally came to the conclusion there isn't one. Given what she knows now, the best option is Western Union. This is how it works:
- maddy moves available funds from PayPal into a New Zealand dollar bank account used only for Sangmarie's fundraising
- maddy sends New Zealand dollars to Sangmarie via Western Union who charge fees to convert them to Gambian Dalasi and complete the transaction; these fees are deducted from the total New Zealand dollars available
- Western Union bills the full cost of the transaction to maddy's New Zealand credit card
- maddy withdraws the funds from the New Zealand bank account and pays off her credit card
- maddy has checked with her accountant that she can do this without incurring tax liability.
We realise this payment method is less than elegant, however it is what we have been able to arrange with the time and resources available.
How much it costs to send money to Sangmarie
If we send NZ$150 to Sangmarie via Western Union, fees to move the money are NZ$28. This is 18.6 percent of the amount paid, nearly one fifth. However the transaction is completed in seconds and the total cost of the transaction is known before we send.
If we send money via bank to bank transfer the cost is higher because there are multiple bank fees. Additionally the transaction takes 3-7 days to complete, and the final cost is not known until after it's complete. This makes sending money harder to administer and we need to keep it simple.
Why we send funds in chunks
With Western Union larger payments still attract a fee but it's a lower proportion of the total sent, so larger payments are more cost effective to send.
This means we will ideally gather donations in PayPal until they reach at least NZ$500, and then send them to Sangmarie via Western Union as described above. Sometimes circumstances require us to send money in smaller chunks but we do our best to keep fees down.
Why we are sure Sangmarie will use your money well
I have watched Sangmarie handling money for more than a year now. He is responsible and intelligent with it, even and especially when there are conflicting demands. We are certain in our knowledge of this, but we decided to ask him to put it in writing as well. Here is a a photograph of his signed letter:
We also wanted the Headmaster of the school to have a copy of the letter, because he has shown great faith in Sangmarie. Here you can see Sangmarie with two copies of his letter, one for his records, and one for the Headmaster, Mr Dodou Sanyang.
If you have any questions or concerns about how we are handling your donation please message us on the Sponsoring Sangmarie Gomez page on Facebook.