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Fundraising For Ian's Education

Hi friends and family, I've started a fundraiser on M-Changa so that I can pursue undergraduate and graduate level programs for the first time.

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Dear family and friends, I’ve started a fundraiser so that I can take a series of undergraduate and graduate college programs for the first time in my life, over the next two years, as part of a purposeful redirection. If you’ve a minute, please take the time to read my story.

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It was 1994. I was a year out of high-school and helping to run the largest raisin importer in the USA from the spare room of the owner's house. The work was enjoyable, yet I was still quite uncertain as to what I wanted to do with my life. 

Then, a story started filtering out of Central Africa, an epic human tragedy unseen in most of our lifetimes. I was absolutely gripped by the scale of suffering as I read and watched everything I could about the unfolding Rwandan Genocide, in which almost 1,000,000 people would be murdered. 

I now knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to get on the next plane to Rwanda, to do whatever I could to help alleviate the pain of the survivors. 

Yet, I didn’t have any practical or professional skills to offer. Homeschooled for 11 years, I’d just graduated from my only year of formal schooling. The high school wasn’t even accredited and college hadn’t really been on my horizon. So, I immediately enrolled in and passed an Emergency Medical Technician course. I felt that this was the most practical skill that I could gain quickly, one that might be useful in a large-scale humanitarian emergency.  

Once I'd completed the EMT course, there of course wasn’t any need for emergency responders with basic medical skills in Rwanda. I wouldn’t have had a clue how to even engage in that scenario to start with. Still, I was determined to go to Africa and help others. 

By early 1995, I was in Zambia managing an emergency drought relief feeding program under the WFP covering two districts in the southern part of the country. I excelled, thrived, and found a vision of what I wanted to do in life. 

Life happened quickly after my first two years in Zambia. Marriage, moving back to Zambia for another three years, the birth of my son Cody, and 9/11. It would end up being over 20 years in Africa, filled with learning, love, heartbreak, divorce, success, epic work experiences, and ultimately, rock bottom failure. Many of you, my friends and family, will know my story, if only in parts. 

Two years ago, I attended a screening of the documentary For Sama. I walked out of the film in a daze, shaken. It was hours before the stupor passed. I knew then that I wanted the second half of my life to be dedicated to the reason I’d come to Africa in the 90’s. To ease the suffering of others caught in the midst of conflict and natural disasters. In the realm of emergency & disaster management, along with/or humanitarian logistics. 

Much of the incalculable knowledge I’ve gained over these years in Africa has broad application to disaster relief, yet, never having gone to college, I know that there are many essentials that I need to learn that will also lend credibility along the path to my return to the roots of my original passion in the years ahead. 

At the beginning of 2020, I started taking as many free online certificate courses as I could that would be beneficial to my new direction. Since then, I’ve compiled a group of partially graduate level courses that I plan to complete over the next two years. These courses will dovetail with the practical expertise that I’ve built over these years, filling in a lot of essential knowledge that I’ve missed, while giving me some of the credibility I need to eventually work with an international relief organization. 

The full list of programs and their related costs can be viewed at this link - https://bit.ly/program4IEC 

Getting back on my feet after a rough patch in life is a challenge in itself, let alone being able to pay for these courses. I need your help as I transition to this next phase of life. No amount is too small. It all adds up and will help me towards launching my rediscovered vision to help humanity and for that matter, to get a higher education for the first time in my life! I’m grateful for all of your support, both financially and in spirit.

Warmly, 

Ian Cox

Notes:

  • At this link you can view all that I’ve accomplished so far and track my progress over the next two years - https://bit.ly/certs4IEC 

  • Receipts for my related expenses can be viewed here - https://bit.ly/expenses4IEC

  • All funds raised above my target will be donated equally to the following humanitarian organizations.

            Women for Afghan Women
            Global Response Management
            EMERGENCY

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