Dear donors, friends of Sophie and member of the Order of the Crimson Poppy.
Though this fundraiser has ended, OotCP is still accepting donations. We would love your support! Currently, we are supporting Kadogo Oshumo at the Moringe Sokoine School in Monduli, Tanzania for the next 4 years. You can see updates on her progress here:
If you would like to make a donation please contact me using the above link. Donations made here incur more fees and we would like to put as many funds as possible towards supporting a second girl.
As of 2016 we are halfway to reaching US$4,000.00 and a second 4-year scholarship. Thanks for all your support until now!
My sister Sophie ended her struggle with mental illness on April 29, 2015. After years of struggle she left this world. Through her own, self imposed, suffering she was always keenly aware of the plight of those less fortunate. Her intention to help children was borne out of her own challenging youth and started after we both visited Tanzania on a school trip in early 1990.
In happier and more productive times she formed the "Order of the Crimson Poppy" late in 2010.
Visit the Order of the Crimson Poppy facebook fanpage: www.facebook.com/OotCrimsonPoppy
Her intention was to use rental proceeds from a family owned property in Curacao to support the basic needs of poor children in Tanzania. As her oldest brother, I was a founding member and championed her initiative. Though Sophie helped with interior design and intermittently with day to day running of the hostel, her illness prevented her from being involved as much as she would have liked.
Since 2012 I have been running www.PoppyHostelCuracao.com as a budget holiday accommodation and from early 2014 the project has donated to the local food bank (Voedselbank Curacao) and the Children's hospital on Curacao (Mucha pa Mucha). With your help I would like to fundraise and expand the scope and level of our efforts.
Sophie was always more concerned with the plight of others than her own. Although she had the best of intentions, her disorder prevented any concrete plan of action. Now that she is free from her suffering I will turn her intentions into action and continue her initiative.
As I write this, her family is preparing for her memorial and funeral. I have been inundated with messages of support, condolences and questions of: "How can we help?" We have enough flowers, and friends and family are joining us to farewell her in the coming days. We value every bit of support and also realize that there is only so much we can physically accomplish in our grief.
We value any and all donations in her name to help expand our efforts and turn Sophie's memory into a force for good. I will be publishing a book of her poetry and those who donate will have the opportunity to receive a personal copy as thanks for their contribution.
Not everyone can donate with a credit card, there are other ways:
paypal: via firstname.lastname@example.org (indicate that this is for "Crimson Poppy")
IBAN (International Bank Account Number) to: NL49 RABO 3314 5025 59
(you may only need the last 10 numbers)
We had the Wake and Funeral on the 5th and 6th of May. I have set up a Memorial Website:
Please visit this to see and share photos, videos and condolences. Music from the services will be available and there will be functionality to add and read stories about Sophie.
I thank you for any help you can give. Phie is Free!
A month on and we are almost halfway to our goal. The fundraiser will run until a day after what would have been Sophie's 40th Birthday. Thanks for all your donations so far. I'm currently exploring a suitable, effective and directly funded project to put your donations to the best possible use and create a lasting memory in Sophie's honor.
To this end I have a meeting (mid-June) with old teachers and friends at the International School of Dusseldorf. As part of this community from 89-95, the Klep kids made 2 trips to Monduli, Tanzania. My goal is to find a find a fitting way to create something there. Sophie was always very attached to the school community there and I'm sure she's smiling at our efforts. Many of them still remember Sophie to this day.
The more donations we receive the more we can achieve! Even if you can not donate, please help spread the word in whatever way possible. Feel free to reach out to me with any ideas. Maybe you have an initiative of your own? The Order of the Crimson Poppy is an inclusive group and I welcome any and all support.