The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Chicago 2015, May 2-3

Heart of A thousand Hills

I started this organization as a way to honor my mother.

I am a survivor of the Rwandan 1994 genocide, but my mother and many other family members were not as fortunate. Years past I found it very difficult to even talk about my mother or the genocide, so I decided to created a way to always positively acknowledge my loss.

This organization is in honor and memory of her. Whenever I am asked about it, I am forced to outwardly pay homage to her beautiful life.



Our organization raises funds to support Rwandan street kids and orphans, many who like myself have lost a parent. We support them with school supplies, and uniforms so they can have the essentials to fulfill their educational pursuit.



The funds are mainly raised here in Chicago by our fundraising events, and then I travel to Rwandan every year to buy the supplies locally and personally deliver the supplies.



We are in our first year,and last year we partnered with a Rwandan center that provided free education for selected vulnerable children. However, these children did not have any writing materials, book bags or even a uniform(which is required for every student).After a year of fundraising I was able to travel to Rwanda and buy and deliver all the supplies. We were blessed enough to provide school supplies, uniform and even shoes for all 60 students that we partnered with.

What new functionality we are looking for

Currently we just need a functioning website, as our page reads; we are under construction. I believe that is an understatement.



Donate Tab:

We need our website to have a Donate Button. There have been many times where someone has wanted to give, but could not find a way to do so online.



Event Update:

We raise most of our funds through various events in the city, and online campaign events too. We need to have a efficient way to tell people about our events, and give them a link to look it up when needed. With an event button our donors and supporters can know well in advance what we have going on and how to get involved.



Social Media:

We would like our website connected to our social media. We strive hard to build a social media presence so we can form a way to engage and connect on as much of a personal level as possible. Social media will also help drive traffic, and hopefully create an easy way for our work to be shared with others.



Testimonials:

We want our page to be as much about the kids as possible. It is their words and experiences that lead the passion behind the organization. At the end of the day we are doing this for the children, and they should be the biggest highlight.



Contact Page:

We WANT people to email and call us! No secret address and phone numbers here!



Overview: Last but not least, we want our donors to fully understand our mission and what we are doing. We need a non complicated, transparent way to show them all that we do.



How the new functionality will help


A website will legitimize us. If we are asking for money and support we should at least have a platform where donors can learn about who we are.



A website will really help in gaining board remember. I have been hesitant to recruit board members because we do not have a way to showcase our, or a place where people can go and volunteer to support us.



Honestly, at this point, a website would be everything to us. With a website we can essentially work 24/7--because we will always have a presence.

How our organization will use the technology

Who will use the technology

5 Messages from Supporters

2015-04-03 00:56:39 UTC
Jasmine

I am all about HOTH! I attended one of their events in Chicago, and it was so amazing! I truly hope to see more of them and wish them great success.

2015-04-03 01:10:53 UTC
Alex Ishimwe

I work with Nina, the ED/ Founder. We served in City Year together, and it is great to see her continuing to serve. I remember talking to her back when we were AmeriCorps Members and even then she was so passionate about doing something for Rwanda. I’m glad to see the growth and success of HOTH.

2015-04-03 01:31:12 UTC
Kelly James

I recently learned what Nina is doing and I was inspired and impressed. I tried to share it along with some co-workers, just to spread the word but there was not much on the website. She told me her struggle and to visit this site to try and support her. I am not sure how this works, but I sure do it works in her favor. ☺

2015-04-03 02:48:03 UTC
Tiffany Adams

I recently learned what Nina is doing and I was inspired and impressed. I tried to share it along with some co-workers, just to spread the word but there was not much on the website. She told me her struggle and to visit this site to try and support her. I am not sure how this works, but I sure do it works in her favor. ☺

2015-04-03 04:07:59 UTC
Guy Harris

Go Rwanda!!! This small country needs to be recognized for it ‘s beauty- and potential. It has come a long way from 1994 and its good to see that it has people supporting it. Education is the key, and its nice to see how HOTH is trying to drive that mission.

Our Mission

Heart of A Thousand Hills' mission is to coordinate and provide essential school supplies and uniform to Rwandan orphans/street kids that do not have the adequate support in further enhancing their educational pursuit.