Help Restore A Young Man's Dreams

Help Restore A Young Man's Dreams

From Christian Okeke

I am trying to raise money to clear loans, and hopefully restore my business. In return, I am making a commitment to give back to the Fundly community as soon as I am back on my feet.

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Update #2

6 months ago

It's been about a week now. No donations.
I am still hopeful that something will happen.
Please help with the little you can.

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NOTE: You don't have to give me money for free! I have digital skills, and I can do any task which could be done remotely, in exchange for a donation. Website Design and Development, Graphics Design, Software (Desktop and Mobile), 3D Animation, and I can type very fast (average of 50-60AWPM on Mavis Beacon). I can also hold private tutorials for your kids or for you on Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry topics (those are the three I am very good at).

A little background information on how I got to this point.

I am male, Nigerian, I will turn 25 this year, and I still have dreams, unfulfilled.

(The zip code option wouldn't let me fill six digits, so I entered the five that were accepted.)

When I was younger, I did believe that I would grow to be a philanthropist. Why does it seem like there is so much money everywhere, and yet people are suffering? Why do men have to ask for something in return before helping a young girl? I knew what to do - I had to earn money, lots of it, and then show the world that there is nothing worth having if it can't be shared cheerfully.

And then the journey started. For six years, I worked with a firm and earned about $120 every month, splitting my pay in two - three quarters to my mum to help build her business, and the other quarter to help fund transport and (in extreme cases) food. I stayed with my parents so I didn't have any other bills to settle.

At a point, I had to leave work and go to college. My mum's business at the time (and even now) was flourishing, and they (my parents) could practically cater for all of us without worries, but the independent young man I had become wouldn't relent.

So I came to school with a laptop and a printer slung under my arm, offered internet services to classmates, and in return, began to save up some money for myself. I once had to work with the school's ICT, and then a contractor, but after two long years, I was able to save up and start a small shop. But there had to be consequences. My grades suffered, and by third year, I had to withdraw from school with permission to see to my new business and watch it grow.

WHY I NEED DONATIONS

Recently, an associate introduced me to forex traders who took capital and after a certain number of days, gave returns. I invested, and the first time turned out alright. I was even able to use some of the money to offset more expenses at the business centre I ran.

I took loans (with promised interest) the second time around from more people, hoping that I would be able to return their money and still have enough to expand my business.

Then tragedy struck!

It turned out that these set of traders were not genuine (serves me right eh?), even though I did some research on them, and saw that they even had a registered company name. The amount of money is large enough for me to go and start looking for them to make an arrest and all that, but knowing the system of the country I live in, it is probably going to take me months to find them, and then more weeks to successfully arraign them, and then, if I get lucky, perhaps a year from now, after several adjournments, I might win the case.

I have exams in two weeks' time, my creditors will be breathing down my back in about three weeks' time (21st is the earliest), and I do have a business to look after.

It's been days since I left my school dorm. I can't think straight. Is this how it will all end? A bad name? With all the services I have rendered? All the help I have offered? I have asked for help on my Whatsapp status, but after two weeks, I haven't even gotten up to $60 from my contacts. Now I appeal to all kindhearted individuals reading this; anything you give will go a long way in restoring my faith in humanity.

IF FOR PERSONAL REASONS YOU DO NOT WANT TO GIVE, NO HARD FEELINGS. DON'T WORRY, I AM STRONG-WILLED. I WON'T COMMIT SUICIDE. WORST CASE, I WILL SERVE TIME, OR LOSE MY ASSETS, MAYBE BE FORCED TO LIQUIDATE. BUT I WON'T COMMIT SUICIDE.

IF YOU WANT TO GIVE BUT STILL NEED FURTHER VERIFICATION, I HAVE IDENTIFICATION CARDS, A VERIFIABLE HOME ADDRESS AND BUSINESS ADDRESS, AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Please help me back on my feet, and I pledge to make a donation on this site to a cause every month, as soon as I am back on my feet. There are no giving levels; every single donation will keep my hope alive.

Current Goal: $2,000

Overall Goal: $4,000

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Christian Okeke posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #2

It's been about a week now. No donations.
I am still hopeful that something will happen.
Please help with the little you can.

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Christian Okeke posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #1

I have not been able to add my bank details to Stripe. Nigeria is not in the list of countries where they offer their services.

Please time is running out on me. Site webmaster, please could you provide an alternate means through which I could receive donations?

I think I should also create a campaign on another crowdfunding site, and stop when the sum is up to the needed amount.

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