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Support and Troubleshooting / Bible Pay Transactions Not Going through
« Last post by thossoma on July 30, 2018, 09:54:22 pm »
I have tried to send BBP from the wallet on my computer to the wallet on my android without success.  The strange thing is that it has over 200 confirmations it says, but I have no evidence on my phone wallet that something is trying to come in.  I have also tried to send BBP to my southXchange wallet without success.  In the past I was able to press send and almost instantly see a pending transaction on my android.  Is there something that I am missing here?
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General Discussion / BLOOM Sierra Leone Sponsorships Impact Report
« Last post by orphandefender on July 30, 2018, 04:58:05 pm »
Hi again everyone, I also have exciting news from Sierra Leone! We just got photos, letters AND report cards from last term for the 4 kids sponsored by Bible Pay!

Mabinty Kamara:





Aminata D Kamara:




Foday Kamara:




Mohammed Fonah:




As a reminder, children in Sierra Leone receive 3 meals per day with this sponsorship, but we have separate fundraisers for their school fees/uniforms/shoes/supplies and their Christmas gifts. We are currently raising money for their school fees that are due September 1st. These children are all in the process of being transferred to foster or extended families right now, as the orphanage is being forced to close it's doors and be transformed into a community center (which will also serve these kids in other ways).

Quick fact: Sierra Leone has one of the lowest life expectancies in the world, with 49 years old for males and 51 years old for females.

Thank you for the life-changing impact your sponsorship has on these children's lives.

Sincerely,
April
Executive Director, BLOOM
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General Discussion / BLOOM Uganda Sponsorships Impact Report
« Last post by orphandefender on July 30, 2018, 04:27:16 pm »
EXCITING NEWS FROM UGANDA! BiblePay currently sponsors 10 orphans in Uganda through BLOOM who go to school at Side By Side Christian Ministries. I just got letters and photos from almost all of them (still trying to get one more letter), addressed to BiblePay, thanking you for your sponsorship! Here they are:

Rania- 5 yrs old



Hakim- 9 years old



Favor- 8 yrs old



Praise- 7 yrs old



Isaac- 4 yrs old



Laira-10 yrs old



Musigale- 10 yrs old



Sharon- 10 yrs old



Sylvia- 12 yrs old



Edrine- 13 yrs old


As a reminder, Side by Side Christian Ministries in Rakai, Uganda, rescues a child out of an abusive foster or biological home and places them in a Christian boarding school until a suitable family placement can be found. Children are provided education at one of the best schools in Uganda and are given everything they need each month including: food, housing, school fees, uniforms, necessities, etc.

A few statistics:
Every 20 minutes a child is orphaned in Uganda.
Rakai District has continued to experience high HIV rates at 12%, compared to the national average of 7.3%.

Thank you all for this life-changing support to these children.

April
Executive Director, BLOOM
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Production Proposals / Re: BLOOM Sustainable Farm to Feed Orphans - Uganda
« Last post by orphandefender on July 30, 2018, 12:26:25 pm »
Is the farm a community project? This helps to lift the entire group (children included, but not exclusively?). I question whether the focus of helping poor children (in the charities supported thus far) may be diluted by supporting this specific project. I realize poor children need the help of adults to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually... I just wonder if the focus of helping poor children is diluted by support this project as well. Thoughts?

Hi there- Thanks for your input. This is a great question and I hope I can shed some light on deeper issues that surround orphan care. I hope I am understanding your concern correctly with my response, but if not, please let me know. A couple of things in my experience with international orphan care: It would be unfair to separate the poor kids from the orphans in the community, especially as orphans already face a stigma. We want to keep them integrated, not segregated, thus the school serves many in the community, the poor children and the orphaned. Also, there are many reasons in a community why children become orphans (not all "orphans" have no living parents, but many are not able to be cared for by parents, and they are just as much in need: Reasons for kids becoming orphans: kids are taken away through the court system due to abuse or neglect; their parent(s) pass away; the family abandons the child simply due to poverty. These are all problems that must be solved at a community level to prevent kids from becoming orphans in the first place. Otherwise, we will always face the "orphan crisis" and it will never resolve itself.

That said, a large number of the children at the Dove school in Uganda are orphans, and the project idea is to help develop the entire community so that orphans can be reintegrated into families. When it comes to orphan care, the entire community must be mobilized to care for their own, otherwise, there is no long term solution to help these children (we cannot do it all for them). Sponsorship is great, and necessary, as a short-term solution. Family-based care and community development as a long-term solution are needed to prevent families from giving up their children, losing their children due to abuse, neglect or poverty, or to prevent the death of family members leaving behind orphaned children. Putting on bandaids are needed, but this approach long-term will never break the cycle of children becoming orphans. They must eventually be integrated into families when possible, whether foster families or extended biological families, or we must try to keep families together.  The farm will be run by the community, teach the orphans valuable farming skills so they can employ themselves this way as one option in the future, and will even teach community members how to better produce food and lift themselves out of poverty. Much of the reason for kids in Uganda being orphaned is poverty of their parents. The parents either pass away from disease or malnutrition due to poverty.

There is much research that has allowed the international community to conclude that institutionalized care long-term is very harmful to children's development (assuming you can put kids into SAFE family-based care), and that community empowerment is a necessary step to long-term solutions. I'm happy to point you to some websites that show this for further research if you would like.  Thanks for your inquiry so we can provide some education on this topic. It was a very good question!
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Production Proposals / Re: Legal Formation of The BiblePay Foundation
« Last post by orphandefender on July 30, 2018, 12:11:27 pm »
I'm so excited to see this happen, especially if it is incorporated in my home state of Texas. Praying for a smooth incorporation for BBP. This is an awesome step in the development of the project.
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Production Proposals / Re: BLOOM Sustainable Farm to Feed Orphans - Uganda
« Last post by sunk818 on July 30, 2018, 12:03:23 pm »
Is the farm a community project? This helps to lift the entire group (children included, but not exclusively?). I question whether the focus of helping poor children (in the charities supported thus far) may be diluted by supporting this specific project. I realize poor children need the help of adults to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually... I just wonder if the focus of helping poor children is diluted by support this project as well. Thoughts?
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Production Proposals / Re: Legal Formation of The BiblePay Foundation
« Last post by BT on July 30, 2018, 10:38:09 am »
This is awesome!
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Mining - General / How long until worker/wallet will appear...
« Last post by benjithall1983 on July 29, 2018, 02:10:33 am »
How long until worker/wallet will appear in purepool stat page? Started mining less that 24 hours ago.
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Production Proposals / Re: Legal Formation of The BiblePay Foundation
« Last post by BonziC1 on July 28, 2018, 08:45:26 pm »
Hey 616westwarmoth,

Here are my professional opinions.

Please note that Rob will have to say whether or not my opinions are correct for the BiblePay Foundation. I'll just answer on how our firm has seen it with other clients.

Is there a reason to incorporate in Texas versus Delaware (beyond the residency status of the lead dev)?

The question of domicile isn't always a cut and dry one. In the case of Delaware ("DE"), yes, all of the law schools in the country teach this, as their general corporate law is a model for many other states (like Nevada (the DE of the West Coast)).

However, in this case, I completely agree with Rob's decisions to incorporate in Texas:

- First, Texas non-profit corporations are viewed no differently than those of DE or anywhere else in the USA to the Internal Revenue Service. The same stipulations that are required of any entity's governing documents (regardless of venue) can be inserted with a TX entity or a DE entity.
- Second, it actually is faster to set up a Texas entity than a DE one, and if Rob has someone who can be the Registered Agent, those fees are usually lower in TX as well (especially if it is a local RA).

Will the DAO function where the President oversees but only votes in case of a tie, or will the President's role be a normal voting role (both methods are common in the real world)?
If the later, that is the President gets a normal vote, then would it behoove the system to have one more or one less board member to eliminate the possibility of ties?

Assuming a corporation is the structure that we are discussing; the roles would be as follows:
- Corporate Officers/Executive team - This team handles the day-to-day operations of the company in their respective capacities. They are voted in, and serve at the please of the Board of Directors. Although they make vote on operational issues in the trenches, unless they are also Board Members, they typically would not handle the vision and strategy of the entity.
- Board of Directors - The Board creates the vision and strategy for the entity, and rarely gets involved in the day-to-day operations. In smaller companies, many times you do see the Board and the Officers are one in the same; As the organization grows, you end up with larger Boards, and more "independent Board Members" (those who do not hold positions in the company). The Board votes in executives and officers, and the Board would probably be voted appointed by either the Sanctuaries, or a sub-committee of the Board who would bring it to vote.

What will the term of the members be?  Can protections be written to only allow Sanctuaries of a certain age to be allowed to vote (to reduce the incentive to pop up a bunch at voting time and then drop them after)?  Or perhaps could voting more resilient in another way?

I've seen some big issues in the past with this in smaller non-profits; They have an idea to have staggered appointments for Board Members, and term limits, in their governing documents, and when it comes time to put them into practice, they simply don't work.

I am not opposed to term-limits, however, I also am not interested in changing something that is working (continuity for the BiblePay Foundation is very important). I have some ideas, but I'll wait till one of the core team asks for input; I'd rather see what they come up with they think works.

Have a blessed rest of the weekend!
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Production Proposals / Re: BLOOM Sustainable Farm to Feed Orphans - Uganda
« Last post by znffal on July 28, 2018, 08:31:34 pm »
Sounds great :)
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