Welcome to a new year filled with new possibilities!
In the last few months, Seeds of Africa has grown in leaps and bounds - we’ve grown our library to over 1,000 new books, completed our vegetable garden, and initiated exciting partnerships with such organizations as Working to Empower and NYU’s Wagner school of public policy.
But there’s still so much to be done! As you read this, our team is on the ground, improving our school curriculum and expanding our community education offerings. We’re also taking this time to step back and assess our methods and impacts, working with 3rd party consultants to determine our strengths and opportunity areas.
Moving forward, our goals this year include improving technology – both to provide high-speed online access to our students and to connect the center more directly with our team here in New York – making this specific project all the more important.
As always, none of our progress would be possible without your generous support, and so on behalf of our Seeds, staff, volunteers, and interns, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude for your continued support.
I hope you’ll stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks, and don’t forget to stop by our twitter and Facebook pages for up-to-the-minute news!
With love and appreciation,
I hope that you have enjoyed your summer as much as we here at Seeds of Africa have, for after three months of exciting academic accomplishments and creative endeavors, it's now time for us to embrace the new academic school year.
Last year our Seeds have celebrated a major accomplishment - more than 75% of our students are now placed in the top 5% of their public schools. This school year, we plan to further challenge ourselves, expanding our enrichment curriculum, and growing in new and exciting ways.
Specifically, our students at the take root center will be publishing their first school newspaper this semester. The Seeds will be researching and reporting on local issues, as well as taking photos, sharing their opinions on current affairs, and reviewing classroom art projects. We can't wait to share the Seeds Paper with you, so stay tuned for the first edition hot off the press this fall!
Our progress doesn't stop there though; this fall Seeds of Africa launched our first full-time elementary class, as well as our first adult literacy program designed to serve our Seeds parents. As with the current "Seasoned Seeds", our new students will be enrolled in a bi-lingual enrichment program including math, science, reading, and the arts. Our adult literacy class will continue throughout the school year, and will lay the foundation for the promoting financial stability and prosperity of our families.
Here in the US, the Seeds team celebrated the launch of our new website and the success of our summer fundraisers. In addition, we were recently honored to participate in such prestigious conferences as the Dell Social Innovation Initiative at Brown University and the ACRN Conference on Social-Entreprenueriship in Austria.
As always, none of this progress would have been possible without your generous support, and so on behalf of our Seeds, staff, volunteers, and interns, I would like to offer my sincere gratitude for your continued support.
Thank you for making our mission a reality!
Since beginning our partnership with GlobalGiving three months ago, Seeds of Africa has made great strides in advancing our mission, and we would like to share with you how your generous contribution has enabled our most recent accomplishments. Specifically, we have:
In the coming months, Seeds will transition into full-time summer class sessions and take on exciting new projects, including offering literacy and business courses to the parents of Seeds children. We are also eager to announce the release of our first documentary and the much-anticipated, art-filled July fundraiser in New York City.
As we move forward, we would like to invite you to contribute to and track our growth by visiting our Facebook and Twitter accounts which are updated daily, as well as to explore our website, which will re-launch with new content in early July.
As always, the Seeds Team thanks you for your dedication and support. We look forward to sharing our accomplishments with you as we work together, building our technology center and improving the lives of children, families, and communities for generations to come.
Much Love & Appreciation,
Seeds of Africa Foundation
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