Oct 5, 2018

CAMP IMANI 2018 Update

Roller Skating Fun!
Roller Skating Fun!

CAMP IMANI 2018 was a smashing success! Thanks for your involvement and support. If you were unable to join us this year, there's always next summer! 

This year 135 Brooklyn children grades K-5 from low-income backgrounds joined us for a summer filled with engaging activities including trips, music classes, archery, arts and crafts, literacy and much more. We accomodated as many children as we could, but unfortunately there was still a wait-list for those unable to participate. Maybe with your help we can provide the Camp for 200 children next year!

CAMP IMANI's main goal is to provide services which assist our youth with their overall development and provide Summer activities that every child should have an opportunity to engage in. Summertime for children should be about fun, but for many  it is not. Parents have to work and many face financial difficulties disallowing children from frequently participating in stimulating summer activities. As we know, lack of activity and engagement during summer (especially) leads to a high level of youth deliquency. CAMP IMANI was the perfect distraction and offered our children not only fun, but played a major part in their improved behavior as well.

Parent feedback of the CAMP overwhelmingly supported the work we did with the children, and many parents called or visited our office at program end to express their gratitude. For many, without our program they would have to find other childcare in order to maintain their employment, which is a financial burden; or perhaps take off of work. CAMP IMANI therefore provided our community  services benefiting not only the children, but parents and families as well, even if indirectly. We are very proud of that and you should be too!

It's never to late to join us in these efforts! 

Warmest Wishes,

Bisi Ideraabdullah

Executive Director

Bowling
Bowling
Piano basics
Piano basics
Up and coming Virtuoso
Up and coming Virtuoso
Amusement Park Trip
Amusement Park Trip
Camp Imani Kids
Camp Imani Kids
Sep 6, 2018

Liberian Family Health Care & Education Update

Health Education Manual Training
Health Education Manual Training

Imani House Liberia's Family Health Care and Education programs are still thriving and providing neccesary services to those who need it most. Your support  has been invaluable!

Our Clinic has served over 8,000 mothers and children since the begining of 2018 and has provided  pre and post natal care, immunizations, first aid, treatment of malaria and other diseases, STD prevention and much much more! 

A major part of what we do at the Clinic and in the surrounding communities is education based, as we truly feel an ounce of prevention is better than  cure and many of the issues Liberian communities face are due to lack of information. As a result we have utilized your support , GlobalGiving's support and a partnership with Proliteracy to create the Liberian Women's Health Manual

This project which is in it's 2nd year has expanded the training of our Community Outreach Workers as well as Youth Peer Educators and allowed them to learn about the health issues and preventative measures relevent to their communities and share the information with others. As self-sustainability is a major part of our mission of creating viable communities "where residents are decsion makers who take responsibility for the improvement of their lives and surroundings" , you have truly aided us in accomplishing that.  If you have not yet, please do so.

Our Education Program, which recently began its "Fall" session has expanded to add additional locations and students to benefit Liberian communities with the majority of students being Market Women and housewives.

In Liberia, education has not been deemed as important for women as men and many of our students have not learned to read or write as they have had to engage in commerce to support their families since very young. Others, who have been tasked with supporting their families by caring for their children and keeping their homes in order have also not received many opportunities to receive an education, as most were married very young as well. 

With the election of Africa's first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia's previous President) many Liberian women have become more interested in receiving an education and have sought out the means to do so, but opportunities are few and far between, almost to the point of nonexistence.  For adults who have passed the "schooling age" programs such as Imani House's are very important and your support  is very important as well.

Our program is essential to allowing this population to receive the education they yearn for. For most Liberian adults interested in continuing or even starting their education, the only option has been to hire a tutor, which most do not have funds for, or joining an elementary school class with children, which is quite demeaning and stifles whatever zeal to continue education they may have; but among their peers in OUR program students feel more comfortable and thrive because of that! 

Our  retention rate has been close to 97% and usually the only time students leave is upon graduation or if they become seriously ill or move to communities too far to travel from.

Please join us in continuing this important work! Thank you.

Science Class
Science Class
Math Class
Math Class
Literacy Class
Literacy Class
Health Education Manual Training
Health Education Manual Training
Clinic Post Natal Care Visitors
Clinic Post Natal Care Visitors
Clinic Waiting Room
Clinic Waiting Room
Jul 3, 2018

Imani House Summer Camp 2018

Modern Dance
Modern Dance

Since April 2018,  planning for another unforgetable CAMP IMANI experience for our children has been underway! We have so many exciting activities planned for the kids with the expectation that their summer will be full of social and emotional development; and of course lots of fun!

For the majority of our participants, whom come from low-income backgrounds, their parents still have to work during the summer, or finances are limited. This prevents many from taking trips or participating in activites to keep them stimulated and out of trouble. In addition,  the average NYC Summer camp is quite costly. BUT CAMP IMANI IS TO THE RESCUE!!!

We believe during the Summer all children deserve to play, build friendships, and learn new skills and lack of opportunities (time, finances)  should not prevent that. So for our 6th year we are providing our community with those opportunities in the form of CAMP IMANI!

CAMP IMANI, which will begin on July 5th, 2018 will provide many opportunities for 120 children grades K-5 to explore their creativity and interest, make new friends, learn important team building and social skills, stay abreast of academics and much more! Specific activities include archery, sports, trips, dance, creative writing & story telling and movies.Please Join us in providing these services to those who need it most!

Studies have shown that a happy child is more likely to succeed, have high self-esteem, develop their leadership abilities and be more willing to help others. These are attributes our children desperately need! We can make a difference!

Summer is quickly approaching so we hope you keep Imani House in mind when you think of your giving. Thank you in advance! We appreciate your  support.

 

Warm wishes,

 Bisi Ideraabdullah, Executive Director

Archery
Archery
African Dance
African Dance
Steel Pan
Steel Pan
Drama
Drama
Archery II
Archery II
 
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