A group photos of this year's intern class
It has been a fantastic year at the Youth Advocacy Network in Cameroon. Josh Nathan and Clara Rowe have moved our operation into two new school, graduated over seventy students, and even organized an internship program for our most promising youth. I am also proud to introduce the 2013-2014 YAN fellow, Antonia Morzenti. Antonia is already based in Buea and familiar with the YAN program so we are very excited to have her on board.
Our yearly fundraising efforts are beginning in September and we're doing things a little bit differently this year. Global Giving is allowing partners to build a campaign team to help raise money for YAN. If this is something you might be interested in please get in touch, otherwise, any support of any kind is more than welcome. Old camcorders and cameras that are no longer being used would be especially useful in-kind donations. (mini DV welcome :)) Here is the general information about the fundraising campaign:
The GlobalGiving fundraiser tool makes it easy for supporters to set fundraising goals, reach out to family and friends, and track their fundraising progress. September is the perfect month to mobilize fundraisers for your organization—your summer volunteers are back at school, board members and large donors are returning from vacations. It’s the perfect month for GlobalGiving’s Fundraiser Campaign! How does it work? GlobalGiving is offering three bonus awards—$2,000, $1,000 and $500—to the projects that have the most fundraisers during the month of September. Fundraisers must raise at least $500 from at least 10 donors to qualify for a prize. And, for every fundraiser that reaches the thresholds, GlobalGiving will offer an extra $50! In addition, GlobalGiving is offering two $1,000 bonus awards for the most money raised and the most donors in this campaign. To sweeten the deal for your supporters, we’re also offering prizes to the top fundraisers that raise the most money from the most donors.
Finally, I would like to leave you with a few words from Josh and Clara about the success of our internship program:
"Our interns here in Buea have spent the last four weeks doing amazing work at the three local NGOs at which they’ve been placed. Our superb seven—Tetsop, Ruth, Nelson, Eyole, Emmanuel, Lucia, and Josy—have created blogs and newsletters and facebook pages and twitter accounts, and all the while have learned how their local organizations function. And now—this afternoon, in fact—their internships are coming to a close. We celebrated the event at Jabez Restaurant in Buea just a few hours ago, where we gave short speeches, distributed diplomas, and took a group photo. In fact, two of our organizations—ProClimate International and the Environment and Rural Development Foundation—so appreciated and valued their interns' work that they have invited their interns to continue working for the coming month. We’re proud to have set up these partnerships between YAN, our secondary school students, and local organizations that will continue on into the future, and we are very impressed by our students’ efforts and professionalism throughout the whole month."
Thank you so much for your continued support and have a great summer!
Lucia's letter of appreciation for her sponsorship