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April 2014

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What a Year!

Freedom Day 2014

Travel To Africa With ACC & BFA

What a Great Year!
Your gifts made a big difference in 2013!

Thanks to your generous support throughout 2013, ACC was able to send $132,386 to our South African partner, Eshowe Community Action Group (ECAG), in KwaZulu-Natal. "That's a 24% increase from 2012!" said ACC Chair and Founder Henry Bromelkamp.

Specifically, gifts to ACC achieved the following:
 - $125,781 funded the construction of 10 new classroom buildings for nearly 500 Zulu children grades K-12 and dozens of teachers and administrators.
 - $6,605 supported the Stay in School Fund, which helped dozens of students with emergency expenses (i.e., uniforms, transportation, or health crises) that would otherwise force them to drop out of school.
After making site visits to two ACC-completed classroom buildings in the Eshowe area, ECAG shared the impact on the students and communities: 

“These schools are absolutely delighted with their new classrooms, which have lessened the burden [of overcrowding] and enabled the children to be accommodated in adequately sized facilities. Children danced around and we were reminded that these schools have become much more than classrooms and buildings. Children now want to walk kilometers to go to school and don’t want to miss out on anything that relates to education – they don’t want to miss the opportunity to reach their dreams. The teachers, principals and children send their good wishes and continue to thank ACC for its wonderful support.”

Happy learners at Gobihlahla School pose in front of their new classroom built with funds raised by 2012 Learning Tour participants.

Freedom Day 2014—20 Years of Freedom!

April 30 marks the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s Freedom Day, which commemorates the first post-apartheid elections in South Africa. With wine, food, and one-of-a-kind live and silent auctions, come celebrate with us and help raise funds for education opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal. Thanks to our event sponsors, 100 percent of ticket sales fund ACC classroom building projects.

When:  Wednesday, April 30 – 6-9 pm, with short program at 7:30 pm
Where:  The Historic Alfred Pillsbury House, 116 E 22nd Street, Minneapolis 55404 (home of Melissa and Uri Camarena)

RSVP and order tickets ($65) by April 18!


Click here to purchase tickets to our Freedom Day celebration.

(or mail a check directly to ACC: 106 E 24th Street, Minneapolis 55404)  

  Nelson Mandela casts his first vote on April 30th, 1994.The home of Melissa and Uri Camarena, the historic Alfred Pillsbury house.Peruse beautiful African crafts, bead work and carvings at our silent auction.

Thank you to our event sponsors!

     Merrill Lynch Wealth Management is a proud sponsor of this event.            Z Wines USA is a proud sponsor of this event.        Books For Africa is a proud sponsor of this event.

Presentation Wiz is a proud sponsor of this event.   Thomson Reuters is a proud sponsor of this event.       Rox logo1

Travel to Africa with ACC and Books For Africa–Not to Be Missed!
August 2-19, or August 21–Sept 7

Join ACC founder Henry Bromelkamp on a cultural exchange adventure as he leads groups of travelers to South Africa for an up-close, personal look at ACC classroom building sites and Books For Africa recipients.

Enjoy everything from site-seeing in Johannesburg and visiting schools in rural villages of KwaZulu-Natal, to the splendors of a South African safari.  It’s the perfect adventure for anyone who’s interested in meeting locals, learning about education in the developing world, and experiencing the historic, cultural and natural wonders of South Africa. Optional extensions are available to Cape Town, Malawi, Kenya and Zambia, too!

For information on cost and a sample itinerary, go to our Travel webpage.

What’s it like to travel with ACC?  Here’s what some past travelers want to make sure you know:

“I've traveled to many parts of the world, but found this to be a most rewarding and unique experience meeting with, traveling with, and learning from so many South African and Malawian friends of ACC!”
– Robyn Coquyt, Minnesota

"I still can't believe all that we did and experienced. Thanks seems so trite when this trip was so meaningful and full of rich experiences, kind people, and interesting places. I am grateful for your expertise, patience and unwavering commitment to us. I will never forget it and would return tomorrow if I could."
   - Amy Eiken, Ohio

 2013 travelers visit KwaShoti Primary School. School girls dancing.
Support eager learners like these kids. Our view from the breakfast table, Mua Mission, Malawi.



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A 2013 Learning Tour participant makes a new friend.



Africa Classroom Connection holds a vision that every child in KwaZulu-Natal has the opportunity for an
excellent education. Our mission is providing resources to help build and improve schools in KwaZulu-Natal. We work to get buildings built, help kids stay in school, and facilitate cultural exchanges/overseas travel.


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Travel with us to Africa on our next Learning Tour:

Jan. 15 - Feb. 4, 2018

"I quickly saw that this trip could be a trip of a lifetime. In what other trip would I experience a wedding in Malawi as an invited guest? Interact with hundreds of children in their schools? Visit museums documenting apartheid with tour guides who lived through it? Meet people engaged in the mission to educate children - principals, teachers, Rotarians, concerned, community-minded citizens?

- Marla Kapperud, 2016 Learning Tour participant

Read more of Marla’s story here


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