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Spring 2015  

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ACC Celebrates Changing Lives – April 30, 2015!

April 27 is a national day of celebration in South Africa set aside to commemorate the first post-Apartheid elections in South Africa. ACC is holding its own special celebration near that day to honor the lives changed through education.
Join us for wine, food, one-of-a-kind live auctions, and an African Marketplace to help raise funds for more education opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal. Thanks to our event sponsors, 100 percent of ticket sales fund ACC classroom building projects. 

WHEN: Thursday, April 30 – 6-9pm, with short program at 7:30pm

WHERE: The Historic Alfred Pillsbury House, 116 E 22nd Street, Minneapolis 55404 (home of Melissa and Uri Camarena)

Use the "Buy Now" button on our website to RSVP and order tickets ($65) by April 18!
Or mail a check directly to ACC: 106 E 24th Street, Minneapolis 55404

THANK YOU to our event sponsors:

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


Visit the historic Alfred Pillsbury house. Help kids like these smiling learners at Mafunda Primary School. Peruse beautiful hand-crafted items in our African Marketplace.

2014:  ACC’s Most Successful Year Yet!

Bazaneni Primary School kids in front of an ACC-funded classroom.

Excited kids  & their teacher pose in front of one of five new classrooms built by ACC last year at Bazaneni Primary School.

Thanks to your generous support in 2014, ACC was able to grant a record $160,400* to its South African partner, Eshowe Community Action Group (ECAG), to support education in the impoverished region of KwaZulu-Natal.  “This is a 20 percent increase over last year, and we couldn’t be happier for the children,” said Jeff Nelson, ACC Treasurer. 

Specifically, ACC was able to achieve the following:

  • $155,900 funded the construction of 14 new classroom buildings for more than 600 Zulu children grades K-12 and dozens of teachers and administrators. The facilities primarily serve youth ages 5-21, but some locations also offer evening classes for adult learners and/or skills-based training like plumbing or brick laying.
  • $4,500 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. 

What’s Ahead in 2015 – Pilot Project in Malawi
In 2015, ACC plans a pilot project to expand its school building work into Malawi. The goal is to complete three classrooms by fall 2015, before the rainy season begins in November.  

“Malawi desperately needs education resources and, much like with ECAG in South Africa’s Zulu area, we have a growing relationship with a strong on-the-ground partner to help facilitate the school building work with integrity,” says ACC Chair Henry Bromelkamp. “Several donors who visited Malawi with us on a previous ACC Learning Tour were so moved by the extreme needs that they contributed funds to launch this pilot project, and we’re excited to finally be moving it forward this year.” 

*Audtied financial statements are available for review by contacting ACC: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-767-4430.

Ekuphakameni Primary School, August 2014.

ACC's end of year grant funded several classrooms , now under construction, at Ekuphakameni Primary School where hundreds of learners crowd into scant facilities.

Travel to Africa with ACC in 2016 – Not to Be Missed!
February and August 2016

In 2016, ACC will be offering TWO cultural exchange Learning Tours to South Africa:

  • February – Start with Books For Africa’s walk across Zanzibar and then head south to Malawi and South Africa.
  • August – Primary focus on Malawi and South Africa.  

These Learning Tours are the perfect adventure for anyone interested in meeting locals, learning about education in the developing world, and experiencing the historic, cultural and natural wonders of South Africa. On both trips, optional extensions will be available to Cape Town, Malawi, Kenya and Zambia, too!

To receive more information on costs and itineraries, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2014 traveler Marcia with kids at Thembalesizwe Primary School. 

2014 traveler Cailee dances at Yalema Secondary School.

2014 traveler Shari with kids at Jevu Secondary School.

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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2018 Learning Tour:


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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