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Fall  2015  

   

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 On November 21, the Play My Children! My Africa! Builds Schools

We hope you can join us for a thrilling benefit performance of My Children! My Africa! by South African playwright Athol Fugard. Set in a segregated South Africa township in 1984, Park Square Theatre describes the piece as “an emotionally charged confluence of art and activism.” (read more about the show on Park Square’s website)

The event also includes a live auction and an African Marketplace with beautiful hand-crafted jewelry, baskets, wooden masks and more available for purchase. And of course it wouldn’t be an ACC event without delicious food and drink! A South African wine and cheese reception will follow the performance.


Saturday, November 21st, 2015 at 2 pm (reception follows at about 4:15 pm)
Park Square Theatre, Historic Hamm Building 408 St. Peter Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

Purchase $65 tickets at parksquaretheatre.org 651-291-7005

Questions: Contact Claire at 612-767-4430 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our generous sponsors are paying the theater, so 100% of your contribution will build schools!

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

 Meet our Donors: Susan and Terry Wolkerstorfer


Susan and Terry Wolkerstorfer are long time friends of ACC founder Henry Bromelkamp and have been involved with ACC for the past ten years.“Once we saw what ACC was doing we liked it,” said Terry. 

The Wolkerstorfers believe that it's important to support ACC because in Terry's words: “education is a vital factor in determining whether a country, or a society, will fail or flourish. South Africa needs all the educated citizens it can get to sustain its democratic progress. Every classroom helps.” Susan and Terry admit that there are lots of good NGOs out there doing important work. The challenge is choosing which ones to support. They support Africa Classroom Connection because it links people with people. Susan adds “the board underwrites administrative expenses, so that all donated funds go directly to classroom construction. ACC gets local people involved and committed. The kids and parents where we’re building classrooms in KwaZulu-Natal understand and appreciate the difference education can make in their lives. And ACC has a record of success – it works!”

 

 Travel to Africa with ACC in February 2016

What: Zanzibar Book Walk and African Learning Tour for love, for books and for learning

When: February 2016 (itinerary available on our website here)

Where: In four diverse and culturally rich African contexts of Zanzibar, Tanzania, South Africa and Malawi. (Participants can attend all or just parts of the tour).

Why:

  1. Because children in low-income countries on average under-perform when it comes to literacy and are vulnerable to dropping out of school and losing their chance at a better future. Funds raised by Book Walk and Learning Tour participants will sponsor sending books to Zanzibar and building classrooms in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 
  2. Because philanthropy and community development are even better when combined with fun. After a 20 mile walk across the island of Zanzibar, Book Walk attendees will relax with a fabulous beach-side party and evening reception at the home of Mrs. Anna Mkapa, Former First Lady of Tanzania. Learning Tour participants will sing, dance and laugh with South African school kids and spend four days on safari. And so much more (learn more about our itinerary here). 
  3. Because you will be surprised! You will see the world in a new way! You will make new friends in Africa! This is not your conventional package tour to Africa but rather a cultural immersion rich in person to person interactive learning. 

Learn More: Contact us at 612-767-4430, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or read more on our website.

Our next informational session is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 21st: 6 - 8 pm at the University Club: 420 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102.
In-person attendees RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here to attend via webinar.

 

 

 Wine Tasting for Education

Thanks to all of our supporters who've purchased, hosted or attended an ACC wine tasting event. These events bring friends and contributions to ACC and everyone has a great time enjoying the flavors of South Africa. Special thanks to Roy Goslin and Dianne Ferrandi of Z Wines for contributing their wine and expertise to the tastings. The opportunity to host your own wine tasting is up for auction at all of our events—don’t miss your chance at the upcoming November 21st event. 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Nelson Masanche Nkhoma

ACC is excited to introduce our new Communications and Development volunteer, Nelson Masanche Nkhoma. Nelson comes originally from Mzuzu, Malawi and recently completed his doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities Campus in International Development Education. For the past ten years he has worked as a high school teacher, university lecturer and evaluator and researcher of international education. “I decided to volunteer for ACC because I wanted to use my skills and time to contribute to the educational needs of youth in Africa,” said Nelson. “I strongly believe that ACC’s goal of building classrooms for students in South Africa is catalyst for long term transformation for African youth. I am fired up to be part of this noble mission.”
 

   

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.

Tel: +1-612-767-4430   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.africaclassroomconnecrtion.org

 

   
 

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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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