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February 2010 

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Eight Classrooms Built in 2009
Same Purpose, New Name
Travel With Us to Africa in August 2010

Soweto Gospel Choir

Benefit Screening of Award Winning Film, Izulu Lami

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Your Donations Built Eight Classrooms Last Year!

 classroom under a tree at Umphezeni SchoolWe are pleased to share the good news – your 2009 donations totaled over $105,000 which funded the building of eight classrooms in rural South Africa. 

For example, Umphezeni Secondary School is about 140 miles north of Durban. The views from the school are spectacular. Our car-trip to the school was arduous as we traversed up and down steep hills along rutted dirt roads. Students walk those hills, some more than three miles each way each day, to receive their education. Chemistry and accounting classes were held outside, because eighty 10th graders had only one classroom. Our 2009 travelers visited this school on a fine sunny day – with outside class in full swing:  

learners at Umphezeni School conduct class under a tree

Thanks to your donations, they’re moving class inside. Your generosity means rain or cold no longer determine if classes can be held. Thank you for making a difference! 

new classrooms under construction at Umphezeni School

Same Purpose, New Name

Africa Classroom Connection logoWhen we started in 2006, we simply adapted the name of our partners in South Africa (Eshowe Community Action Group USA). But that always required an explanation. So last summer we chose a more meaningful name and unveiled our new look and logo, too.

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Travel With Us to Africa in August 2010!

2009 travelers watch students perform at Mathiya School
2009 Travelers

We invite you to join one of two 2010 group trips to travel to South Africa and Malawi as we visit school building sites for Africa Classroom Connection and Books for Africa ( recipients. The two trips, both led by Henry Bromelkamp and Tammie Follett, will repeat the same itinerary: Aug 13-29 and (tentatively) Aug 27-Sep 12. For more information check our travel  web page.

This will not be a conventional package tour of Africa. While we will see wild animals on safari (a treasure of Africa!) most of the trip will be philanthropic and cultural. Seeing the need first-hand has a significant impact on those who join us.

It's time to let us know your interest so we can include you in future announcements! Please contact us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-767-4430. We look forward to sharing with you the places and people we cherish.

The Soweto Gospel Choir: March 7, 2010

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On Sunday, March 7, 2010, the Soweto Gospel Choir will perform at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolils. Our 2007 and 2009 travelers visited Soweto Township and know how important music and celebration are to the spirit of the people there. The 26-member Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. Though we are not connected to this event, we encourage you to experience the spirited music and dance! For tickets, contact the Minnesota Orchestra 612-371-5656 or 1-800-292-4141. 


Celebrate South  Africa Freedom Day April 27, 2010

poster for the film Izulu LamiOn April 27 South Africa commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held in 1994. We’re celebrating, too, with a special benefit showing of the South African film Izulu Lami (“My Secret Sky”), winner of the Best Feature Film at the Cannes Pan African Film Festival. This film tells the tale of a young girl and her little brother, who leave their rural homestead for the city when they are orphaned, and meet up with a gang of street kids. Hoping to fulfill their mother’s dream, in the end they find their own.

 Enjoy pre-show appetizers and a collection of South African wines. Win a South African wine tasting in our live auction and bid on South African-made jewelry, textiles and crafts in our silent auction. 

April 27, 2010 6:00 pm at the Heights Theater (
Caution: the film includes mature themes.


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