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We are excited to share with you the results of last year's efforts and announce our upcoming events!
- Built EIGHT classrooms (for 400 kids!) because of your contributions.
- Led two Learning Tours of South Africa and Malawi. Twenty-two travelers participated and raised enough funds to build 1.5 classrooms.
- Experienced a 22% increase in the number of individuals supporting our mission.
- Participated worldwide in the Combined Federal Campaign, the federal employees' fundraising initiative. (In 2011 $26,000, enough for 2 classrooms).
Seeds of Hope
"I was most taken by your work developing schools in South Africa, and the trip possibilities as well. I'm pleased to send the enclosed donation which will be used wisely, I know. Bless you for the seeds of hope that you are sowing."
-Maribeth Graham, Dayton OH.
Celebrate Freedom Day on April 30, 2013
April marks the 19th anniversary of Freedom Day, the first free elections in South Africa. Join us for our annual Freedom Day celebration:
April 30th, 6:00-9:30 PM
Alfred F. Pillsbury mansion
116 22nd Street East, Minneapolis
We look forward to seeing you there!
Proud Partners in South Africa
We are very grateful for our long-time partnership with Eshowe Community Action Group (ECAG) in South Africa. With input from community and village leaders, ECAG identifies where schools are needed most, oversees the construction of the schools, and ensures that they are well-built and compliant with all safety codes. Recently we heard from Mark Chennells who has a long history with ECAG:
"From small beginnings years ago, ACC has become a key contributor in our partnership with local communities that helps rural families realize their dreams of schools for their kids.
The parents and children, some so poor that it is painful to see, are given new life and hope when ACC partners with us to build a classroom. It amazes me how your new classroom takes a village and the children in it over a threshold to new life and opportunity. That is what you, ACC, so far away, are able to do: You make a child who had no hope, believe and work for his or her future. There is no limit to what their aspirations may be--and some have gone on to great heights.
When a new classroom is built in a village, the village is uplifted and transformed sometimes visibly: The belief is that the education can give people a new life. When you give towards an ACC classroom, it is not the classroom you are giving, but hope and enlightenment and opportunity.
ACC has done amazing work in keeping this important work rolling forward during the world economic crisis. The communities have not given up their hope for education and, despite the crisis, ACC has still been able to build classrooms and keep the dream alive. We in Zululand are ever in ACC's debt and are amazed at the resilience of your organization's vision and energy. On behalf of all the children who now study in ACC classrooms and who have studied in them, I say a BIG THANK YOU to ACC and all who have helped them find greater freedom and life."
-Mark Chennells, Eshowe, South Africa
2013 Learning Tour- One of a Kind Travel!
Join ACC founder Henry Bromelkamp for a unique, adventure-filled, deeply personal trip to South Africa. Learning Tours include on-site visits to schools in rural KwaZulu-Natal and libraries provided by Books For Africa, as well as time in Johannesburg to learn more about South African apartheid history. And of course several days on safari to see elephants, rhinos, giraffes, and lions. Optionally include visits to Malawi "The Warm Heart of Africa" and Cape Town. This is not a typical package tour of Africa -- you will have new friends in Africa.
"Having the chance to experience ACC's mission up close, to see the classrooms and meet the children and teachers whose lives have been changed by them, is truly unforgettable. Add to that the intoxicating beauty of South Africa, the terrific people you meet, and the deeply personalized nature of this trip, and you'll want to go again and again. Many people do!"
- ACC Board member and traveler, Anne Hussian
Chose one of two tours which repeat the same itinerary - Aug 8-25 (perfect for families!); or Aug 30-Sep 16 (second group). The cost/person starts at $4700 (including airfare) plus a $1000 tax-deductible contribution. (Cost is less if you provide your own flights or omit parts of the trip.) Accommodations range from clean, safe, and simple to very nice. Call (612-767-4430) or email with questions. Additional information is available on our travel page.
Learn more at an information meeting via web conference click here to see dates and times.
A Special Thanks!
ACC thanks Lomen Abdo, Merrill Lynch, Presentation Wiz and Thomson Reuters for their generous support of our December event, "A Night at the Jungle", an evening that raised funds for nearly 2 more classrooms. Thank you!
Thank you for your care for school kids so far away. They know!