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"We all have a have a responsibility to provide resources to communities beyond our own." - His Excellency Ebrahim Rasool, South African Ambassador to the U.S. and Honorary Chair of ACC's Ubuntu Council.




We hope that summer has found you well. Here's an update on the progress we've made since the beginning of Spring!        


South African Ambassador Becomes Honorary Chair of ACC's Ubuntu  Advisory Council

Filled with excitement and commitment to the ACC cause, he aims to advance our mission in South Africa

ACC is thrilled to announce that His Excellency Ebrahim Rasool, South African Ambassador to the U.S., will serve as the Honorary Chair of ACC's newly created Ubuntu Advisory Council (Ubuntu means "human kindness" in Zulu). The Council will be composed of American and African leaders committed to improving communities and supporting education in South Africa.

"ACC's mission is vital to advancing education in South Africa, and education is vital to advancing South Africa as a whole," said Rasool. "Given Ubuntu's focus on trust, unselfishness, and the importance of open society, it plays an important role in creating accessible, quality education across the globe."

Rasool, known for his values-driven leadership and social activism, will help ACC build relationships to further its mission and spread enthusiasm for ACC's work. He accepted this role last May when he met with ACC Board members in St. Paul. 

South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool (left) meets with ACC Board members Barbara Bencini, Henry Bromelkamp and Tammie Follett.



5 More Classrooms for the Kids

ACC's 2013 travelers just returned from traveling through South Africa and visiting schools!

In early August, ACC granted $62,500 to Eshowe Community Action Group (ECAG), its partner foundation in South Africa, to build five more classrooms in Zululand.

To see what happens when ACC builds classrooms, tag along with ACC's 2013 Learning Tour travelers just returning from South Africa. They visited classrooms built with ACC funds in Kwazulu Natal, saw Book For Africa libraries, and met with educators, policy makers, students and community leaders in Johannesburg, Eshowe and several rural villages. You won't want to miss it and you just might end up wanting to go along next year! The picture above shows some travelers visiting one of the building sites.

Check out the great adventure on our Facebook page or by clicking here!




Freedom Day Event

Thank you for all your support!

On April 30, ACC celebrated South Africa's Freedom Day, a national holiday commemorating the country's first post-apartheid elections, with an evening at the historic Alfred Pillsbury House, home of gracious hosts Uri and Melissa Camarena. The event raised more than $11,000 to help build more classrooms in Zululand. Over 100 friends of ACC, celebrated with South African food, wine, auctions, music and stories of the impact that ACC classrooms have on the children of South Africa. 

Thanks to our live auction donors Z Wines' Roy Goslin and Dianne Ferrandi for their gift of wine tastings and a dinner. Also, many thanks to our event sponsors Merrill Lynch, Lommen Abdo, Presentation Wiz, and Thomson Reuters, as well as musicians Alex Plonski and Katie Moenkhaus.




Mark Your Calenders!

Get your growl on and join ACC at the Jungle Theater November 11!

henry and barb jungle 2012ACC looks forward to sharing more fun on November 11th from 6-9 p.m. at our annual event celebrating graduation for the South African learners. Held at the Jungle Theater, there will be food, entertainment and a silent auction of one-of-a-kind South African items. Come learn more about the recent trip to South Africa and hear the results of your efforts for South African learners!  




Thank you for your care for school kids so far away. They know!

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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