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 November 2013



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ACC participates in the Combined Federal Campaign, number 58293

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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.





Dear Friends,

Here's an update on upcoming events and opportunities to participate in our work.



ACC at the Jungle--November 11th

December is when our learners in South Africa graduate from secondary school.  Join ACC on Monday, November 11, for a festive celebration of their accomplishments, made possible with your care and support.

When:  Monday, Nov. 11 - 6-9pm (short program 7:30pm)

WhereJungle Theatre, Minneapolis

What: South African wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions, and a special performance by local artist and performer Shá Cage.

TICKET INFORMATION Tickets are $65. Call Claire at ACC 612-767-4430, or send your check to ACC, 106 E. 24th Street, Minneapolis, MN  55404.

Join the auction fun at the Jungle!

Silent auction items.

Silent auction items waiting for you!

Start your holiday shopping early and go home with one-of-a-kind scarves, beaded jewelry, platters, pottery, and art, or bid on a South Africa wine tasting party for 10 in your home by Z Wines

Shá Cage

Shá Cage, co-founder of MaMa Mosaic Theatre, a women of color performance collective.





Meet ACC Donor Kwame Adiyia, age 17

Kwame Adiyia, a Ghanaian American currently in his last year of high ACC donor Kwame Adiyia, age in Edina, Minnesota, decided to donate to ACC after traveling to Ghana with his mother.  "We had an opportunity to see some schools," he said. "This changed my life because I realized that kids in Africa don't have much like we do here in the states.  I feel they deserve to have what we have."

Kwame, who hopes to go to college in North Dakota to study chemistry or science, encourages others to get involved and contribute to ACC because " definitely means a lot to those kids and [your] help really will go a long way.  Kids don't need to be walking miles and miles to get to school."




Remember ACC on Give to the Max Day - Thursday, Nov. 14

Now through November 13, you can schedule your Give to the Max on November 14th!donation for Give to the Max Day, the one-day "Great Minnesota Give Together" event that inspires Minnesotans to donate millions to nonprofits statewide. 

Simply go to search for ACC, and look for the checkbox that says "Make this donation count for Give to the Max Day." The donation will be deducted from your credit or debit card at 12 a.m. on November 14.




ACC 2014 Learning Tour - Reserve Your Space Now! 
2014 Travel dates: August 2-19, and August 21 - Sept 7

KwaShoti Primary School class photo- Lungile Amy Cathy teachers Henry Shawn Maribeth Ian Kathy and learners

KwaShoti Primary School class photo- 2013 Learning Tour participants with teachers and learners.

Each year, ACC founder Henry Bromelkamp takes groups of travelers to South Africa for an up close, personal and non-touristy look at ACC's mission to build classrooms for young Zulu learners. With a little safari time built in, too, it's the perfect journey for anyone who's interested in meeting local people, learning about education in the developing world, and soaking up a lot of natural beauty.

 For information on cost and a sample itinerary, go to the Travel page on our website. If you're wondering what an ACC Learning Tour is like, consider these reflections from some of our 2013 travelers:

Ian Hussian, Minnesota --

"I had no idea what Africa would be like, but I really saw it and felt it as we traveled through Kenya, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa. I experienced an Ethiopian tea ceremony in someone's home, tasted things like kudu meat, stared an elephant in the eye, danced with street kids, saw poverty that I can't even describe, met people doing amazing things to help others, and had a lot of fun in the Zulu schools.  It was incredible and I'd tell anyone to travel with ACC."

Maribeth Graham, Ohio --

"This was an amazing experience. It was a fascinating adventure and my friends who have had a sample of my trip's telling all agree that it was unique and how lucky I was to go!! Calling it a Learning Tour is most appropriate! And the lessons continue."

Learners in front of a new classroom at Gobihlahla School, built with funds raised by 2012 Learning Tour participants.

Learners in front of a new classroom at Gobihlahla School, built with funds raised by 2012 Learning Tour participants.





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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