Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kenya Connect

A good friend of mine whom I met in Senegal 10 years ago just got me in touch with a local organization in Silver Spring, MD that is having a fundraiser dinner on October 10. If you are interested, please do sign up to go. And if not, consider a donation. It sounds like a great organization and a fun event. I'm including some information from a lovely brochure that the Executive Director, Tim, sent to me. Here's some info from the brochure:

wonderful things happen when kids connect!

• • • SAVE THE DATE • • •
Friday • October 10, 2008
6:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M.
American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Highway • Baltimore, MD 21230

• • • Featuring • • •
~• South African Dancing •~
~• Luscious Hors d’Oeuvres •~
~• South African Wine & Martini Bar •~
~• AVAM’s New Science & Philosophy Exhibit•~
~• Silent Auction, Raffles, Door Prizes & Much More •~

Tickets are $75.00 • Purchase tickets online via Pay Pal
or via check or money order made payable to
Kenya Connect
P.O. Box 7487 • Silver Spring, MD 20907

Advance sales only! All tickets must be purchased by October 3, 2008.

For additional information, please contact Tim Gregory, Executive Director

Phone: 301.847.3769 • Email: kenyaconnect@comcast.net

Please join us for our
on behalf of Kenya Connect!
wonderful things happen when kids connect!

Kenya Connect is a U.S. and Kenya based non-profit organization founded in 2002. Our mission is to promote cross-cultural exchange and grassroots community development through the establishment of personal and service oriented relationships between Western and African children. Kenya Connect is governed by a Board of Directors.

Kenya Connect gives Western and African children the opportunity to strengthen leadership, communication, and academic skills, to establish lasting global friendships, and to be personally involved in projects that improve schools and communities in East Africa. We also provide American and African adults the
opportunity to learn from their children that we are far more alike than we are different, and that we can work together to improve lives.

Kenya Connect introduces American students to African culture through communication arts. We help students in rural African communities and the U.S. establish personal relationships by becoming PenPals, and also involve American children directly in fundraising and community development projects to improve school facilities in Africa. All of the funds raised by Western children go directly to our enrolled
schools in East Africa. Our operations are funded primarily by our founders, individuals, civic organizations,and foundations.

At Kenya Connect, we believe that children who know and care about their world and the global community are better equipped as adults to promote cultural exchange and understanding. By providing children with important philanthropic and service opportunities at an early age, Kenya Connect is able to enrich lives, inspire global cooperation, and lay the groundwork for peace and prosperity while simultaneously improving conditions on the ground in Africa.

Students in 31 African and over 70 U.S. and European schools have exchanged over 37,000 letters. Between 2002 and 2008, American children and individuals have raised almost $200,000 for community projects. We estimate that more than 70,000 East African children, teachers, and parents have benefited from our programs.

-Involve your school or youth group with our PenPal and School Sponsorship Programs.
-Make a tax deductible donation or hold a fundraiser to support our mission.
-Volunteer your time and talent. We need you to help make a difference in the world.
Kenya Connect is working to make significant, lasting changes that contribute to peaceful, productive globalization. We believe that the experiences we provide children are precisely those that inspire them to become “world citizens” to fulfill their potential, to value work, to celebrate and be enriched by diversity,and to grow into adults for whom acts of generosity and the spirit of sharing are a way of life!

To learn more visit us online at: www.kenyaconnect.org
P.O. Box 7487 • Silver Spring, MD 20907 • 301.847.3769 • kenyaconnect@comcast.net

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