Thank you so much.
We had over two dozen supporters attend our inaugural fundraiser, and double that if you count the dozens of other customers at the brewery we recruited to our cause. (Thanks, Samba!) If anyone would let us share their photos online from that evening, please email them here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our goal was to have a great time and learn more about AYDA. We hope the drinks and snacks were tasty and the setting was convivial.
In just 10 days since starting the fundraiser, we have reached $2,550. We need to reach $3,000 by the end of this week.
- $100 Donation = Free AYDA Tee-Shirt
- $200 Donation = Invitation (1 guest) to December 14th Wine & Tapas Soirée (plus Tee-Shirt)
- $300+ Donation = Invitation (2 guests) to December 14th Wine & Tapas Soirée (plus Tee-Shirt)
We thank you again for your continued support. This school won’t happen without this collective effort. We are going to chip away every week to accomplish $6,000 to begin school construction this December.
Stay tuned as we steadily update the website with project progress, photos, and more information at AYDAF.org
Thank you again for attending our fundraiser. This was our first trial. 192 Brewing Co. was a fun – and boisterous – venue, in fact, we are still receiving questions about our mission, goal, why we are fundraising, and/or how to donate.
We have summarized our answers to your questions below:
About us: Alliance for Youth Development in Africa (AYDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in Washington state. Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 82234, Kenmore, WA 98028
Vision: AYDA envisions the Senegalese government to strengthen the Ministère de l’éducation National (National Ministry of Education) to prioritize schools, community sports programs, health education clinics, and other programs that support effective youth development to reduce systemic poverty. Senegal is one of most stable, peaceful, and developed nations in West Africa, yet still suffers from an extremely high poverty rate, therefore Senegal plays an essential political and economic role in the spotlight for its neighboring countries. Investments in education and youth development programs not only make an impact in Senegal, but even in other developing nations across the continent.
Mission AYDA repairs and supports existing and neglected infrastructure that will provide youth the skills and confidence to excel in school and continue education.
Core Values: Firstly, we prioritize aiding existing local nonprofit organizations managed by communities in Senegal. Secondly, we target our aid towards underprivileged and neglected communities without local schools. Thirdly, we support accomplishing our mission while simultaneously seeking environmentally-friendly alternatives, advocating for female leadership and empowerment, encouraging entrepreneurship, and youth education on health and hygiene.
Strategy: We first started by repairing the walls, roof, and blackboards of two existing schools which serve thousands of students from underprivileged families. Now that we have established our AYDA Office in Senegal, we can continue to network with these local schools to best understand how to make the biggest impact. Meanwhile, we will continue operating the new Training School which just opened and has already taught young students how to raise chickens to provide eggs for food and income.
Objective: While we continue to operate the Training School for poultry farming, and get settled into our new AYDA Office, AYDA plans to finish School fundraising by Thanksgiving in time to begin construction this December. This new school will be operated by a local nonprofit in Senegal, named Association Chance for all Senegal (ACS), managed by Fina Senghor. Her organization can be found at http://chanceforall-sn.org. She leads an ambitious goal to provide academic opportunities to girls and boys equally, from underprivileged families in the most neglected communities in the country. They have a mission and an army of teachers and local supporters to combat systemic poverty and give local youth the critical skills to succeed.