The past 4 months have flown by for Ambassadors. Our Global Evening was a huge success, earning $23,000 for our projects in Africa. Special thanks to our sponsors :The Four Seasons Moscow, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, Heineken and the Duvieusart family for our wine upgrade. We could not have achieved our goals without your generous support!In December, Ms. Francy travelled to Africa to work on some of our projects. In Zimbabwe, she met with the late Mr. Gathered’s family to pay for his daughter Eileen’s boarding school education. In Botswana, she helped the Eco Lodge give Christmas to the children of Pandamatenga. Thanks to all who contributed to these events during our Global Evening and Santa Gram sale!
In Zambia, Ms. Francy purchased the furniture for our first teacher house. The family was excited to shop for items they never had growing up: beds, couches, a gas stove. A cholera outbreak closed schools and business for months, but in January, the family was finally able to move into their new home. It would have taken Teacher Caroline 92 years to earn enough for the house and furnishings provided to her, and that’s if she never spent a penny. The Ambassadors send their deepest gratitude to Moscow Starbucks and the M.H. Alshaya Co. for making this families dream come true.
The New Year saw our community work with Open Art Theater continue, culminating with a special performance in our Bolshoi Theater. This partnership gives Ambassadors the opportunity to give back to their local community while interacting with young adults with Down’s Syndrome. The event raised $1000 for their youth theater program.
In the midst of planning our Service Trip to Africa and organizing activities for our Awareness Campaign in Pandamatenga, we were fortunate to have a few hours to relax and enjoy a great dinner at Black Star Burger. Special thanks to our hosts, Walter and Cindy Tchassem for sponsoring this team building event.
It is hard to believe that in only 10 days we will return to Africa. The students are all really excited and everyone is giving extra time to prepare the items we will take to the village. The ES Ambassadors have been busy knitting bay caps and collecting items for the new mom kits they are making for Pandamatenga. The HS Ambassadors will deliver these gifts to the clinic for them.