Your Tickets To Africa Have Arrived For African Orphan Educational Foundation’s “Taste of Africa” On Saturday, April 13, 2024. Delicious Food, Distinguished Speakers, Doing Good All In One Event

Your tickets to Africa have arrived!  Enjoy and engage in a unique social impact organization, African Orphan Educational Foundation on Saturday, April 13, 2024! AOEF is devoted to the education and personal development needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa.  Through long-standing partnerships with U.S. based missions and aid agencies AOEF offers exceptional learning opportunities to young children who eagerly pass on their knowledge to others in their families and communities. Director, Kathie Kreh reached out to The Rickie Report a few years ago, looking for artists to create a “learning and encouraging” coloring book for their missions.  A special THANK YOU to Melissa Carter for this referraltogether we really CAN change the world! More than half of the images inMercy’s Magnificent Dreams” came from our call to artists!  Using this interactive educational tool, children learn English as well as their local tribal language and can dream of a future for themselves that never existed before.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images of AOEF’s accomplishments.  Get YOUR tickets NOW! Read the article to find out how you can be involved – change begins with one step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Speaker: Howard Minsky African Wildlife Photographer

Cocktail Attire

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Get   Your  Tickets   To   Africa   NOW!

Saturday, April 13, 2024 

5:30 – 7:30 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathie Kreh tells The Rickie Report ,”This intimate VIP cocktail reception at the North Palm Beach Country Club will offer a unique and memorable experience. Enjoy sights, sounds and sips that are authentically African. Rolling and thunderous drums, savory tastes from the continent, auction items, and messages from team members in Africa — all designed to “take you there” for an evening.  Guests, sponsors, supporters and friends will engage with us and each other in an intimate and meaningful way”. Sponsorship opportunities can be viewed here: Taste of Africa Sponsorships.  This is one event you won’t want to miss! Purchase your VIP Access tickets. For additional information, please reference AOEF Taste of Africa in the subject line and email: kathie@africanorphaneducation.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AOEF supports the educational and personal development needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. Our focus on education, and our long-standing partnerships with U.S.-based mission/aid agencies in Kenya and Uganda, allow us to produce a direct, long-lasting, and multi-generational impact. We have awarded 143 annual educational sponsorships in Uganda and Kenya since our inception in 2019. We and our teams travel to the communities we serve in Africa and know every child by name. Despite big achievements, we remain a small nonprofit organization; in fact, we still pay out-of-pocket for our own travel expenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We were astounded to see children sharing this book by using sign language!”  

 

 

 

Children in Nigeria using sign language to experience “Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams”

 

 

 

Student in Nigeria showing his favorite page of  “Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams”

 

 

 

Kathie says, “I am truly amazed at how one ask for illustrations became the book we dreamed of – and that it has now made its way around the world!  While we use it in Africa, there are other agencies using it around the globe to give kids an opportunity to increase their language skills and self esteem – no matter where they live!  

 

 

 

 

This book has become so popular that we are planning a series of Mercy books!  Anyone can be involved by:  donating original illustrations, purchase a book at $20 each or make a bulk purchase of 100 or more books at $10. each.  ContactKathie Kreh.

 

 

 

Artist Contributors were asked to present renderings our young learners in Africa might be able to relate to.
Not only do the illustrations appear familiar to and appeal to our readers, they dignify their village life and culture.

 

 

 

The Mercy story encourages young pupils in Africa to “dream” and reinforces the role of education in empowering them on their life journey. Students in our story, encouraged by schoolteacher Miss Birungi to dream, envision over a dozen careers our readers can ponder for their own futures. We also hoped, with 32 million Primary School age children out of school in Africa, the book might gain a small foothold in villages where students don’t attend school to assist them with English literacy.  We’ve  been presented with an opportunity by a local Councilman in the Namugongo region of Uganda to place books in 10 schools, as he declares “Mercy Literacy Week”.  With funds to print and distribute 500 additional books, this possibility can become a reality!

 

 

 

We publish and distribute a children’s literacy tool in Africa [Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams], maintain a Youth Advisory Council of college students and young professionals across Africa, and piloted From Leadership To Legacy – an international leadership curriculum we hope to publish online in the quarters ahead.

 

 

We visited 3 leper colonies, read Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams to the children in English

and in a local tribal language and asked them to draw their future for us!

 

 

 

 

 

The tall gentleman in the background, George Kizito Mubanda, is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed artist in Uganda who has become a friend of AOEF.

 

 

 

In July 2023, the real Mercy, Collin and Miss Birungi (characters in the book who are inspired by real people) were presented with their own copies of Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams. Finally, one of the last people to secure a copy of Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams was Mercy herself – one of our sponsored students in Uganda who inspired the character of Mercy in our story. She just graduated from high school!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*THANK  YOU  TO  OUR  ARTISTS  AND  SPONSORS

 

 

 

Thank you playing an integral role in advancing our mission and uplifting the most vulnerable among us. 

 

 

*Mukama akuwe omukisa.

 

 

 

 

Without a budget to produce Mercy’s Magnificent Dreams, we turned to the Palm Beach County art community for support. Thanks to Melissa Carter, Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report,  Artists of Palm Beach County and lead artist Lori Boyle, we were able to publish a Call To Artists, present sample illustrations to artists for direction, and secure ample work to produce the 60-page story and literacy tool. Over a dozen artists contributed illustrations, including Camilla Webster, Patrick (Jozsef) Baker, Juan B. Plaza, Jeffrey Wiener, Judith (Yudit) ​Eisinger, Gabrielle Howard, Alison Forster, Catherine Kreh, Kim Dahlheimer, Lori Boyle, and Rosie Barrig. Also included among contributing artists are 10-year-old Aidan Holcroft from Palm Beach Gardens and 17-year-old art student Kalyowa Alvin Cranmer from Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT  African Orphan Educational Foundation (AOEF):

 

 

Sponsorship Opportunities: https://africanorphaneducation.org/taste-of-africa/

VIP Exclusive – First Access Tickets: https://givebutter.com/c/Gyhcu0

Awards/Recognition: Gold Seal of Transparency (Candid/GuideStar), Top-Rated Nonprofit Award (Greatnonprofits.org, 2020-2023), 2023 Hats Off Nonprofit Award nominee, Cognizant Classic/PGA Charities/Birdies For Children charity (previously Honda Classic, 3 years), Gwyn Initiative 2023 Small Nonprofit grantee, and Member of Nonprofits First.

 

 

 

 

 

Kathie Kreh​​​​

African Orphan Educational Foundation, Inc.

kathie@africanorphaneducation.org

Phone: 561-262-8828

 

African Orphan Educational Foundation (EIN 84-1893311) is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. A copy of the official registration (CH#59939) and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free 1-800-HELP-FLA (800-435-7352) within the state or visiting www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.

 

 

 

 

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