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 December
2010


The
African
Development
Initiative
2010
Holiday
Newsletter
 Dear
Friends
and
Supporters
of
ADI,
 
 On
behalf
of
the
entire
ADI
team,
we
would
like
to
wish
everyone
a
 Happy
Holiday
season
from
Ekumdipe
and
Agyementi!


FEATURE
STORY:

 CHRISTMAS
IN
THE
VILLAGE


‘TIS
THE
SEASON:
 HOW
YOU
CAN
MAKE
A
DIFFERENCE


FROM
OUR
CFO:
 2011
FUNDRAISING
STRATEGY
AND
 GOALS


We
are
currently
here
in
Ghana
working
hard!

In
Ekumdipe,
we
are
 continuing
the
second
phase
of
our
irrigation
endeavors.
The
dry‐ season
is
in
full‐effect
right
now
and
farming
has
grinded
to
a
halt...all
 except
for
on
one
farm.

Our
farming
expert
from
the
Bawku
region
of
 Northeastern
Ghana
is
here
and
demonstrating
that
it
is
indeed
possible
 to
obtain
substantial
crop
yields
in
Ekumdipe
during
the
dry‐season.

Next
 we
will
be
deciding
the
most
profitable
and
feasible
ways
to
sell
our
 crops!
 
 Along
with
continuing
our
sociological,
economic,
and
financial
analyses
 of
the
project
and
its
implementation
methodology,
we
are
also
 continuing
our
efforts
to
interview
the
growing
number
of
people
 interested
in
applying
for
a
loan
to
receive
an
irrigation
pump
of
their
 own.

By
the
end
of
December,
we
will
have
created
an
improved
 communication
system
with
our
partners
on
the
ground,
assessed
the
 initial
success
of
the
dry‐season
crop,
and
finalized
the
implementation
 plans
for
the
project
through
the
end
of
the
dry‐season.
 
 In
Agyementi,
we
are
preparing
to
provide
100%
latrine
coverage.
This
 will
include
creating
a
census
and
digital
map
of
Agyementi,
enabling
us
 to
understand
where
everyone
in
the
community
resides
in
relation
to
 the
nearest
household
latrine
and
a
water
source.
Then,
the
business
part
 starts!
We
will
begin
marketing
our
latrines
for
a
(subsidized)
price
that
 those
willing
to
make
the
commitment
to
hygiene
and
sanitation
can
 afford.
With
the
support
of
your
donations,
we
can
get
the
last
latrines
 started
by
early
January
and
built
before
the
rainy
season
starts!
 


Thank
you
all
for
your
continued
support
and
we
hope
that
this
 holiday
season,
you
will
consider
donating
and
making
life
a
little
 more
pleasant
for
those
less
fortunate
in
these
communities.
 
 Sincerely,
 Darryl
&
Adam
 CEO
and
Undergraduate
President



Christmas In the Village 

 In
 America,
 evergreen
 trees,
 colorful
 lights,
 and
 felt
 ribbons
 announce
 the
 arrival
of
the
Christmas
season.
Christmas
carols
start
to
flood
the
radio
right
 after
Thanksgiving.
In
the
Village,
there
are
no
fancy
decorations
to
tell
you
 when
 Christmas
 has
 arrived;
 in
 fact,
 Christmas
 morning
 in
 Ekumdipe
 looks
 like
 any
 other
 morning.
 Children’s
 voices,
 rather
 than
 old
 school
 carols,
 let
 everyone
in
the
village
know
that
Christmas
is
finally
here.

 

 It
 is
 customary
 for
 men
 and
 women
 in
 the
 village
 to
 exchange
 Christmas
 greetings
and
blessings.
However,
as
in
America,
the
children
always
get
all
 the
presents.
Young
boys
and
girls
from
each
household
visit
the
neighbors
 to
 collect
 their
 gifts,
 which
 consist
 of
 maize,
 yams,
 cassava,
 and
 okra.
 Villagers
do
not
have
money
to
spend
on
toys
and
games,
so
they
share
their
 food
instead.

 

 Food
 is
 plentiful
 on
 Christmas.
 Cows
 and
 goats
 are
 slaughtered
 for
 a
 huge
 feast.
There
is
a
lively
celebration
with
music,
drums
and
dancing
throughout
 the
 day.
 Later
 in
 the
 afternoon,
 the
 community
 gathers
 for
 dinner
 at
 the
 town
 center.
 With
 full
 bellies
 and
 glad
 hearts,
 families
 return
 to
 their
 households
for
the
night.

 

 As
 in
 America,
 Christmas
 is
 a
 joyous
 occasion,
 a
 time
 to
 celebrate
 and
 give
 thanks
for
some
of
life’s
greatest
gifts:
family
and
friendship.
While
Ekumdipe
 lacks
many
of
the
ornaments
and
amenities
we
enjoy,
the
stars
that
shine
in
 the
rural
night
sky
are
brighter
than
any
Christmas
lights
in
America.
 



 
 










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This holiday season; consider contributing some of your giftbudget to help pay for latrine components in Agyementi or materials to upkeep the irrigation system in Ekumdipe. Donate on behalf of yourself, a friend or family member, and you will be featured in our next newsletter and our website. Spread the holiday spirit and make a tangible difference in the communities the African Development Initiative serves.

$

25 $ 50 $

200 $ 500 


A
Donation
of
$25
buys
a
full
sack
of
seeds
for
dry‐season
 crops
OR
for
the
iron
rods
needed
to
construct
the
 foundation
of
a
latrine.
 A
Donation
of
$50
pays
for
pipe
connections
to
revamp
1/3
 of
entire
pipe
system
to
increase
area
of
irrigation
OR
for
 the
artisan
fees
of
constructing
a
latrine.


A
Donation
of
$200
buys
fencing
materials
for
10
farms
 OR
the
entire
subsidy
of
a
latrine.


A
Donation
of
$500
pays
hiring
and
traveling
expenses
for
 our
farming
expert
from
Bawku
to
move
to
Ekumdipe
 and
demonstrate
dry‐season
farming
for
3
months.


To Donate, visit africandi.com/?p=donate 



 
 










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A
Word
from
our
Chief
Financial
Officer:
 Dear
ADI
Members
and
Supporters,
 
 The
ADI
finance
team
is
launching
a
large‐scale
effort
to
raise
funds
for
ADI
operations.
We
are
implementing
a
three‐pronged
 strategy
that
includes
a
New
York
branch,
Boston
branch,
and
undergraduate
branch.
These
branches
will
collaborate
to
lead
the
 financing
effort.
From
an
operational
standpoint,
during
the
month
of
December
and
into
early
January,
Project
RISE
will
be
in
its
 second
stage
and
there
will
be
a
series
of
follow
ups
in
Agyementi
from
the
ACWA
team,
as
Darryl,
Adam,
Alex,
and
Amber
take
 flight
for
Ghana
in
December.

ADI

has
a

number
of
things
that
it
is
looking

to
accomplish
in
FY2011
in
Agyementi
and
Ekumdipe,
 our
primary
sites.

Through

the
success
of
Project
RISE,

dry‐season
crops
are
growing
well
and
there
is
an
increased

demand
for
 loans;
to
finance
only
the
most
creditworthy
and
capable
community
members,
we
will
require
a
funding
pool
of
approximately
 $15,000.

With
regards
to
ACWA,
53.7%
of
the
households
in
Agyementi
currently
have
a
latrine,
and
we
plan
to
make
this
 number
100%
by
the
end
of
FY2011.
This
means
roughly
30
additional
latrines
have
to
be
built
and
implemented
at
a
cost
of
 $200
each
in
the
coming
year.
Closing
this
46.3%
gap
and
affording
everyone
access
to
latrines
is
a
feasible
goal,
but
only
with


the
continued
support
from
our
past
sponsors,
and
the
addition
of
new
sponsors
 through
our
fundraising
initiatives.
 
 Over
the
past
two
years,
the
community
of
Agyementi
has
reached
milestones
with
 regards
to
improving
water
quality
and
quantity:
 


‐
100%
proper
latrine
usage
 ‐100%
initial
latrine
goal
reached
 ‐
100%
of
Households
who
properly
cover
their
Household
water


GOAL
AMOUNT:
 $50,000



 Despite
this
success,
the
job
is
incomplete
without
our
sanitation
goals
seeing
an
 equal,
or
greater
amount
of
success.
Given
our
operational
goals,
we
are
planning
to
 raise
$50,000
during
this
fiscal
year
with
the
undergraduate
team
being
responsible
 for
only
10%
of
that.
The
first
step
in
our
fundraising
efforts
comes
in
the
form
of
a
 benefit
cocktail
party
that
is
being
organized
by
one
of
our
generous
sponsors,
Xcel
 NYC.
Xcel
NYC
is
a
philanthropic
organization
started
by
ADI
team
members,
Gerrel
 Olivier,
Project
Enterprise
Director;
Dara
Johnson,
Project
Unveil
Director;
and
 myself.
The
cocktail
party
will
take
place
in
New
York
City
on
Martin
Luther
King
 weekend
and
act
as
a
kick‐off
event
for
ADI's
financing
efforts
in
New
York
and
 nationwide.
All
of
the
proceeds
from
the
event
will
be
donated
directly
to
ADI
and
 the
event
will
feature
a
slideshow
and
an
ADI
2011
preview
from
one
of
our
co‐ founders.
After
this
initial
event,
the
New
York,
Boston,
and
undergraduate
teams
 will
kick
off
their
fundraising
efforts
in
preparation
for
meeting
our
operational
 goals.
 
 We
appreciate
your
continued
support
and
look
forward
to
your
involvement
in
 helping
us
achieve
our
goals
of
improving
sanitation
and
continuing
to
improve
 water
quality
and
quantity.
 
 If
you
are
interested
in
becoming
a
Distinguished
sponsor,
please
feel
free
to
 contact
either
Sangu
Delle,
ADI
Executive
President
at
sangu.delle@africandi.com,
 or
myself,
ADI
Chief
Financial
Officer
at
ndubuisi.okereke@morganstanley.com.
 
 Sincerely,
 Ndu
Okereke
 Chief
Financial
Officer,
African
Development
Initiative,
Inc.



 
 










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Chief
Executive
Officer,
Darryl
Finkton
 darrylfinkton@africandi.com


Executive
President,
Sangu
Delle
 sangudelle@africandi.com


For
general
inquiries,
contact
admin@africandi.com
 
 



 
 










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