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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or myself, ADI Chief Financial Officer at email@example.com. Sincerely, Ndu Okereke Chief Financial Officer, African Development Initiative, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, Darryl Finkton firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive President, Sangu Delle email@example.com
For general inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org