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SA project Manager Vimbai was in Vancouver for the past two weeks. Part of her visit included promoting the Vancouver South African Festival, as well as raising awareness of Education without Borders and its work in the Cape Town Gugulethu area.

Vimbai spoke to festival goers throughout the weekend, and concluded the event with an emotional and inspirational talk about the realities of South Africa, the country’s large income disparities, crime and violence, and what it is like to work with young people facing so many challenges. Vimbai’s talk, sobering at times, also drew wonderful examples of how despite such adversity, Education without Borders is making a difference in the lives of so many students.

Besides the film festival, Vimbai also spoke to various community groups while here in Vancouver. Organizations in the area of dance, music, and the local media got to learn first hand how Education without Borders is working to improve outcomes in the area of education. How we are working in english, arts, and math education, and how we are drawing on local talent to find local solutions.

Vimbai, it was wonderful having you here with us! Keep up your hard work in South Africa, and we look forward to hearing more news from you, Courtney, and the students.

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Rodney, one of our volunteers and supporters, hosts a regular Education without Borders poker fundraising night.

The night includes plenty of beer, refreshments, and prizes. For those who are interested in joining the activities, please contact us at Education without Borders, and we’ll put you onto the mailing list. Activities typically take place at the Shark’s Club in downtown Vancouver.

Participants are not pros, and are out to support a great Canadian-South African charity.

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Education without Borders has many supporters who have been instrumental in raising funds for projects at our two schools in Cape Town Gugulethu.

Joanne Smith, a long time supporter of EwB, recently held another fundraiser event at her home, where she invited Dr. Dennis Glauber to give a presentation on “Shakespeare and Opera”.  Dennis Glauber lived in South Africa in the 1960’s and was well known as the National Radio Quiz Champion. He moved to Seattle, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, in the 1970’s, and has a lecture series of a wide range of operatic topics.

The event was a huge success  and raised $1000 for EwB activities.  Feedback from guests was very positive, including this from Carol:

“Thanks you so much for that lovely evening last week with with your friend Dennis.  I thoroughly enjoyed his presentation, particularly the South African production of Othello compared with Otello.  I love that opera, but it was wonderful hearing Shakespeare the way it should be spoken, slow delivery so we could relish every word, and the enunciation absolutely perfect. ” – Carol

This event is an example of how it is possible for you to organize activities with your friends to fundraise for Education without Borders.

How about having friends over for tea? A morning walk and coffee? A small potluck dinner? Simple and small social events with donations of just a few dollars a person add up quickly – you’d be surprised! And donating the funds you collect is easy, just visit: – http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=83035

 

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