We are humbly seeking your support so that I can travel to Columbia from 8/2/15-8/15/15 with my daughter. She received a grant along with seven other youths to travel to Columbia with an awesome organization called Global-Acts (www.global-acts.org) please visit their website to see what they're doing for the youth in our community. I have been invited to come on the trip as a mentee to learn from Aris White-Simpson Executive Director and awesome educator of Global-Acts. This wonderful opportunity has come at a perfect time since my daughter just graduated from Betty Shabazz Academy (African-Centered Charter School) first in her class :-} she received the highest award given by the school for her academic excellence, leadership skills and community service along with other awards and recognition. It has been our wish since she began school at Shabazz at the age of 5 years old that she would travel to our native land by this time. But, unfortunately the school has not had a class travel back home since 2011 due to lack of support, funding and just parents not being able to afford it. So, when I ran into Mama Aris who we met at the school when she was a teacher there. Who we have kept in touch with and she told me about this trip and what was needed for her to have this opportunity we jumped on it. We are very excited for our daughter and for me to be able to experience and learn from this powerful sister. Having this opportunity will be the beginning of helping the school get back on track to making sure that we can expose them to their culture not just in the classroom but also real life experience in connecting to our people all over the world. We will be connecting with the Afro-Columbians while we travel to at least three different cities in Columbia. We thank our ancestors for putting this in our path.
This opportunity cannot happen at this time without your help and support. We don't have much time to raise the funds. Words cannot express what this would mean to us. Aside from the wonderful opportunity and experience we will have. I have been told by our elders that I should take this trip with my daughter since this is the first time she would be traveling abroad. And you know when the elders speak you should listen. That is why even though we have limited time to raise the money we had to make the effort to make it happen. We know that there is no such thing as a coincidence, our ancestors put things in our path and it's up to us to make the connections with them to fulfill our destinies and to be in tune with the messages they give us.
So,with that being said, We thank you in advance for any donation you can make for this Sojourn to Columbia!!! and We leave you with the African Proverb which we live by: "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child" We thank all the Mama's and Baba's that have contributed to the growth and development of our children.