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Red Sweater Project News          July 2013

Portland Style!

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Rogue Ales' 19th Annual
Bones & Brew Festival
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Join us for a celebration of BBQ and beer in NW Portland, benefiting Red Sweater Project!
Saturday, August 3rd
Noon - 9:00pm
Sunday, August 4th
Noon - 5:00pm

Get your tickets here!
Bones & Brew is a benefit for Portland's New Generations Rotary Club, an international partner of Red Sweater Project.

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Dear Friends, Student Selection 2013
July 2011 marked the start of something new and exciting in Mungere Village. 12-year-old Glory was going to be given an opportunity that she never had before: the ability to attend a quality, affordable secondary school built within her own village. This was a dream of a lifetime for girls like Glory as it meant an education past the sixth grade.

The opportunity that Glory had is now expanding as Mungere's next class of students is currently being selected. As we reflect on just how much has happened in such a short period of time, we see how far we've come, but we're not done yet! Plans are underway to bring solar energy to the school, as well as expand the campus with the construction of science and computer laboratories. 

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Hundreds of children register in hopes of being part of
the next class of students at Mungere Secondary.

We could not have come this far without the continued support of YOU! Join us - volunteer, donate, sponsor a student - and see how we are changing lives!

Watch our new video highlighting just how far we've come!

With gratitude,Ashley with Innocent

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Ashley Holmer                                 
Founder & Executive Director    

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RSP featured at First African Ladies Summit
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First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama discuss the important role First Ladies play in both today's political landscape and as role models for young girls in their own countries and around the world. News anchor Cokie Roberts moderates.

Earlier this month, Red Sweater Project participated as a partner NGO at the First African Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Hosted by President George W. Bush and First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, the conference focused on the importance of women's education, health, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Red Sweater Project Networking Village presentation.

On his three-country tour of Africa at the same time, President Barack Obama's visit to Tanzania focused on partnerships in energy, business development and efforts to encourage more private American investment in Africa. Though each president had different agendas while visiting the country, one thing is becoming quite clear: when it comes to development in Africa, Bush and Obama are on the same team. When commenting on the success of the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), President Obama said, "Because of the commitment of the Bush Administration and the American people, millions of people's lives have been saved." Similarly, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes added, "We think it sends a very positive message that both political parties in the United States share a commitment to this continent."

Founder Ashley Holmer shares the RSP story with Presidents Bush
and Jakaya Kikwete and is also introduced to Mrs. Bush.

Indeed, much has improved in the areas of health and educational development in Tanzania and Africa in general, but there is still much to do. Whether due to childhood marriage or lack of financial ability, 83% of girls are still not graduating on to secondary school in a country with a population of 45 million. As Africa boasts the youngest population of any continent, investment in youth services is critical if we are to see the true success of investment in business and infrastructure.
In recognition of the timing of the simultaneous visits of the U.S. presidents, Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete responded to a question regarding his excitement in having the presidents visit Tanzania, "We have the President and former President in Tanzania at the same time. It's a blessing to this country."

Give A Little Bit!

Volunteer service groups visit Mungere in June and July; make new friends while making a difference!

Moondance Adventures
Thanks to 27 hardworking American students, Mungere Village now has a refurbished primary school classroom and a school store on the secondary campus!
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Primary Refurbish Outside

UNITE The World With Africa
UNITEWith a newly constructed school football pitch thanks to UNITE, we spent time playing games and with our new friends!

CMD Agency

Thanks to our friends at CMD for capturing the Red Sweater Project story!
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