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NextAid: We’ve Achieved Great Things Together

Dear NextAid supporters,

We are pleased to announce that we raised over $5,000 in the Bids Build Hope online auction in August.  Thanks to you!  Also because of you, the youth of the Kawangware Vision Centre (KVC) in Nairobi Kenya, are closer to having a permanent multi-purpose space to learn practical micro-enterprising skills and a place to go to avoid the streets.  You have supported 27 youth construction apprentices, 106 young children in their feeding and recreation program, 70 former street kids and vulnerable girls in their bag making business, 35 mothers and HIV positive women from KVC women’s group, and countless others from the slum community of 500,000 people whose lives are made exponentially better because of your efforts.


We are deeply grateful for the time and effort you have put in towards our auction.  By December 31st we are looking to raise $15,000 to finish the project and close this first chapter of NextAid, which has included the Red Rhino Orphanage in Kenya, GoGoGetters program supporting AIDS orphans to go to school in South Africa, traininng of youth in the construction of the Kawangware Vision Center in Kenya, and the first phase of a birthing center in Sierra Leone. If you are interested in joining NextAid in the transition to our next iteration and furthering your support at this time, please stay tuned for more fun ways to support the cause, including hosting holiday parties and gifting virtual holiday cards. Find out what you can do by joining our holiday event on facebook.  ‘Tis the season!


Next Aid Celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day


This week, Former President Nelson Mandela is celebrating his 93rd birthday! Every year on his birthday, people globally dedicate their time towards serving others to honor the sacrifices he made. Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life in the struggle for justice. We invite you to share 67 minutes of your time in helping others to mark Mandela Day 2011.

As many of you probably know our 4th Annual Auction, Bids Build Hope, is scheduled for August 2011 around International Youth Day to raise funds for NextAid’s programs, including the Kawangware Vision Centre (KVC). KVC is a project based in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi, Kenya, run by a community-based youth group which makes silk-screened gift bags out of recycled paper to sell to local businesses. For more information visit http://nextaid.org/kawangware.htm.

We are at a critical juncture in enabling the project to move forward and be completed on schedule, so we are reaching out to seek your support. We need to raise another $20,000 to complete the KVC project and are looking to partner with individuals or businesses who share our passion in the music, arts, entertainment, and social and environmental sustainability to help with our auction. We are inviting you to spend 67 minutes of your time today to help us, help the people who need it most in Africa by reaching out to your friends and contacts to collect items for our online auction.

To read more about Mandela Day visit http://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay.