On our third visit to the school this year we had the pleasure of introducing Mr. Christopher Loreck of #Salesforce in San Francisco to our founder Muday and the wonderful community of students, moms and volunteers. This generous new participant, whom we met at #Dreamforce2018 was keen to explore the warm Ethiopian culture and history and made an instant connection with our kids and the people who make Fresh and Green Academy run.
Over the course of a week, Christopher sponsored a student with HIV, also sponsored the single mother Zebib who was our guide in her university pursuits, and came up with an array of ideas to solve our ongoing challenges. And hey, the humble operators who manage the all-powerful Salesforce customer resource management platform at Friends were thrilled to have a Solutions Engineer at their side to pepper with technical questions all…week…long!
We also ran across Cathie Miller, a Canadian nurse practitioner with an adventurous spirit who joined us to get an in-depth look at the school, do some triage (a daily need with 250 boisterous youngsters), and left with stories and scarves to spread to her co-workers and friends. Cathie added a lot of energy to our last day to cap off a great trip, so thanks, guys, for coming to visit!
We encourage anybody who thinks they might like to explore our world, including scaling a 3,000 foot volcano to see the monastery and caldera lake at the top (and getting stuck 4 times on Mount Zuqualla!) to contact us about visiting Fresh and Green Academy. We guarantee it will change your outlook and display the hope and beauty of our planet.
Revenues up 96% in 2017
The Board of Friends of Fresh and Green Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in New York, NY, is pleased to announce its financial results for the year ended June 30, 2017. The organization was founded in 2008 to support the Fresh and Green Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This is a school for underprivileged children who receive daily nutrition and basic medical care in addition to being educated. The organization also promotes the Mothers Cooperative there, which seeks to empower disadvantaged women through training in various craft disciplines, so that they can provide for their families in the future.
Several highlights can be drawn from this data:
- Gross revenues increased 96% from the previous year to $173,000
- Credit card debt incurred in the previous year to keep the basic functions of the school in operation were eliminated
- 78% of the gross revenues were used for school support to satisfy the organization’s mandate. Nearly $135,000 was used to support the Academy and Mothers Cooperative.
- Bank and interest charges were higher than normal due to inefficiencies and penalties as the revenues from the previous year were much lower than average. This should improve going forward.
Please click on the links below to view the PDF files.
FY 2016-17 Statement of Activity
FY 2016-17 Cash Flow
Over 50 players and volunteers helped us raise even more money than last year as the Eighth Annual Casino Event went down last night in New York City. Congratulations to the new champions of Poker and Blackjack who shared some amazing prizes while helping the children of Fresh and Green Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The roulette table was a big hit and the raffle for Red Hot Chili Peppers and Yankees vs. Red Sox tickets added a lot of excitement to a noisy but friendly night of gaming.
A big thanks to our hosts at Connolly’s Pub Klub 45 on West 45th Street and to our always professional dealers and croupiers.
We hope to keep expanding this night which benefits our efforts in Africa and will keep you posted on the date next September for another chance to win for a good cause!