Virtual Poker to Help Our Kids – Join Us

Virtual Poker to Help Our Kids – Join Us

We’re hosting a charity virtual poker game, silent auction, and draw to benefit the students of Fresh & Green Academy. We’re looking for sponsors and will be signing up players shortly.

Does your business need to be marketed to some of the most engaged and intelligent people in the country? Put your logo in the lobby and poker rooms of our annual online charity poker tournament and social evening Thursday, September 30, 2017 – 8:00PM Eastern.

There are 3 levels of sponsorship:

    • Bronze Sponsor ($1,000) – gets your 2 complimentary seats at poker
    • Silver Sponsor ($2,000) – gets your 5 complimentary seats at poker
    • Gold Sponsor ($5,000) – gets your 10 complimentary seats at poker

Be one of the first two companies with the largest sponsorship to get your logo on the tables, and everybody’s logo will be in the poker rooms and the lobby. Simply click the Buy a Ticket button and purchase a sponsorship. We’ll contact you at that email to obtain your logo and send your a coupon code for your players to enter the poker tournament.

Our friends at Poker4Life have loaned us their top-class virtual poker site so you will feel like you’re sitting across the table with your fellow supporters of Fresh & Green Academy, where children and their marginalized parents work together to conquer poverty through education, industry and love.

Please join us, promote your business, and make the world a better place!

Canadian Not-for-Profit Granted Charitable Status

Canadian Not-for-Profit Granted Charitable Status

We have great news from Canada as Canadian Friends of Fresh and Green Academy has been granted charitable status. This expands our reach to another 35 million potential supporters and rewards our long-time donors there with a tax credit going forward.

As in the U.S., all of our 5 board members are volunteers and they are supported by even more energetic helpers to promote Muday’s school and Mothers Coop, and many events and fundraisers are in store.

So congratulations to (l-r) Blaine, Rahel, Neil, Tsedey, Paul and Company for their determination and effort to feed and educate kids in Ethiopia whom otherwise might be trapped in the cycle of poverty. You can check out their website here.

November Visit Brings New Volunteers!

November Visit Brings New Volunteers!

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.

Financial Results Fiscal Year 2016-17

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

Special Needs, Special Opportunity

Special Needs, Special Opportunity

We have some students whose stories Muday could not overlook when they approached the school. Muday created Fresh and Green Academy to help children who need it the most, and that is why these kids were taken into the school, even though they need more resources than normal to succeed. While many of our children suffered in their early years from malnutrition, and the debilities that come with that, several of them faced even more frightening challenges: hydrocephalus, blindness, paraplegia and emotional scars.

A boy named Yesuna was brought to the school because his mother wanted to abandon him. He had been neglected since birth after his mother could not afford to feed him. He was left in their hovel while his mother waited for him to die, and malnutrition made him blind, deaf and unresponsive. He has a severe mental disability. He is too weak to walk or even sit up. But Muday would not abandon him.

Through daily care for over 2 years, Yesuna is coming back. Turns out he is not deaf after all, and responds to music and clapping. His caregivers have applied physiotherapy methods and he now has the strength to sit up on his own. He can now communicate his most basic needs, but cannot speak.

Yesuna has almost constant attention, from his caregivers to be sure, but from his schoolmates as well! A television is kept in his room and his friends come to be with him and watch TV. And this is one of the real benefits of having these students in the community: these kids learn to build people with special needs into their own lives! Everybody lends a hand when needed.

We need your help! Can you help sponsor one of our special needs kids through the Friendship Club program? We have created a special category for this initiative and you will be sure to get progress reports from your Friend along the way.

Become a Friendship Club member!

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#WalkForThem Spring Fashion Show Fundraiser

Friends came together for our stunning and exciting #WalkForThem Fashion Show in New York City on May 20th. Our volunteer models, mothers and daughters all, raised nearly $7,000 for Fresh and Green Academy! A great thank-you also for the talented volunteers who put the show together, and of course all of our donors and sponsors who have given us new resources to keep our 235 students in school!

Models proudly showed fashions made by our Mothers Cooperative at the school. Our guests were entertained by Mike DiRubbo’s Jazz Trio who immediately left for a tour of Czech Republic. Patrons were treated to a traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony hosted by Executive Director Sosina Mulugeta Gebreyesus.

If you are interested in purchasing fashions from the Mothers Cooperative, please visit our Etsy store by clicking here.

There is still time to donate to the event. Thanks for supporting #WalkForThem!