We are a community based non-profit organization (NPO) that supports communities for people both in the North Shore of the Greater Boston area and abroad. We are a fun group that likes to see how we can make a positive difference in the world.
Every July, we organize and host the Salem CultureFest, sharing cultural art, music, performances, and more with the local community. The event is FREE to attend, and is a lot of fun for the thousands who stroll through the festival, taking in the sights and sounds of people having a good time.
We team up with other NPOs and support their causes. We have helped support HAWC, The Gathering, the Plummer Home For Boys, and others in the local Salem area.
In Senegal, West Africa, we purchased and installed a small computer lab at the AEDEC school, complete with a laser printer and Internet connections. The AEDEC School became the first public school in the country of Senegal to have a computer lab. Ten computers are shared by over 2000 students. Those students come from countries all over Africa, some traveling thousands of miles for an opportunity to become educated. We are continuing this project to get more computers to the AEDEC school.
We supplied Les 3D (Diapale Daan Doole) of Dakar, Senegal with new sewing machines. These machines are able to operate with or without electricity, meeting their needs because electricity is not dependable there. The sewing machines are used to provide young women with tangible skills that they can use to earn a living. Senegal is not the USA, and jobs are not available to most people. You must use your skills to create your own employment in most cases, so many people become artists and crafters and sell their crafts to tourists and the local upperclass.
At the AEDEC school, we have supplied the classrooms with new desks. While visiting there in the past, we noticed that their desks were not just worn out, but many were broken, but still in use. The desks are like tables, shared by two or three students at a time sitting next to each other. This is an ongoing project.
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