Summer Camps, Indiegogo, July Concerts

Hello out there! Happy summer!

We just sent out Njacko’s July newsletter, and you can view it online here.

Summer camps

Njacko is looking forward to teaching at two different summer camps. The first camp, Africa Week at Garrison Creek Art Education Centre, is for children ages 4-10 and runs the week of July 22-26. You can find out more about the camp, including how to register (which you need to do soon!), at garrisoncreekartcentre.ca. Njacko really enjoys teaching at this camp – he has been there every summer since 2002!

The second camp is for adults – it is called WorldSongs Vocal Camp and runs from August 5-11. Njacko will be teaching along side camp leader Alan Gasser and Dr. Kathy Bullock at the beautiful Sugar Ridge retreat centre in Midland, Ontario (about an hour and a half north of Toronto). If you are interested in the camp, please have a look at the information on the camp website (www.worldsongs.ca) and register soon since there are only a very few spots left!

Raising Funds for Ecole St. Albert Le Grand

We are so grateful for all of the support we continue to receive for our partnership with Ecole St. Albert Le Grand in Bazou, Cameroon. We held our 4th annual fundraiser on May 11th at the Gladstone Hotel with amazing performances by Soli & RobNaomi TyrrellNjacko Backo, Mother Tongue, Eh?!The Reel Bulgars, and MC’s Luther Hansraj and Jacques Yams. We have already collected more than $2,800 and are anticipating that we will collect a total of $3,000 by the beginning of July! Today we dispatched the first 750,000 CFA to the school so that they can get this summer’s project started. The goal for this year is to complete the rehabilitation of the remaining school buildings on the main school site as much as possible.

This year, the second last year of our partnership with the school, we have doubled our fundraising efforts. Our overarching goal for the partnership is to help the school gain financial independence so in addition to the May fundraiser which was held to fund the building rehabilitation work this summer, we are running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to help the school start their own small business. We have just 3 days left to meet our Indiegogo fundraising goal of $6,915 to assist the school with starting their own small business – if you haven’t done so already, please visit our campaign site at igg.me/at/BazouSchool – and check out the great perks that donors can chose from! The funds raised through Indiegogo will be used to help the school start their own small business which will be administered by the parent council. All of the proceeds from this business will go to the school which will increase their income without increasing school fees for the students. Continue reading

Building Capacity at Ecole St. Albert Le Grand

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We have two very big news items this month. First is that our fourth annual fundraiser for Ecole St. Albert le Grand is coming up on Saturday May 11th. The second is that we just launched an Indiegogo campaign for Ecole St. Albert Le Grand, and it is running until June 30th!

First, a word about our fundraiser:

We are grateful that the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W.) will be hosting our fundraiser again on May 11th in their beautiful Ballroom. As was done last year, we will be holding two events:

Afternoon Family Fun for Bazou
* Featuring Soli & Rob, Naomi Tyrrell, and Njacko Backo!
* 3-5pm
* $10/child suggested donation

An Evening for Bazou
* Featuring Mother Tongue, Eh?!, The Reel Bulgars, and MC’s Luther Hansraj and Jacques Yams
* Doors at 8pm, show starts at 8:30pm
* $20 suggested donation

Advance tickets are available directly from us (Njacko and Val), and also from African Drums & Art Crafts (618 Dundas West (West of Spadina in Kensington Market)).

If you would like to learn more about our partnership with Ecole St. Albert Le Grand (including photos and videos from projects completed at the school), please visit our project blog at www.BazouSchool.blogspot.com. You may click the images below for the full event details (English and French).

An Evening For Bazou 4

Concert Pour Bazou 4

Second, a word about our Indiegogo Campaign:

In parallel with the fundraiser at the Gladstone this year, we are running an online Indiegogo campaign. Why are we running this online campaign in addition to our May 11th fundraisers? Excellent question. We are in the fourth year of our five year partnership with St. Albert Le Grand, and our overarching goal for the partnership is to help the school gain financial independence. We are continuing our fundraising at the Gladstone this year and next year to complete the repairs to the school buildings, however the funds raised through Indiegogo will be used to help the school start their own small business. The proceeds from the small business will all go to the school which will increase their income without increasing school fees for the students. Interested in finding out more? Please check out our campaign at igg.me/at/BazouSchool, and share it far and wide! The campaign is presented in both English et en français. 

Amazing Progress at Ecole St. Albert Le Grand!

Some of you may already know that we are in the  middle of a 5 year partnership with a school in Bazou, Cameroon, working with them to improve their infrastructure. We started this project after visiting the school, St. Albert Le Grand, in 2009 when we were in Cameroon to celebrate the lives of Njacko’s parents. When we were in Bazou, we visited the school to drop off school supplies that we had collected from friends and family in Canada however when we were at the school we realized that school supplies weren’t the school’s greatest need. We have a separate blog to track the project, and we invite you to have a look at all of the work that has been accomplished over the past three years – www.BazouSchool.blogspot.com. We have just put our latest update on the blog, and are so excited to share it with you. Please have a look. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the project, so don’t be shy! Here are some of the photos from this year’s project (before, during and after), you will find more on the blog!       thanks for reading! Val

Njacko Backo & Valery Woloshyn present: An Evening for the Children of Bazou – Part 3

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 2012
WHERE: Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W Toronto
AFTERNOON FAMILY FUN: 3-5pm
EVENING CONCERT: 8:30pm
FEATURING: Jane Bunnett, Afroteque – Music from the Sun, Kome Manu, Sahara Sloan & Colin Doroschuk, Soli & Rob with Alistair Ant, Charlie Kert of Little Fingers, Njacko Backo
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