Join the Friendship Club on #GivingTuesday

Join the Friendship Club on #GivingTuesday

On #GivingTuesday we will be launching the Friendship Club!

Please join us in this amazing gift of nourishment and education!

What is #GivingTuesday?

Created by 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces—collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly—to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.

What is the Friendship Club?

Friendship Club logo

A new twist on our old child sponsorship program! 

This new program gives you the opportunity to help our students and the school in a way that fits your lifestyle.


We are offering three new “Friendship” tiers to give you ample opportunity to help the children.

Our current general sponsorship opportunity,

Friend level-$35 a month will feed one child three meals a day for a month.

Our new Friendship Club levels include:

Good Friend level-$50 will assist in the purchase of a uniform and school supplies for two students for a year.

Best Friend level-$75 helps cover monthly costs for any student who needs medical attention.

Friend for Life level-$100 Contributes to the cost of one teachers monthly salary. The students education would not be possible without these hard working men and woman!

No matter what level you choose, you will be making a difference. We will pair you with a student and will receive communication and periodic updates about him or her and the school.


Sign up on or before #GivingTuesday and receive an extra surprise!

Friendship Club Perks

Join the club today!

Become a Friendship Club member!

Help us Win the $125,000 Life is Good Challenge

Help us Win the $125,000 Life is Good Challenge

Help us win $50,000!

Our Life is Good campaign goal is to raise enough money to run the school through next summer so we can focus our future fundraising efforts on building a new school. Through your support and the potential $50,000 first prize, this will become a reality.  A little goes a long way:

$17 buys books for two students

$38 buys food (three meals a day) for a month for one student

$56 buys school supplies and a uniform for two students for the year

$110 pays a teacher’s salary for one month

The cost to operate the school, including food for three meals a day for the children and some families and staff (about 250 people), school rent, salaries, medical expenses, utilities and supplies, is close to $12,000 a month. Thank you for your generosity, please spread the word today.

You can help the children grow up and change the world.

The children of Fresh and Green Academy have been given a chance at life, through nourishment and education. The director and founder of the school, Muday Mitiku provides a safe and loving learning environment for 182 children who would otherwise be in the streets begging for food instead of receiving a quality education. All the students receive free education, books, clothing, health care and food because of the generous donations of individuals such as yourself. We invite you to help us guarantee this will not change and the children will grow up healthy and happy.

7th Annual Poker Fundraiser was a Huge Success

7th Annual Poker Fundraiser was a Huge Success

A great time was had by all! The big winners took home some great prizes that included a weekend stay at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas and NY Jet’s tickets!

Tarah Lee, of Tarah Lee Photography, truly captured the essence of the night, and we raised enough money to pay the salaries of the teachers at the school and continue to provide a quality education to the children who really have no other educational options.

Thank you!



Poker Fundraiser 2015

Host a Dinner to Bring Back Dinner

Host a Dinner to Bring Back Dinner




We’re calling on our passionate friends, food enthusiasts, and in-the-know connectors to join our “Host a Dinner to Bring Back Dinner” fun with the shared goal of raising enough for 365 days of dinner for the 182 children of Fresh and Green Academy, a school for needy children in Ethiopia that keeps the children fed, educated and out of the streets begging for food.

Now that’s a reason to celebrate.


Join our inaugural community of BRING BACK DINNER Dinner hosts! Get started by creating your own BRING BACK DINNER Dinner fundraising page and setting a meal goal for your Dinner.



Invite guests to your Dinner using Paperless Post. In lieu of bringing wine or dessert, encourage each guest to donate $25 (or any amount they wish), which provides dinner for 59 kids, through your fundraising page. Track your group’s collective impact, and follow up with friendly reminders.


A BRING BACK DINNER Dinner can come in any shape or size: dinner a deux; a come-all campus picnic; an underground tasting for strangers; a potluck with your closest buds. Make it yours. Explore our Pinterest page for DIY decorating and recipe ideas. Download hunger facts, stencils and other resources to host the best Dinner ever.


It’s humble brag time. Besides enjoying a beyond-tasty meal, celebrate the number of meals your Dinner provided to children of Fresh and Green. Document your Dinner throughout the evening and post to Instagram with #BringBackDinner so we can celebrate with you!


Raise awareness by sharing a picture or video of your dinner #BringBackDinner



3 Ways to Make a Difference this Summer

3 Ways to Make a Difference this Summer

1- Get Your Tickets for the 7th Annual Poker Fundraiser

Join us for our annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament and Casino Night event in NYC on September 28th, 2015

Join us for an evening of Poker, Black Jack and fun! Register today and pay only $250.00 for $2,500.00 in chips, 3 hours premium open bar, and 3 hours of fine hors d’oeuvres! (ticket price is $275.00 after September 9th and as always most of your ticket is tax deductible)
Play will be for prizes such as Sporting event tickets, Broadway tickets, wellness services, dinners and a special Las Vegas grand prize!
There will be professional dealers and beginner tables with instruction are available.
Don’t want to play?
For $90.00, receive open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and more fun and games while helping the children of Fresh and Green Academy!

Get you tickets now!

2- Sponsor a Child

The children of Fresh and Green Academy attend school all year round so they are able to eat throughout the summer.

The Academy is of vital importance to the children it serves because this school is the only place they eat. While classes are scaled back during the summer, the children still attend school from 8am till 5pm, attending both academic and extra curricular classes. Summer is also a time many volunteers visit and help with English language and other life skills. Your donations through our “Child Sponsorship Program” help keep the school functioning all year round so it can continue to provide a safe and loving environment and the nourishment and care needed for the children to survive and thrive.

3- Take Part in an Upcoming Event or Volunteer.

We are planning events all summer and looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our board!

We are planning fundraising events in San Jose, CA, Portland, OR and New York City, NY in the upcoming months. If you are in one of those areas, and would like to join a planning committee or volunteer in another capacity, please contact Trish at for more information.

We are also in the process of growing our board! If you have passion and are willing to “roll up your sleeves” and help with fundraising and some organizational work, we want you!

Learn More Here


You Helped So Many While Having So Much Fun!

You Helped So Many While Having So Much Fun!

Thank you to all who came out and made a difference in the lives of the children while having a great time doing it.

It takes a lot to keep a school of 160 students that also provides meals for the children and their families running. While the task can seem daunting, it is a lot easier when we throw fun into the mix. We did just that, last month, when we hosted our 6th annual Poker/Casino Night fundraiser in New York City!

The night was filled with excitement and competition and six lucky winners took home amazing prize packages donated by so many generous companies.

The top three blackjack and poker players took home prize packages valued over $1,000 each and the final tables all received premium wine from NY Vintners and Tommy Vanik as well has haircuts from Cutting Edge Fred and massages from Physical Advantage Massage Therapy and Georgette Williams.

Our lucky raffle winner received a Proenza Schouler hand bag valued at over $1,600!

We were fortunate to have NYC Fair Trade Coalition Blogger, Amber  Harkonen, in attendance. See what she had to say.

Thanks again to those who made it out and a special thank you our many sponsors. Please be sure to patronize these business:

Proenza Schouler, Dirty2Purdy, Joe Joseph’s Photography, Duxiana Bed Co., Dr. Gregg Rubinstein, Rituals Cosmetic, Red Bass Brewing, The Shubert Organization, NY Vintners, Kate Hildebrandt Structural Integration, Da Marino Restaurant, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Crema Mexican Restaurant, Louis Licari, Desmond’s Steak House, H2 Windsurfing, Aperitivo, Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Da Noi, Dana Matthow, David Allen Marketing, Advanced Skin Care, Tony Robles and Amsterdam Billiards, City Crab, Big Daddy’s, Duke’s, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman, Robert Essel Photography, Movement Fitness, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Richart Chocolate, 46th Street Stationhouse, Georgette Williams, and Wall Street Walks

A great time was had by all and you helped us raise $11,000 for the children!

You can continue to make a difference by sponsoring a child or creating your own fundraising page and getting your friends and family involved too!

Together we can change the world!