Our school needs to buy the land that it sits on or we’re out. Homeless.
Fresh and Green Academy has been taking impoverished kids off the street in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for 16 years. The non-denominational school educates and feeds these children at no cost to their poor, mostly single parents. With the help of Friends of Fresh and Green, a New York-based 501 (c)(3) non-profit, the school has managed to grow from a simple Kindergarten to now include Grades 1-8.
Relying completely on donations, the school has faced rising rent costs from $500 to $5,000 a month in just a few years, and the land has recently been sold to a new owner. Then the first Miracle happened: this generous individual saw the good work that the school was doing in breaking the cycle of poverty, and he offered to sell it to the school for the price he paid for it.
The second Miracle appeared from the past – Friends of Fresh and Green had raised the money to buy the property 4 years ago before the original owner backed out, and there is money still in reserve, but the price of the land has more than doubled since then.
So we need you to help create our third Miracle: raise $200,000 before the end of May so Fresh and Green Academy can buy the property it sits on. Otherwise, the land will be developed and we will have to find another location that will be even more expensive or charge the kind of rent that will put it out of business and put the kids and their parents back on the street.
Please help us with any amount you can. We have already secured $30,000 of the target from two very generous patrons who believe the work of the school is important in making the World a better place. But it is everyday people like yourself who are able to put us over the top with a US tax-deductible donation (min$10).
We invite you to visit our website at www.friendsoffreshandgreen.com , and moreover, we invite you to visit the school with us during one of our regular trips there to bring donations, supplies and help out. We think you will be amazed by the children, the school and the country of Ethiopia.