ARTS EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL

Rating: 5 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 745 Green Street San Francisco CA 94133 USA

Mission: We provide sustainable, community-based arts outreach programs for orphaned, abandoned and traumatized children all over the world.
Geographic areas served: West Africa
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

As the Executive Director of AEI, I can speak to the unmatched dedication of the artistic instructors on the ground in Ghana and Sierra Leone. Since I founded AEI, one of the most important principles of our work has been to cultivate relationships between the children we serve and the bearers of artistic tradition within their own communities. Today I can proudly say that we are fostering these mentorship relationships daily, and that the artists instructing the children we serve are not only singularly talented, but compassionate and caring role models in communities with conflicted histories. Our artists help orphaned and abandoned children to confront trauma on their own terms, and to become leaders in their own communities. I simply can’t say enough and am grateful for their hard work and dedication each day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ghana and Sierra Leone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help increase and stabilize funding to match the growing needs in the Ghana and Sierra Leone.

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Rating: 5 stars  

AEI is an up-and-coming nonprofit with a unique approach to promoting education in the developing world. In my experience with NGOs, I have never seen an organization that is so resourceful in their use of funds, so culturally sensitive to the needs of the communities they serve, or so lovingly tailored to the strengths of individual students. By working closely with local artists, AEI is able to sponsor arts, drama, dance, music, writing and handicraft classes that are culturally relevant and valuable to the community in many ways. AEI provides for the personal and professional development of youth, reconciliation within post-war communities, employment for local artisans, and a forum for cultural exchange. The director and staff have an unwavering commitment to both the letter and the spirit of their mission and I'm honored to be a small part of the amazing work they do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sierra Leone and Ghana. The boys' and girls' enthusiasm for the arts and for AEI, the dedication of the educators, the demand for expanded programs, and the accomplishments of youth given access to educational resources were overwhelming. To witness firsthand the impact this organization has already had was a powerful experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

double their budget! Visit http://www.artseducationinternational.org to make a donation

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of being a member of AEI's board for the past 1.5 years, primarily focusing on working with Sarah Geller on tactical issues including operations, budgeting, organization planning, and program execution.

I continue to be impressed by Sarah's singular focus and vision for her nonprofit and have witnessed first-hand the impact that AEI's programs have on orphaned and abandoned children in West Africa. Sarah operates her organization with a keen focus on what the kids need, and is effective at aligning her administrators' and artists' objectives to investing the limited funding that she works tirelessly to generate into the right place at the right time. This is why she continues to be successful and why AEI's programs have expanded by over 75% in the past two years. And as a donor, I cannot envision a more effective way to make a difference in childrens' lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sierra Leone and Ghana

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would give them more money.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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