Sasef has been of a great help to our social center. Through the donation of computers, TV and books they have strengthened the centers' library and supported the creation of a media center and computers room for the teenagersn from Vila Cruzeiro, a poor neighborhood in the south area of Brazil. These equipments enable our work to empower youth at risk through after school courses and activities fundamented in authorship, communication and collaboration.
We are happy that SASEF had the vision to support such initiative that we consider of extreme importance for youth at risck.
SASEF FOUNDATION HAS BEEN ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF OUR NON-PROFIT BRAZILIAN INSTITUTION (NGO): ASSOCIAÇÃO PARADIGMAÇÃO -PAPS (www.paradigmacaopaps.com.br ), FOUNDED IN SEPTEMBER 30TH,2010. AS AN OUTSTANDING REFERENCE ON NON-PROFIT ACTIONS AND PROJECTS, WE HAVE HAD THE HONOR OF REGULAR CONSULTANCY ON IMPROVING OUR PROJECTS, BESIDES HELPING SPREAD SASEF INITIATIVES SUCH AS READING SPACES FOR COMMUNITIES AND DAY-CARE CENTERS FOR PEOPLE PLACED AT RISK IN PORTO ALEGRE AND METROPOLITAN AREAS, RIO GRANDE DO SUL, BRAZIL. NEEDLESS TO MENTION THE PHANTASTIC WORK ON LIFE AND CAREER PROJECTS WITH ADOLESCENTS PLACED AT RISK THAT BOTH MYSELF AND MY HUSBAND HAD THE PLEASURE TO PARTICIPATE AS JUDGES OF BEST PROJECTS TO BE AWARDED! SASEF FOUNDATION DO DESERVE THE 2012 TOP-RATED AWARDS, NOT ONLY FOR THEIR LOCAL INITIATIVES IN BRAZIL, BUT WORLDWIDE,LIKE THE RECENT PROJECTS DEVELOPED IN LIBERIA, AFRICA!
I am very grateful for the asistance that was given to me by Ms. Rhonda Staudt and her team at SASEF who reviewed The Institute for Conscious Global Change, Inc. proposal for the Virtual Global Earth Project which has as one of its focus to assist youth and especially girls as part of the Millennium Development Goals. Their recommendations for how to solicit the help of volunteers and also to become part of the United Nations system was extremely valuable and has resulted in direct contact with UNESCO and ECOSOC.
SASEF helped international school children in Angola to connect with a local community and to build a school together for local children of internally displaced people. Rhona Staut and her husband were wonderful with the children and helped us set up ongoing projects with polio victims and Congolese refugees.
Calvary Empowerment Team (CET) as a local Not for Profit Organization came in contact with SASEF in mid 2010 while scouting for partners for its summer camp for children. SASEF offered a hand of partnership that touched the lives of staffs, volunteers and participants of CET's program. As an institution looking for partnership, funding and technical assistance, SASEF provided us the technical assistance in organizational development, project development, networking, and social marketing. Our experience with SASEF leaves CET in a network of governmental, non governmental agencies, public and privite institutions and a sound and vibrant organizational structure. Our kids experience with SASEF as reflected in an evaluation questionaire at the end of a six weeks basketball and psycho-social camp, shows that the SASEF sponsored 16 children had life changing encounters ranging from lacked of idea about youth involvement community service, causes of malaria, hygiene to learning how to play basketball. More than 83 children in Firestone and Monrovia were touched through SASEF facilitation during our training sessions on some of the above listed issues. Two of the SASEf sponsored children are still under going counseling which is greatly impacting their lives. CET as an organization is really benefiting from SASEF partnership. Currently, SASEF and CET are working on a joint program to launch massive awareness in Harbel on the MDGs, focusing on MDGs 3,4,5,6,&7,8. CET staff experience with SASEF cannot be over emphasized. SASEF is currently grooming three staffs of CET through its education for employment program which is making significant impact on the lives of these staffs. As a result of SASEF, one of CET's staff was enlisted for a workshop with ChildFund Liberia as a social worker and certificated at the end of this training. My experience as Executive Director of CET in relations to SASEF is a big one. SASEF offices has been opened to me as a place of reference, coaching, mentoring and above all research. SASEF has helped me as a person identified major weaknesses in my leadership career and has provided me guidiance in dealing with these issues. SASEF remains a premier not for profit in the promotion of education.