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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our organization Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation works to eradicate poverty by providing education and education resources to children and youth. We work to raise awareness and promote the protection of children’s rights. Our Mission To improve the quality of life for children and youth by providing education and advocating for protection from exploitation and physical harm. Our Vision A world where every child is educated, and protected from all forms of harm, having a voice as their needs are met, allowed to grow up with dignity, equality and respect. A world where every young person has access to employment and opportunity.

Results: Angola Education Award for Educating Children in Angola Award nominee for Raising the Social Consciousness of Children and Youth in Brazil We have donated 5 Children's Libraries in Brazil; New books, New computers We have hosted Youth Education for Employment Conferences in Angola, Brazil and Liberia. We have paid for children to go to primary, secondary, vocational and college, purchased school supplies, provided a bit of food and transportation. We have raised the money to build a primary school and pay school fees for the first 100 children to attend. Mentored young people into professional jobs with Fortune 500 companies and local companies. Our youth education for employment program has resulted in two self-sustaining youth NGO's. Found by the young people in Angola and Liberia.

Target demographics: Our target demographic is children and youth ages 0-25 years of age. We help children and young people in some of the most poor and violent neighborhoods in the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150

Geographic areas served: Angola, Brazil, Germany, Liberia, Uruguay and United States of America

Programs: The V Sign is a child's silent self identifier signaling "I am in trouble" To stop and advocate against all forms of harm to children; child trafficking, child labor, bullying, child prostitution, child sexual exploitation, child slavery and all forms of discrimination against children. Children's Art Project using a human rights based approach to teaching children about their human rights. To empower children and youth to become informed activist and agents of change. Scholarship Program to send children to school who would not otherwise attend because they can not afford it. Youth Employment creates education for employment skills to support youth who volunteer in community projects. Policy reform; Education and employment policy reform; to promote and advocate global policy reform for youth leaders who volunteer receive priority placement (in the classroom and on the job) in education and employment opportunities.

Community Stories

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SASEF is a great non-profit foundation that promotes education of children safety in the world. My daughter is helping the SASEF to edit and proof-reading the V-sign document that SASEF is promoting. We were reading the documentaries/stories in the SASE website and we were deeply touched by the work they are doing. As a parent, I absolutely applaud the efforts of SASEF to raise the awareness of child safety and to promote the V-sign as a world language to recognize potential child victims.

It is a great foundation for HUMANITY!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The loss of a child is something no parent should have to go through; but it is not only the parents that are hurting. Sometime a parent’s grief is so deep they do not see the other people in their child’s life that are also touched. Immediate family is the easiest to see, brothers and your spouse or step-parent; then aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. Then the children’s friends, some of whom the parent may not even know.

The Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation thought TMMAF, has helped this family extend the memory, love and positive outgoing attitude of one lost child and extend the reach to over 5000 other children around the world so that they may know love, music, education, hope and optimism. The joy from giving, knowing that this lost child would be thrilled to see the positive impact SASEF has in many other lives is outstanding and refreshing beyond words.

I believe that you don’t have an impact on only the one person you see, because behind every individual are many others that also feel your actions and words. Thank you SASEF and The Todd McQuillan Memorial Arts foundation for making a difference in over 5000 lives directly and thousands more indirectly.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SASEF is an amazing foundation that not only has children's best interests and education at heart but others as well. A child's safety is probably one of the most important needs in the world today. The "V Sign" is so significant to children's safety world wide and will ultimately save hundreds if not thousands of kids lives. I applaud the determination and tenacity which SASEF has displayed in order to achieve world wide recognition to assist others with education, safety and a better quality of life. I met the director of SASEF, Rhonda Staudt, in Liberia, West Africa where she was actively involved with helping many people not only there but throughout the world. She is truly a gift from God for so many people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation is an amazing non-profit organization which assist kids with their education and dreams. The organization has assisted many kids in different parts of the world who are underprivileged and need education. Rhonda Staudt enthusiasm for all children's education can be seen in all that she does from the children's drawing competitions, the library projects, book donations, etc. Rhonda has a dream to educate all children and she passionately pursues every avenue to achieve her goals. It's a pleasure and honor to know Rhonda and SASEF.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met the family SASEF when I came to live in Brazil . The charm of SASEF goes beyond the wonderful fact of being an organization that provides opportunities to children and youth. I was fascine with the life experience of its director Rhonda Staudt and its donation to social causes in different countries. Also the care and dedication of the volunteers and the people who participate in the various activities.

I thank SASEF by having known my friend Rachel, who has been a sister to me in Brazil , sharing the wonderful experience of volunteering participating and contributing in various social activities in the city of Porto Alegre.
The family SASEF has allowed me to bring in the heart and memory a lot of smiles and happy little faces of children, youth, teachers, partners and volunteers who have participated in activities that surely has sown the seeds that will change the lives of children benefited. I remember specially the conference " Making my dream a reality," with the participation of over 100 children. I recommend to participate in all SASEF activities to be happier and reap valuable experiences to life !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of knowing and helping SASEF from its formation. As a professional who has worked for almost 30 years with many charitable organizations, I can honestly say that SASEF is one of the best. I've seen only consistently excellent, high quality programs and initiatives produced and developed by SASEF. SASEF is an example of what a charitable organization should provide to improve life for all of us, directly and indirectly. SASEF's programs are truly a life changing blessing to the participants!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent example of a well run volunteer organization.

Raquel Oberst

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since 2006 SASEF has definitely been transforming the way I feel about the world around me as a volunteer. It has made me a stronger person and allowed me to explore new concepts and build long-lasting friendships. SASEF has taught me about so many different subjects, cultures and people.
I have met so many inspirational people and learned so many life lessons that helped me to contribute more to my community.
Through the donation of books, televisions, dvd players and computers for the “International Reading Corners Project” in poor neighborhoods in Porto Alegre, in the south of Brazil, SASEF has given children and students the opportunity to explore so many different fields and opened new doors for their lives and futures.
Through projects, workshops and weekend trips SASEF has given a lot of children, teenagers and students a different view about the world and its possibilities to have a better chance in life and the opportunity to discover new things, like as new ideas and conceptions of who they want to be and how they want to go about achieving that and facing opportunities in obstacles.
Our projects have not only made them aware of their human potential, intellectual and social abilities but also indicated and revealed them a better idea of their future career path.

The new project “Stop Trafficking Children and Youth The V Sign”, a Universal Hand Sign was created specifically for children and youth. The V Sign equips children and youth with a real tool to self protect and possibly prevent their being stolen or trafficked. The V Sign can also used as an SOS alert for a child or youth who has been stolen or trafficked.

I am very grateful to SASEF for all those opportunities, indescribable feelings and extremely valuable experiences!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since 2006 I have been taking part in Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation projects in Porto Alegre, Brazil,

Our goal is provide safe spaces for reading and encourage children and young people to go further in their lives through education.
SASEFis giving children and youth a chance to go to school, find a job and create a better future for themselves, their families, future generations and the global community.
We built around 3 libraries and one computer center, like at YACM-Vila Restinga Olímpica, at Vila Novo Chocolatão and at Vila Cruzeiro in Porto Alegre, Brazil and are developing youth employment workshops.

Being part on SASEF's projects makes me understand and respect all the cultural differences and opinions and fight prejudices. I do believe that only through education we can make a difference and put an end on poverty and social gap. Nowadays I do not imagine myself without taking part on SASEF's projects. I meet a lot of great people and have the chance to kwon new projects and take part in it.
To help more and more children in my country, Brazil, where the criminality is very intense and the number of drug addicts is extremely high is a big challenge, but I'm sure supporting and providing educationis the onlyt way to make a better world for children and youth. When I see children reading books for the first time in their lives In the libraries we arranged, I feel really happy and satisfied, because we can change their lives with books!!!

SASEF is a great nonprofit organization and is developing wonderful social projects around the globe. I'm happy to have the chance to make a difference in the world - maybe small, but really from the heart!

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Amadu

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a firsthand benefactor of some of the many wonderful things SASEF is doing around the world. Coming from Liberia, one of the poorest countries in the world, I am today living my life long dream of having a better education in the United States because of SAEF. SAEF is an organization of wonderful and amazing people whose only objectives are helping others and I am proud and honored to be part of the SAEF family.

daniely

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have always wanted to work as a volunteer, but until I join SASEF, I couldn´t find a NGO in which I could really help children and be part of a such life changing experiences! With the International Reading Corners Project, we saw children from very disavantaged districts have their first contact with books and movies, feeling more loved, working them on their self-steem and how they deserve the best in life.
SASEF helped so many children in my hometown, doing a remarkable work in Porto Alegre. In addition to the International Reading Corner, SASEF helped also teenagers to find their first job as trainees.
The SASEF Family is all over the world, and we are always in touch with each other and we exchange lots and lots of experiences which also helps us doing t better work on site.

Due to all this, I truly believe SASEF is a great non profit organization and has been doing a wonderful job!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started at SASEF helping a little bit to connect his nonprofit to other NGOs in my hometown. The work developed by SASEF was so prefessional and seirous that I decided to help it more and more.When we wrote together the Library Project and brought partners like Germany Consulate, UNESCO and YMCA I felt really happy. But the greatest moment was to see the 1st library opened, with over 500 books, DVDs, toys and love:the children reading and getting excited with the books was breathtaking to me. Until today I remember the look on their faces. Now we are building another one and I think the feeling will be the same. One of the more inspirational moment we had these past days was the news that one of our boys was hired in a great Hotel:his first job and we are part of this for we helped him with workshops and curriculum. Working for SASEF has been quite a journey: the love we feel for avery single member and volunteer are very strong, although we do not know each other in person, but we know by heart. I truly belive in SASEF's mission to erradicate poverty, one child at a time.

Marluana Fernandes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found myself lost about what course to take in my life, until I met SASEF and the wonderful work they do. making the world a better place helping people around the world. they have the dedication to good causes. certainly, I feel proud and happy with the work of SASEF!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Gwenilize

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SASEF has been very supportive to the growth and development of Messengers of Peace-Liberia(MOP), a Non Profit, Voluntary Organization working with youth in promoting peace and development through Volunteerism since 2011. MOP-Liberia’s vision is to become one of the great Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) movement in Liberia and the sub-region which stands for key peace values and is not afraid or reluctant to stand up for peace and non-violence. MOP-Liberia is a conscientious objector to any form of violence anywhere in the world. During its embryonic phase, SASEF provided the impetus for the growth of Messengers of Peace-Liberia through various capacity building programs for Peace Messengers(volunteers) including the Executives and Board Members. SASEF also assisted greatly in hoisting MOP website and provided resource linkages to organizations whose mandates were in sic with that of Messengers of Peace-Liberia. Consequently,raised the profile of the organization to international standard. SASEF assisted in the promotion of MOP's three(3) online proposals on strengthening peace clubs in Liberian schools and communities, Mentorship and Coaching Program for Adolescent Girls in Peacebuilding and Advocacy for Peace Project. Moreover, I've been greatly touched and inspired in my professional journey by the work and programmes of SASEF as Executive Director of Messengers of Peace-Liberia(MOP).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first time coming across Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation(SASEF) or knowing about this unique organization was through it's founding chair . SASEF has been working tirelessly with its support through Educational empowerment for youth in Liberia. One major example is a one day intensive traning on organizational skills called "Raising the Bar" organized by SASEF for a Non-Governmental and Non-political Organization called Messengers of Peace Liberia(MOP Liberia), a youth group dedicated to preaching message of peace and development in Liberia. As part of SASEF's mandate as it relates to Educational empowerment, this organization has been providing support to other youth organizations in Liberia aimed at achieving the Millenium Development Goals(MDGS) for Liberia, such support was also given during the celebration of the Global Youth Service Day(GYSD 2011) in Liberia where youths of Liberia were educated on the Millenium Development Goals(Goals 2, 6 & 7) which has to do with ACHIVING UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION ,
COMBATING HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASES
and lastly ENSURING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so inspired by the work SASEF has been doing and continues to do. For a non-profit to consistently deliver high-quality programmes is a feat that SASEF seems to achieve with ease. This is primarily due to the great leadership provided by the Founding Chair Mrs Rhonda Staudt and the dedication of the entire Board of Directors of SASEF and SASEF volunteers around the world. I am honored to be a part of the Team. The SASEF created initiative the V-Sign (launched in MAy 2013) which seeks to help stop child trafficking by providing children and young people with a sign that they can use to signal that they are being trafficked, is particularly important and is gaining momentum internationally. I am 100% in support of this initiative as it is timely and goes directly to the heart of the matter by giving the intended victim of child trafficking an simple but instantly recognizable tool that can aid in their rescue. Once again SASEF is leading from in front and a number of noteworthy organizations like SOS Kinderdof are lining up in support.

darrell-a

Board Member

Rating: 5

Year after year Sasef has continued to reach out and make a difference to youth around the world. The many lives that have been touched, inspired and educated simply warms my heart. Sasef, it's volunteers and supporters are angels in my book.

Darrell Alsbrook

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SASEF is a valuable organization to many children worldwide. I feel blessed to be a part of an organization which does such meaningful and life-changing work globally. The many lives of the children that have been infused with hope and encouragement through support from SASEF is heartwarming. I can't think of a better platform to support that engages, encourages, and enriches the dreams and ambition of young people the way SASEF does. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful work and will continue to support SASEF for many years to come. Darrell Alsbrook

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SASEF, is such an outstanding non-profit organization. It does my heart good to know that we strive to provide education to those less fortunate. I stand strong & proud to be a part of this SASEF non-profit organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to SASEF in 2002 during an english class, then SASEF taught me how to voluntier, and also to understand on how to work as volunteer, sometimes I say that I'm the most suspect to speak about SASEF as am what I'm because they came to my country and started to teach and help people on how to be focus on life goals, like to go back to school and how importatant is the education. Also I was well trained by them and started to attend trainings, workshop at regional and global level.

SASEF is part of my life.

Jacques Nginga

Luanda-Angola

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Am like the greatest discovery of SASEF in Angola and i feel that am the guy the most benefited from SASEF presence in Angola, I was exposed to big companies, embassies and NGO's, I was more then 4 times out of Angola to attend trainings at regional level(Africa) and 1 at global level(Mexico) and throughout these experience there was a big chance for me to be hired by a multi-national company where actually am making my carrier, I would like to thanks SASEF cause they gave me this big chance of my life, and would like to encourage those ones that sometimes are afraid to be voluntier please give a chance to the others by giving you a chance to be among them.

sasef

Board Member

Rating: 5

For 13 years SASEF has been working to provide education and educational resources for children and youth and YES we have been extremely successful. Last year we built two children's digital libraries which provided a safe space for hundreds of children to sit down and read a book, do homework, get help with computers, have someone to talk to and share information on what's going on in the neighborhood. Plus we provided scholarships to send six young people to college! This year we introduced The V Sign (www.thevsign.org) a self help sign for a child who has been kidnapped or stolen. Yes its new and we know it will take time but The V Sign will become the universal hand signal for anyone who is in trouble.

To date we have never paid a salary and continue to work via volunteers - this means every cent or every donation goes to helping children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation (SASEF) is a not for profit organization and has been implementing innovative educational projects for nearly ten years. As a grass roots organization, SASEF works very hard to raise money to facilitate our youth serving projects on four continents. SASEF education for employment conference and workshops has literally made the way for hundreds of young people to learn what is necessary to get and keep a real job. The project requires youth to belong to a youth led or youth serving organization or to join a youth led or youth serving organization and implement a community service project using the framework of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. To date many of our hard working young people have been hired at hotels, nonprofit institutions and in the private sector. In partnership with the YMCA in Brazil our International Reading Corners - Safe Spaces to Discover the World has provided a FREE children's and youth library. The library is open 6 days a week; there are volunteer tutors on site to help children with their homework. The space also provides second language lessons and many of the students have been identified by the City of Porto Alegre as translation Ambassadors for the 2014 games. SASEF’s Todd McQuillan Memorial Arts Fund (TMMAF) has made it possible for students to receive scholarships to study art, purchased a piano thus creating a music program in a public school. This year TMMAF in support of the United Nations International Year of Youth is the sole supporter of our Making a Difference Photography Contest where young people are asked to photograph what total social inclusion looks like to them. The contest will end August 2011 with a photography exhibition highlighting our contestants work in Brazil, Hungary, Germany, and Liberia. SASEF’s Alvalon Scholarship has built schools and paid tuition for children and youth to attend primary, secondary and vocational school. All scholarship youth who attend secondary and vocational school have a mentor working with them throughout the entire scholarship period. SASEF is a wonderful organization building better communities by providing education and opportunity for children and youth who otherwise might not have a chance to go to school, visit a library, have a free after school tutor to help with homework, or learn the valuable job skills allowing them to become self-sustaining human beings.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of serving as Vice President of SASEF in its earlier years. They continue year after year to do such great works helping children all over the world.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SASEF did a really great program for TMMAF this year for kids who survived the war. In a village called Kakata in Liberia they had the kids draw the challenges they faced in day to day life. Because of all the violence in Liberia this workshop was a way to help these kids deal with this issue.

The project was a success and with the help of the Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Education and Save the Children to coordinate the kids, SASEF helped educate more children around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I will always be greatful to SASEF of being like the greatest discovery of SASEF in Angola and i feel that am the guy the most benefited from SASEF presence in Angola, I was exposed to big companies, embassies and NGO's, I was more then 4 times out of Angola to attend trainings at regional level(Africa) and 1 at global level(Mexico) and throughout these experience there was a big chance for me to be hired by a multi-national company where actually am making my carrier, I would like to thanks SASEF cause they gave me this big chance of my life, and would like to encourage those ones that sometimes are afraid to be voluntier please give a chance to the others by giving you a chance to be among them. Jacques Nginga

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Knew SASEF since 2003 and from that time my life never was the same everything that I'm today I owe to SASEF because they are the one that gave me a chance to shine by teaching, mentoring and expose me in various social works, just to have an idea when I say teaching me, I didn't know how to manage an internet and email this was a strange world for me, but the SASEF founder taught me on how to create an email and she was the person that did it for me then she instructed me on how to check emails ,from that time on I become a connected person I started to see the thing in a worldwide vision as I started to develop my knowledge. SASEF for me is like water that came at time that I was thirsty like a food that came at time that I was starving.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rhonda Staudt embodies the spirit and mission of the organization she founded. The SASEF community is privileged to have someone with such a big and open heart combined with expertise in many areas essential to its success. She was very helpful to The Institute for Conscious Global Change by giving great consulting advice. SASEF will continue to have a positive impact on the global community in the field education for a long time to come. They will always have my support.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

SASEF has a global network that does an outstanding job in effectively implimenting positive local change.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I begin to work with the Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation, I have had a life changing experiences, that have turn my life for the good. This organization have taught me allot and the most of it by getting a job for me. I have been scholarship by this organization, and through them I have had intercultural experience, and good moral value.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My experience with this non Profit Organization is very great in that, I learned lots of things like, knowing about computer, speaking among people, working in a restaurant and telling people about community service and also learning to be a good leader and willing youth volunteer. This Non Profit organization can help bring the dreams of many people or youth in to reality.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know that this charity was born out of a sincere desire to see things that were wrong and turn them around. Children from around the world need strong advocates to help them out of dire circumstances. In this instance, SASEF concentrates on education. So many children are not afforded the one escape route that can free them from poverty...i.e. education. I learned a great deal about this charity when I volunteered to help run a silent auction in the Atlanta, Ga. area. The event included many photographs taken by SASEF founder, Rhonda Staudt. The photos were of children in an area of Africa where SASEF made a huge difference. An idea was born shortly after that. The idea was to get colleges and universities to allow students that were worthy of furthering their studies, but, absolutely not able to pay, to have jobs within the school that ultimately paid for their tuition, room and board. A brilliant idea that caught on with the United Nations. This is one of the purest organizations I have come across in a lifetime. A donation to SASEF is money well spent. I changed my strategy of gift giving after discovering SASEF. I now give a donation in the name of the recipient of a gift from me, instead of a trinket. It seems to be much appreciated by those receiving that notification.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Knowing the founder of this marvelous organization was all the impetus I needed to want to help educate the masses about the potential miracles SASEF can bring to underprivileged children around the world. Rhonda Staudt and I worked together for many years. She was amazingly skilled in finding resources and using them effectively. She had a dream about creating something that might change the world for the better. I instituted a new policy in my family. Instead of multiple gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, etc., I now will donate funds in their names to SASEF. That is a gift we can all feel good about, and, best of all, they don't have to pretend to love it, all the while planning on returning it to the store. I'm a proud contributor to the look and sound of SASEF as well as adding to the fiscal needs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

In the last year alone SASEF has done so much for youth and youth based organisations it is hard not to aknowledge the impact of their work. In Liberia alone they have given higher education scholarships to several young people underscoring SASEF's committment to providing educational opportunbities for young people whenever and wherever possible.The organisation, has been, and continues to, mentor and advise a number of youth baased organisationsin Liberia, inclunding Messengrs of Peace- Liberia (MOP), Calvary Empowerment Team (CET) and YOCADS, to name a few. The opening of the chilren's libary in Bazil earlier this year further underscores SASEF's committment to providing tandible educcation support facilities to youth all over the world. The unwavering drive and energy of Founding Chair, Rhonda Staudt -with the support of the Board- to ensure that the organization stays true to its madate is to be commended and clearly demonstrates that focused intent can move mountains.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a shy person before I came across this organization.But during my few years as a volunteer,i was able to get rid of shyness to usefulness in my country.Two year ago I never knew the potentials that were in me until I attended workshop headed by the Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation,due to my performance I was consider as a volunteer.All my days of volunteering with this organization I have cultivated the shill,ability and knowledge to serve in my country as a potential and determined youth.This organization also link me with relevant personality in my country and outside.Lastly it enable me to be professional in work,computer and in life.The few years I volunteer for this organization it change my life greatly.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As Co-Founder of SASEF I have had the privilege and honor to helping her grow to help thousands of young people all over the world. There are no words to express the joy in helping a young person discover and steer the path of personal and professional success. Together with an incredible team of volunteers (there are no paid persons at SASEF) I have learned patience in the process of helping. As I write this review the word DIGNITY and CHARACTER continue to come to mind. These are two very important pieces to the puzzle that always stand at the forefront of impacting a human beings life. It's a joy, pleasure and again an honor to be part of the SASEF family. Thank you to everyone who has been part of this ten year journey and an invitation to join us in the journey if you have not already done so.

Board Member

Rating: 5

SASEF is a non-profit organization, that specializes in charity funding to help support education to those less fortunate in third world countries.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SASEF is one of the outstanding nonprofit organizations that aids the third world children in broaden their horizons and giving their willing hearts and mind a chance to grow. This nonprofit organization created fundraising ethics by setting up a library and giving the children the ability to freely education themselves. Children are our future and that is the concern of SASEF.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The time and the evidence is in my view elements that can lead people to conclude that indeed would SASEF is an institution that deserves reputation and trust which its areas of focus, are Children and Youth which are the Future and the strength of any nation. Thus with development commitments established by the various agencies, both UN and Governments SASEF is also proposed to contribute working engaged with its partners and volunteers to provide ways and catalyze attention to this fringe of society with much needs and deserves support from various accounts (Health, Education, Leisure, technical training, work and welfare etc).

In this particular SASEF has been working hard in Education health, technical education by giving scholarships (Hope School of the Future 45 children from 1st to 8th grade, the 9th University), health education in terms of basic health care (Pediatric Hospital of Luanda), as technical training and preparing young people for their first job with the SASEF its partners have created the YES-Angola that serves as a database of young people with technical skills, establishing institutional contacts for sponsorship for jobs at various youth projects and develop autonomously Community scope for personal development and family."If that who do not live to serve does not meant to live" so soon I realized that it is necessary to serve so that my existence serve for something ... so influenced by the noble cause of SASEF and so I had been in a day a needed one, so I needed support from someone so that I can stand on myself in society, so as a gratitude I share the same work a bit and giving my best to an ever better world...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is my great privilege to know Rhonda Staudt and to have seen, first hand, the heartwarming results of SASEF. The work they do is a lifeline to the children they help, help that wouldn't have found them any other way, due to their socioeconomic and geographic challenges. The drive and determination of Ms. Staudt and the members of SASEF, to see the progress they have made and the goals they have achieved, is truly inspiring!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Foundation has been instumental in making positive life changes. The benfits the youth gain are necessary in becoming productive adults and being role models for other youth to follow. To know the value of education in todays society is the grass roots of this foundation. I applaud the Founder and all the volunteers for their Committment dedication and most importantly their devotion to providing education to children around the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Aim of Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation is that, to help undrepriveledged Children go to School , who without the help of SASEF, would Not Be possible. I'ved Known Rhonda Staudt (founder) and this Foundation for many Years and that SASEF is a Trustworthy and Dependable Organization .

Laurie234

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping children in need get an education is truly an awesome act on your part.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am presently working with The Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation as the Volunteers Vice President,I have work with this organization for the past 24 Month,since I join,I have had lot of life changing experience.
From all what I was taught from the foundation it enable me to write a project,organize a conference,have employable skill etc.

Through the Foundation I was interview in one of Europe best time magazine the Coyote this same year,And I am proud to say with SASEF our Education is sure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have work with Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation for the past nine(9) month,and I have experience a change in my own life,I have discover my real self and have had lot of opportunities to education.I have supervise workshop and conference and it was a wonderful experience,it was wonderful,because I had the opportunity to share what I have learn with my peers group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have work as a volunteer for the Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation for the past 24 month,This organization made me to have a volunteer experience,with the help of this organization I have had lot of employable skill,which have enable me to have a job presently at a five(5) star hotel,kedeja in Monrovia,Liberia.I serve on This organization volunteers board as the former secretary,with the aid of this organization I was able to help in writing our Mission,Vision ,Goal statement.

Through SASEF I had the opportunity to attend many educative workshop and conferences.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with the Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation for the past 9 month,Since I started working with this organization I have attended many workshop,conference,and I have acquired lot of employable skills,which have help me have and take care of a Job,I came in this organization through the help of the Youth Volunteers President Mr. Fred A. Weedor and since that time I have discover my self potential.

alberto3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am Luis Alberto, From Angola in Africa.
I have started with SASEF in 2003. I that especific moment SASEF had supported the criation of YES-Angola, a youth NGO that works in advocacy of youth Economic Rights in Angola, now it is a very solid NGO but all this is becouse SASEF always was there in many aspects.

Still in 2003-2004 SASEF started a project with an other association, MUNDO DO Amor at Luanda Pediatric Center to raise wealth werness in wich I personally was engaged in teaching volunteerly the parents who came to see the doctor while they are in waiting rooms and corredor.

Also in 2004 SASEF started supporting a group of 45 kids in Luanda sending the to school paying their scholarships for the all basical stadies which now 34 of this kid are about to finish the high school away to Universities. In the some stage SASEF bigan helping a group of 2 disabled youngs who had never had a chance to go to School becouse of their disablit but now of them is in 2nd year of College studing computer Engineering.

This are only some of several examples that SASEF did and is still doing for people in Angola-Africa.

For SASEF Education is the most important way out of poverty!... Through education a person is able to know the world aroung him and more important his rights and fight for them.

Thanks.
Luis

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got to know about the shirley ann sullivan educational foundation through its founder mrs. Rhonda Stuadt and since I have been an active member of all of Sasef work and initiatives. This nonprofit organization has been very much helpful in creating workshops in educating young people of this poor third world country. Liberia.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It was almost a year ago now when I was first inroduced to the Shirley Ann Sullivan Education Foundation. Snice that initial introduction I have been truly amazed at the amount of work the organisation has done for youth in Liberia and other parts of the world. SASEF is an organisation truly committed to the impowerment of youth, no lip-service here they are the real deal. The passion of Founding Chair Rhonda Sullivan is immeasurable and I feel highly honoured to have worked with her and SASEF. A dynamic organisation that strongly focuses on holistoic youth development, SASEF's recent leadership seminar held for the youth leaders of Messengers of Peace-Liberia was so well recieved that the young people have asked for a follow-up. The workshop was designed and facilitated by Mrs. Staudt supported by Mr Kimmie Weeks, Executive Director of Youth Action International (YAI) and Ms. Sarah-Jane Mungo, Executive Director of The Development Resource. SASEF has also formed critical alliances with key organisations that promote education and employable skills development for youth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The purpose of education ideally is to prepare students to create themselves as fulfilled individuals who are also effective contributors to the society in which they live. Education must provide them with both written and spoken communication skills, analytical skills, basic knowledge of their world and society, social skills, responsibility, and skills that enable them to be self-directed learners. Once a student has acquired these skills, he or she can more or less teach himself or herself...

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. ~Abbé Dimnet, Art of Thinking, 1928

Orpheus M. Gray

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shirley Ann Sulivan Educational foundation is a very unique non-profit youth organization that is educating a large number of youth in Liberia and many part of the universe in serious field,such as:
Education for enployment,how to parthership with other organization,
and the creation projects.e.t.c....
I got affiliated with this organization through my previous high school(St.Pius Catholic School) that is presently benefiting lot of facilities from this organization,ex.hand pump project.My personal experence with this youth non-profit serving organization and some basic acheivement are,I was taught about the important of internet,good moral conduct,how to associate myself with other,how to take responsibilities and how to be self-esteem.

Donor

Rating: 5

While living as an ex-pat in Porto Alegre, Brazil I was able to personally witness the Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation’s work with children and youth. Sasef partnered with an organization that I volunteered with that provided classroom teaching tools and assistance to severely at-risk and impoverish children in the public schools. Sasef does an excellent job at net working with other organizations at local and international levels to utilize and optimize funding and manpower to tap into the great resource of human develop and talent that is stolen from us by poverty and oppression.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We have been volunteering for Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation for ten years. The education opportunity this organization provides to children and youth is life changing. Because of SASEF many children have had an opportunity to go to school, get an education and go on to get a job and even become a volunteer themselves. SASEF is an inspiring organization made up of 100% volunteers. Its amazing how much is accomplished with no paid staff. This is innovative because ALL monies donated go directly to helping kids go to school, participate in workshops, attend art related activities and learn how to get and keep a job. We salute SASEF for the great work you are doing to make a difference in so many people's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was great having had the opportunity of participating as a volunteer Drama Teacher back in 2009 for SASEF in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. The project helped a group of low income teenage students to identify their dreams and helping them visualize the possibilities for achieving their goals in the near future. It was amazing to see how this organization really opened up their minds and made them identify and believe in their potential.
Joice de Brito e Cunha

Eugene M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In my opinion the Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation (SASEF) is filling a great need in the world. Education for those who need it. (including those who cannot afford it) Through their efforts, the lives of many are being made better. Changing a generation. Go SASEF!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As another expiate working in another sector, I have observed the enthusiasm and dedication the staff, and volunteers of the Shirley Ann Sullivan Foundation in Education. Their expectations for youth are clear, purposefully and set standards. Working with the youth volunteers in educational forums has been energizing and meaningful. Education 4 All program is inclusive and targets youth who need representation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I was introduced to the SHIRLEY ANN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION by the chair and founder Mrs. Staudt.
I have been volunteering for’ SASEF’ for (24) months along with other youth members in Liberia implementing projects, serving as facilitator at workshops. In doing all of the above, I have the ability to work along with any other organization to plan, implement, and sustain projects.

I was also thought the Millennium Development Goals, their uses and importance, and how to implement the millennium goals in communities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The greatest aspect of the Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation is that their programs directly improve the lives of children around the globe. With a voluntary staff, based in numerous different countries, link through Internet technology, SASEF can address areas on a local level and respond directly using the skills and resources of its global team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation (SASEF) by its president and founding chair, Mrs Rhonda Staudt. This was the first time I was introduced to volunteerism as a whole. For the past twelve (12) months, I have been a member and active volunteer for this organization. During this time, I have been involved for my first time in many activities like workshops, youth meetings with other organizations, celebrations of important youth and peace days (eg. Day of the African Child), etc. During the celebration of Global Youth Service Day in April, another SASEF Youth Volunteer and I were to assign to the kids at St. Pius Catholic High School, a high school located outside Monrovia. We were tasked by our foundation to investigate the day to day challenges those children are faced with that can affect the way they perform in school. Amazingly, this school happened to be the same school I attended junior high. It felt so great giving back to my old school so early. I have also been able to travel to different parts of Liberia to carry out other initiatives.
My days of volunteering with SASEF are the greatest days of my life despite the challenges that we are sometimes faced with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, I got to know this wonderful foundation by meeting Founding Chair Ms. Rhonda Staudt. I am impressed by her energy, optimism, ideas and work. It is nice to see how many events and projects they have going on all the time and in several countries. I have seen the eyes of the children who participated in those projects and it´s was enough to get how much it means to them and what it gives them. It changes their lives, it gives them future, it learns them to act. My self, I was just I small part, who just has helped sorting the seemingly millions of donated books from Cultural early last year, who attended some events and did some donations. I wish I would have this energy and courage like Ms. Rhonda Staudt. It was a privilege to work with her. Will always support them :) GO SASEF!

Donor

Rating: 5

I was approached by this foundation through my children's illustration blog, Dream Out Loud! Design Studio. Once I visited the website and found out what this organization was about, the fundamental education of children around the world, I was both honored and excited to participate. This is a wonderful foundation and it was a privilege to work with Ms. Rhonda Staudt. I hope to do so again in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very grateful to know Rhonda Staudt for the opportunity created by SASEF to see that young people became part of society development as relative to building the capacity. Further more, SASEF has help and continue to help us to ensure that benefit from its ICT for Development.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I facilitated the MDGs to 25 youth serving organizations in that they created a project of the MDGs. I also did a writing project for Mr. Daniel Kennedy to establish his orphanage.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have been working with The Shirley Ann SAullivan Educational Foundation for four or five years and I find the work they are doing is is a credit to all people working with this wonderful organization. The work they do in Africa and South America has changed the lives of children living without hope and promise. I only wish there were more groups like This who believe in sharing and giving to thioses who have had a rather difficult life and great burdens to carry.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The founders and other volunteers who work to help children through SASEF's projects and programs are some of the best volunteers I've known in my 25 years of legal practice working with the nonprofit sector. Because of their conscientious stewardship and generous donation of their talents and skill, SASEF's board and staff have always provided amazing results with a very small amount of money. These are people who make our world and the world's of children, a better place!

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2006 I was invited to take part on Goethe Institut's World Cup blog writing about culture and soccer in my country, Brazil. But my intention was also to get in touch with children in need, specifically in poor areas in Porto Alegre, my home town. So I got to know SASEF's projects. Since then, I did decide to take part on this NGO - which have brought me so much happiness and good experiences. I've met really nice people that are also deeply engaged in social projects. My activity as a volunteer has several facets: I help to promote SASEF's activities, I ask for donations (books), I collect the material and help to transport them to its final destination and I also take part on the library's arrangement. I try to raise awareness among people to get involved in social projects. Being part on SASEF's projects makes me understand and respect all the cultural differences. I do believe that only through education we can make a difference and put an end on poverty and social gap. Nowadays I do not imagine myself without taking part on SASEF's projects.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I had worked in the Nutrition Center of the Pediatric hospital in Luanda- Angola. There I realized how important it is to stop the cycle of malnutrition through health literacy projects.Toghter with SASEF we created a flop chart with simple messages and appealing pictures, posters and brochures.The project´s goal is to teach young mothers the value of mother´s milk and help them to understand how to provide a nutritious and healthy lifestyle for their children and families.Further more we wanted to help the nurses and doctors to understand the benefit and ease of cunducting these classes while waiting for the consultation. SASEF also teamed up with other organisations to coordinate efforts related to fighting HIV\AIDS addressing birth control and prenatal issues.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Education in invaluable. This organization cares about those children who otherwise may not have a chance to realize their dreams....they even help them realize that they CAN dream big and with education children can turn their dreams into reality.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My personal experience with this Great Nonprofit is so great in that, I learned how to work on the computer, how to used the Internet, how to composed a well written messages, how to speak on the phone, how to speak in public, how to create documents, how to put office things in order, how to interact with others, how to dress professional, how to motivate others to do the right thing and how to stay focus. This Organization can go forward if only lots of hard-working, respectful, understandable and well-behave people continue to exist in it.