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Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation

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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

34 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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.