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