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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.