Azariah is showcased at La Soiree: A night of benevolence.
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Azariah Newsletter May 2015
May 4, 2015
News from Azariah Foundation
November 6, 2015
Greetings from the Azariah team! I'm excited for another opportunity to share some updates from the Azariah team. In this newsletter, we discuss our achievements in 2015, focusing particularly on what we’ve been up to over the last few months.
This year, we set three main goals. The first was to admit two new students into the Azariah scholarship program. The second was to implement three fundraising campaigns and raise at least US$10,000 in donations. Finally, we planned to establish an e-mentoring program for Azariah Scholars and other qualified Nigerian students. Although we were unable to fully develop the e-mentoring program, I’m proud to report that we achieved (and surpassed) our other goals. We have had a record-breaking year in fundraising, signed up two new scholars and hosted our first benefit concert. These initiatives are discussed in some more detail below.
Huge thanks to you all for your continued support. Your cash donations fund the scholarships we are currently providing to four less privileged students who are now enrolled in a high quality secondary school in Nigeria. I would also like to thank the Azariah team. Your dedication and tireless efforts have helped us achieve a stellar year.
Olusore Anita Taylor
President, Azariah Foundation
Introducing New Scholars
We are pleased to announce that we have selected two new Azariah scholars! Sarah Michael and Aminat Mahmud were selected based on their academic performance, financial need, and future potential. They will benefit from a 6-year full tuition scholarship and also receive mentoring support from Azariah.
Aminat Mahmud aspires to be a teacher because she is naturally attuned to correcting and guiding people. Her family and friends have encouraged her, and she has worked hard at school so that she can benefit from scholarships like this one. Sarah Michael wants to be the best architect in the world. She is particularly motivated to change the way building structures are done in Nigeria.
Sarah and Aminat are attending Master Moulders Secondary School, Ikota, Lagos. They graduated from Bethesda Nursery and Primary School.
We had three main fundraising initiatives through which we met and surpassed our fundraising goal for 2015. We sincerely thank everyone who contributed to the cause!
The “Why I Give” Campaign
We ran a social media campaign in the month of April, tagged “Why I Give” which featured current and past supporters of Azariah Foundation. In these features, these supporters shared why they give or have given to Azariah, and challenged others to do the same. We tagged on a fundraising initiative and secured new sponsors who committed to one-time or recurring donations to the Azariah scholarship.
Memphis Jam - Azariah Benefit Concert
This year, we decided to host a benefit concert to raise funds for the Azariah scholarship program. This benefit concert was staged on September 12, 2015 in London, Ontario. The headliner was The Memphis Jam and The Rock Collection also performed.
The concert was a huge success—we sold out all the tickets, and also held a raffle draw, and raised $1712.87 CAD. All proceeds from the benefit concert will go directly to Azariah scholarships.
Huge thanks to all those who supported this cause—The Memphis Jam, The Rock Collection, individual donors, organizations that supported, our very enthusiastic volunteers from Fanshawe College, and of course every single person who purchased a ticket.
ICANA Strategic Partnership
In May, we announced a new partnership with ICANA, an organization based in Canada that supports young non-profit organizations focused on Africa-related causes in achieving their goals. ICANA has already contributed tremendously to Azariah’s fundraising success this year. Through a GoFundMe campaign run in the summer, ICANA helped raise $1,000 CAD for Azariah scholarships. Many thanks to the ICANA team for the support!
Azariah E-Mentoring Program
We planned to establish an e-mentoring program for Azariah scholars and other qualified students in 2015. We made some progress in this area, including identifying an organization in Nigeria with which we could potentially partner. However, due to financial and time constraints, and logistical challenges we faced in launching the project, we have to suspend the program for now. We would still like to pursue this, or a similar idea, in the future.
Be a part of our success!
Through your generous contributions, Azariah is able to provide scholarships to high-performing, less privileged students in Nigeria. We need your support now more than ever before. Although we have successfully raised about US$12,000 this year, we are also faced with rising costs. For instance, this September, tuition costs for our scholars went up by 54%. With more funds, we will be able to support more students.
Please consider making a one-time or recurring donation of at least $35 per month for a year. This will cover one term of secondary schooling for one of our scholars; $70 per month provides funding for about two terms of schooling. Each child has a total of 18 terms to complete over the span of 6 years.
All gifts are tax-deductible in the United States.