The ELT (English Language Training) class has started a garden on the rooftop! The students are planting beans, lettuce, and many other fruits and vegetables. We're hoping that the garden sparks conversation and healthy eating habits. They are taking turns looking after the plants and everyone is excited to see how they turn out.
Thank you to everyone who supported Pan-African Association’s Fashion Without Borders; it was a smashing success!! We packed the house and set a new record by raising more than $30,000 for Refugees & Immigrants rebuilding their lives in Chicago. Take a look at some of the night's festivities below! A huge thank you to Le Cape Weddings Team for capturing all of these moments below. To view all event pictures click [here].
In February PAA teamed up with the American Red Cross to provide a hands-on CPR workshop for our clients. Attendees practiced life saving techniques, learned about the CPR process as well as situations in which CPR would be used. Everyone was excited to try it out!
Pan-African Association has recently been highlighted by Northwestern University's Medill Reports! In an effort show what role English plays in an immigrant's journey in the US, as well as provide insight into the realities of what students and teachers face in an English Language Training class, reporter, Ryan Connelly Holmes, sheds light on how PAA is addressing these issues and providing assistance to the community.
Check out the full article HERE.
On December 1, 2015, Pan-African Association participated in Giving Tuesday, a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. This was PAA's first year participating in Giving Tuesday and we could not be happier with the outcome. In a single day we were able to raise $4000, something that would have been impossible without the generosity of our supporters. We can't express our thanks enough and the gratitude we feel for your continued donations and encouragement. On behalf of all of the clients and families you have helped and continue to support . . .
The Coat Drive and Workshop were a success. Thank you to everyone who donated a coat, attended the workshop, or participated in the event! The total number of 110 coats were given to help individuals and families.
As we enjoy the last remnants of summer we know that winter is fast approaching. This means there are going to be many new families in our community who aren't prepared or used to the cold temperatures. We're teaming up with Care For Real and the American Red Cross to help these families get prepared for winter.
Newcomers will learn important information such as how to get their homes ready for winter, what to do in case of a winter storm, how to dress in layers to keep warm, and much more.
When: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Where: Care For Real
5339 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL
Time: Morning hours - 9:30am - 12:00pm
Afternoon hours - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Interested in volunteering for this event or donating clean, gently used winter garments? Contact Sarah, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (773) 381-9723 for more information!
Join us for an evening of fashion with designers from around the globe, music, drinks, and food to support the continued work of PAA.
More details to come!
Especially to the zoo! On June 5th PAA clients took a field trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo. For many, this was their first visit and there was so much to see! Lucky for us all of the animals were out and active, making for a very exciting trip.
Chicago Coalition Against Ebola (CCAE) is working to raise funds needed to support the work of Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Every day, MSF aid workers provide urgent medical care to victims of armed conflict, bring emergency relief in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters, and fights deadly epidemics like the Ebola Virus.
CCAE is hosting a fundraising event at the HEARTLAND CAFE, 7000 Glenwood Avenue, Rogers Park, Chicago 60626 on Saturday May 30, 2015 @ 7:30.
Get a first-hand update on the Ebola Crisis, by community leaders from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia; then enjoy a SPECTACULAR lineup of live Musicians and DJs from the African Diaspora and beyond.