Happy New Year!

1 Jan

We wish y’all a very happy New Year!

As an all-volunteer organization, we are particularly thankful to all those who during the course of this past year have donated their skills, knowledge, time and effort in support of our mission and students. We must also thank our Board and our volunteer interns who have blessed us tremendously this past year.

Christmas at Iduka Thrift Store - Zachary Martim, Micaella Martim, and Angela Lorefice (Board Secretary)

This last, and first full year of operations has been a great one for Iduka. To focus on our mission we closed the Port St. Lucie Thrift Store in April. Since then we have designed and are currently implementing a series of pilot projects in the United States and Africa. Through this effort we have enrolled more than 150 student volunteer interns, engaged over 5000 online supporters through various social media groups, participated in numerous local initiatives, but most importantly, we awarded our first grant and established our first partnership outside the United States.

We have also joined the blogosphere to document our progress. In less than three months approximately 5000 readers visited our blog. We will continue using this space to raise awareness about our initiatives, make the project more participatory, and share with you many more of our students’ stories. We will also seek to expand the number of topics and invite you to fully participate in our advocacy efforts to make college more affordable for everyone.

There are many ways you can make a difference at Iduka trough donating, volunteering, singing a petition, subscribing our blog, joining our many social network communities and spreading the word, or simply leaving a word of encouragement under our student’s profiles.

We are thankful for your support, feedback and encouragement, and the great work many of you are doing to make higher education possible to students in your communities in the United States and around the world.

We sincerely hope 2011 will see the continuation of the movement we have just started. Together with your support we know we can micro-finance education, one student at a time.

Have a wonderful and prosperous New Year!

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One Response to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Turyatunga Bob Maahe January 4, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    First and foremost I appreciate the word of gratitude you are extending to all partners (volunteers, interns, and all supporters) all over the world. Second, I also appreciate Iduka’s team for coming up with such great idea of micro-financing education. Education has become a big challenge for African parents and their children. Uganda knows the value of education and everybody l share this information with jumps in celebration and most government officials I’ve talked to are also very happy to learn about the program.

    Iduka’s team in Uganda is not finding difficulties in mobilizing different stake-holders. Since Gilbert Bita connected me with Eric Gitta in Kampala and we agreed to work together, my phone has been busy and our office at Uganda Youth Skills Training is receiving a number of personal inquiries about Iduka’s programs. I can assure you is that micro-financing education in Uganda is bound to succeed.

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