Shash 2016 End of the Year Newsletter

Shash Haiti Annual Toy Drive
Shash Haiti Annual Holiday Toy Drive

With the New Year upon us, we would like to reflect on the accomplishments Shashamane Sunrise realized this year. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of these endeavors without the wealth of support from you, our volunteers, staff and donors. We are so very fortunate to have such invested local communities as partners in our efforts to foster healthy, productive learning environments for children across Africa and the Caribbean. Because of you, the Shash team achieved the following in 2016:

  • Jamaica: In January, we held our annual Shash Jamaica Benefit and donated the gains to the Windsor Forest Primary School (WFP), Kingston College Fortis Pavilion and the National Baptist Basic School (NBBS) in Trench Town. We directed a groundbreaking ceremony for the completion of WFP’s chicken coop, which will help support the school and its School Lunch Program through our Social Entrepreneurship Program. Thanks to our volunteers, we delivered over 300 man-hours worth of mentorship and workshop programs at our partner schools in Jamaica, including workshops focused on the arts, health and nutrition, sports and physical activity, and earth and the environment. Furthermore, school visits by Dr. Myrie, Miss Jamaica World 2015, Ashlie White-BarrettMiss Jamaica World 2016, andOlivia Dwyer, Miss Supranational Jamaica, continue to deliver much needed school, classroom and sporting equipment to our partner schools. August found Shash partnering with the Miss Jamaica World finalists to deliver a reading and mentorship workshop at the Trench Town Community Centre in South St. Andrew.

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  • Haiti: We began phase one of our reconstruction project at the Marion School in January, ultimately completing the school’s foundation with the support of Alia Chakukova and Lana Vechtomova who fundraised over $3000 during the volunteer-sponsored event, “Keeping Our Promise” on Giving Day, December 1st of 2015. The Shash team, including Shash Ambassador Wendy Fitzwilliam, Miss Universe 1998, visited the finalized foundation in May. During our stay, we obtained a pledge of support from the Digicel Foundation to provide furnishings for the school upon completion of the remaining construction phases. Unfortunately, the makeshift building acting as a temporary location for the school’s operations amidst the construction was demolished during Hurricane Matthew in October. In the wake of the disaster, we partnered with the Edeyo Foundation and Children of the Caribbean to organize and execute a relief tour. At Anse D’hainault, we delivered medical supplies. We distributed one thousand pounds of food supplies, as well as clothing and medical supplies, to the Bel Air community in Port-au-Prince.  Finally, the Edeyo Foundation also delivered much needed medical and hygiene products, together with food supplies and clothing to the Jeremie community. Because of the severe damage caused by the hurricane, Shash urgently needs to expedite the completion of phases two and three of the Marion School’s reconstruction. To this end, Shashamane partnered with the regional insurance company, Sagicor Life, to provide support for Haiti. The organizations’ initiative is particularly focused on helping with the reconstruction of the Marion School, and providing much needed food, classroom and medical supplies to the community. To date, Sagicor has donated $20,000 to this effort. Phase two of the project is set to commence in the coming weeks, and the Shashamane team will conduct a site visit on Friday, the 23rd of December, to distribute much needed school supplies, food and clothing to the students and their families. The team will be joined by its new ambassador, Raquel Pelissier, Miss Universe Haiti 2016.

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  • T&T: This July, we conducted a school renovation project at Salybia Government Primary School (SGPS), where we painted the front courtyard of the school. We were joined by Miss Earth T&T 2012, Shash Ambassador Amryl Nurse. In August, Shashamane partnered with the Athaliah & Friends Foundation to organize a kid’s Fun Day (filled with activities, music and a bouncy castle), and back-to-school book drive for students in the John John community. The organizations delivered more than two hundred backpacks of supplies to students from the inner city community and assisted them with their needs for their return to classes in September. Shash Ambassador Athaliah Samuel, Miss World T&T 2012, worked with the Shash team during the events. In November, we visited our two partner schools, the Fishing Pond and SGPS schools, with a group of volunteers to deliver workshops in dance, fashion and modeling, sports, science and the arts.
  • Kenya: In March, school and classroom supplies were distributed at the Senator Obama Kogelo Secondary School. Shash Ambassador, Dr. Sanneta Myrie, attended the visit and discussed career paths and her journey to become Miss Jamaica World with students.
  • Ethiopia: Our Shash Ethiopia Service Tour Team, Kisanet Teklehaimanot, Miss World Ethiopia 2015, and Shash Jamaica Ambassador, Dr. Sanneta Myrie, Miss Jamaica World 2015, traveled to Ethiopia to visit the JRDC School this March. Shash’s support helped maintain the school’s meal plan and enabled the donation of school and classroom supplies, including desks, shelves and textbooks, to the staff and students at JRDC. An MFN printer, scanner and fax machine, together with a year’s supply of toner, was presented to the school’s stakeholders.
  • Uganda: In Uganda, Shash facilitated the re-roofing and rendering of two classrooms at Ngora-Okoboi Primary School. Further renovations, including a school-wide cleanup and painting initiative, were executed. The Shash team, featuring Dr. Myrie, distributed school and classroom supplies to the students and staff. Writing, dance and sports workshops were conducted by volunteers. After partnering with Zahara Nakiyaga, Miss World Uganda 2015, Shash donated food and other supplies, and spoke to resident students and administrators, at the Special Children Special People Orphanage in Kampala. The Shash team was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism for an event at Rinzori Tower in Kampala, which was attended by the Minister of Tourism, Miss Tourism Uganda 2015 and other regional representatives. While in Kampala, Shashamane did a number of press and media appearances, both at the orphanage and at the Miss Tourism Uganda event.

Thanks to you all, Shash was able to ensure that over two thousand children received the mentorship and resources they needed to attain their full potential in 2016. Our work is far from over. Here are a few ways you can keep advancing our mission:

  • And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Shash Jamaica Benefit, Fashion Meets Music, on January 15th. Learn more about the event and purchase your tickets by following the links below.

Upcoming Benefit Event: http://www.shashamanesunrise.org/events

Purchase General Admission Tickets:

http://www.shashamanesunrise.org/product/fashion-meets-music-general-admission-ticket

Purchase VIP Tickets: 

http://www.shashamanesunrise.org/product/fashion-meets-music-vip-ticket

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We at Shash wish you and your family a blessed holiday season and New Year to come. We look forward to our continued partnership in the coming year and hope you will spread the word so that we may maintain our commitment to fostering healthy learning environments for students throughout Africa and the Caribbean.

Sincerely,

The Shashamane Sunrise Board

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