Shashamane Sunrise Monthly Newsletter, July 2010

The first edition of the Shashamane Sunrise newsletter comes on the eve of the First Annual Fundraiser Dinner held on Saturday July 10, 2010 at the Rochdale Village Community Center in Jamaica, NY. This event was a tremendous success. We received a great show of support and enthusiasm toward the mission, vision and values of this grass root organization was evidenced by the turnout. There were 150 guests in attendance. Some of the guests were inspired by the ground work being done by Shashamane Sunrise and pledged to volunteer their time, talents and resources to continue raising the hopes and dreams of African and Caribbean children through education. Other guests were also moved to make a financial donation to Shashamane Sunrise. The Shashamane Board would like to thank those whose sponsorship made the event possible. The main sponsors were the General Manager of Rochdale Village who was the venue sponsor and Jamaican Flavors of Queens, NY the food sponsor. The Board would also like to give a special thanks to Ms Nordrene Henry-Johnson and her team of volunteers (the Queens of Shash) whose hard work made the event possible.

In Feb 2010 Shashamane Sunrise applied for and was granted tax exempt status from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a public charity. Under the IRS Code, Section 501 (c)(3), Shashamane Sunrise is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.

Later in the year we held two Volunteers Service Day visits. The first was to Jamaica, from 26-30 March when we visited out sponsored school, WFP, a rural school with approximately 188 children in the Windsor Forest area of Portland. There we donated school supplies to students and a fax/scanner/copier/printer to the school funded the completion of a Reading Resource Room/Library at the school also donating several texts for the library

The second service visit was from May 12-15, when the Shashamane volunteers visited three primary schools in Trinidad and one secondary school in Tobago. Shashamane volunteers worked alongside volunteers from UTT Biomedical Engineering Dept., UTT staff and students, UWI students and the Rotary Club of Maracas, St. Joseph volunteer Dwight Stewart to deliver schools supplies to some 850 students in the four schools. The main accomplishment from the Trinidad and Tobago Service Visit were:

  • donation of library titles and sports equipment to Roxborough School, Carapo School, Fishing Pond School and Salybia School and a donation two multi-function printer/fax/scanners to two of the schools.
  • funding the installation of a fishing pond and two grow boxes at Salybia School to help with their agriculture and aquaculture programs.

Shashamane volunteers also conducted career workshops with the students talking to them about careers in their various positions. Volunteers from UTT’s Biomedical Engineering Program also brought with them three exciting science demonstrations that showed chemical reactions involving common household products, such as the classic acid and base reaction of combining baking soda and vinegar to simulate a volcano.

Subsequent to the Service Visit, in June, Shashamane Sunrise arranged a day trip for Standard 3 and Standard 4 students at the sponsored schools to see the dinosaur exhibition A T. Rex Named Sue at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The children experienced a day that they will probably remember for a long time. “Many of these children had not even seen a traffic light, far less been to Port of Spain,” explained Marissa Sammy, a teacher at Fishing Pond Primary. Sponsors for the exhibit visit included Atlantic LNG (an energy company), TSTT (a telecommunications company), Bella Treats (a gourmet dessert company) and CCN ( a media company).

This summer also included several socials and fundraising events in NY to support the work of our charity. We held three socials as Madame X, Mug Lounge and Pop Burger in Manhattan, NY in May and June of this year. The Pop Burger event also featured an auction of items donated by Master Piece designer Bags Two Inc, Patricia Zafferese, Citi Streets Inc, Fully Loaded Inc., Moshe Azarzar and Ladies and Gents of NY Inc. Our thanks to all who attended these events and those who donated the spaces including Deshawn of Destiny’s Dynasty Media and Mr. White at Mug Lounge.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday August 8, 2010 Shashamane Sunrise will host its first annual boat ride fundraiser from 7:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. aboard the Captain Lou Fleet VI; departing from 28A Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY along the Nautical Mile. Tickets are being sold at a low price of $45 per person which also includes a complimentary dinner catered by Jamaican Flavors. Music entertainment will be provided by Time Travelers Entertainment for those desiring to put on their dancing shoes or simply relax and enjoy the good sounds. The drawing for the Shashamane Sunrise Education Fund Raffle will also take place on the boat. The prizes include a Blue Ray, GPS and an IPod Nano. Winners’ need not be present and the winning ticket will be posted on our Web and Facebook Pages.

Our next Volunteers’ Service Day is scheduled for 5-26 September 2010 when we will visit 5 schools in three countries: JRDC School, Ethiopia, Senator Obama Primary and Secondary School s and Mutumbu School, Kenya and St Theresa’s School, Uganda. The tour will feature a mix of volunteer work and visiting various sites and attractions If you would like to travel with the Shashamane Volunteers please e-mail: or Tel: +1 203 653 1932.

Shashamane Sunrise will also host a summer Activities Camp “Brighter Day Sports-Science-Arts Activities Camp” to be held this summer, from 16-20 August 2010. The camp will host approximately 50 children from four schools, Carapo Primary, Fishing Pond Primary, Salybia Primary and Talparo Primary. The participants will be rising Standard V students (ages 10-14). The camp will run from 9am-2pm daily with a 1 hour lunch break at noon. The camp will include day long activities/workshops in science, sports and the arts. It will also expose students to careers in these areas and volunteers from the related professions will participate in career workshops with the students.

On Friday 20 August we will have an end of camp social at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) from 6-8pm. On that evening some of our volunteers during the Arts Days and other invited performers, including Mutabaruka X, will give a performance for volunteers and guests at the NAPA. On Sunday 22 August we will host a fundraiser at La Casa de Ibiza in Port of Spain featuring Mutabaruka and other guests.

Our collaboration partners for the camp include venue sponsor (UTT O’Meara Campus and UTT BME, UTT Academy of Sports, UTT Academy of Performing Arts), food sponsor. DeFreitas Co., science partner NIHERST and charitable organization Calabash Consortium. Representatives from the Calabash consortium will conduct special workshops on student empowerment, goal setting and leadership.

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