Natalie Hahn via Crowdrise
December 27, 2010
BENEFITING: Imagine Scholar Inc
EVENT DATE: Jan 01, 2011
The Koh Scholar Imagine Academy is a 4 year intensive after school creative mentorship and finishing school situated in the rural Nkomazi region of South Africa.
Why it was formed?
Basically this area is pretty tough (HIV prevalence over 40%, Unemployment above 80%, and a University graduation rate hovering around 0). Our goal is really pretty simple though, we just want to expand the creative, imaginative, critical-thinking, abstract-reasoning, lateral-thinking, love-of-learning, willingness-to-dream-bigable faculties of the Imagine Scholars. You know, standard rural African education stuff. To change this area, and this world, you need to facilitate the creation of dynamic creative leaders for the next generation, that’s our goal.
1)Learning should never be boring!!! The marginalization of children’s inherent passion to learn is one of the great tragedies of our world.
2)That education is the most powerful vehicle of empowerment and sustainable change.
3)Lasting change in a community must come from within.
4)The key to success is mixing a deep organizational passion, with the existing drive of the individuals. If this exchange does not exist, it is charity, not empowerment.
5)Quality not Quantity.
2010 Holiday Imagine Materials Drive-
Over this Holiday season we are collecting funds for materials for next year’s exciting creative mind expansion. Every dollar goes directly to students, so don’t hold back :)
Your Amazing Generosity at Work:
$11- You’ve bought a yearly supply of multi-vitamins for a student to get essential brain building nutrients not really available in a local diet of candy, soda, BBQ’d meat, and maize-meal.
$39- You’ve just purchased 10 used books for the Imagine Academy Monthly Book Club. Some of the probable books for next year “The Giver, A Wrinkle in Time, Mandela Way, Siddhartha, My Name is Asher Lev, The Alchemist”
$73- You just bought the entire Carl Sagan’s Cosmos on DVD.
$137- You’ve just bought a really awesome, like ultra huge dry erase board. Now I can stop doing the lessons with a stick in the dirt!
$291- You’ve bought uniforms for the entire class of 13’ to go back to school in style. Well maybe not style, but at least in accordance with school regulation.
$487- You’ve purchased a new computer for the Imagine Academy center. These computers will be linked to the internet and help connect our rural students to a whole wide world they’ve been missing.