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African Dream Academy Launches Major Fundraising Campaign On April 13th

College preparatory school to be built in Liberia created by Samuel Enders, Liberian immigrant who credits his opportunity at education with fufilling his dreams

 
PRLog - Apr. 11, 2011 - YONKERS, N.Y. -- April 11, 2011, New York, NY. – Twenty four years ago, Samuel Enders was a child foraging for food in a Liberian trash dump. Today, the 40-year-old resident of Yonkers, NY has a master’s degree in divinity education and is building The African Dream Academy, an International-style college preparatory school for underprivileged children and orphans in Liberia.

On April 13th Rev. Enders will launch a major fundraising campaign to complete the school’s construction. Rev. Enders will begin his campaign at 8:00am at the Charging Bull, sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull, a symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity.  

In 2010, with support from the B’nei Mitzvah Fund, Yonkers Rotary Club, Brick Presbyterian Church of New York, Chapel of the Lake, Warner Family practice, friends and his personal funds, Rev. Enders led a team of 11 volunteer architects from the U.K. and the U.S. to complete the site survey, soil testing and building design. “We are now poised to build the Academy and finally fulfill the dreams of thousands of students eagerly awaiting their chance at an excellent education.”

The African Dream Academy, situated on a 200-acre campus in Liberia, West Africa, will be an independent, co-educational, privately endowed world-class educational institution.
The academy will have a 2,000 student capacity, and it will provide kindergarten through 12th grade education and technical training. African Dream Academy, Inc. is a  501 (C)3 nonprofit institution working to reduce poverty and create sustainable development by empowering underprivileged children and orphans of Liberian and West Africa to achieve their dreams through education that addresses both academics and technical skills with little or no cost to the student.

Enders’s inspiration for the academy comes from his own experience and his wish to pass the opportunities he was given on to as many children as possible. “At the age of 15, in 1985, I was still in the third grade; they called me third grade grandfather,” Enders recounts. “Now, I can make a difference, and I hope that this campaign will allow me to reach out to the thousands of kids who were left hopeless in Liberia.” 16 years ago, through the help of a family in Colorado Springs, Samuel was able to come to the United States as a student. In 1997 he took his naturalization oath and become a United States Citizen.

In 1998, after just a little over a year of studies in the US, and with the war in Liberia still raging, Samuel returned to Liberia in response to the needs of the thousands of underprivileged children and orphans like himself. He started a youth camp with 28 children; the program quickly grew to over 6,000 children yearly.

“As I have interacted with these children and tried to give them hope, I have committed my life’s work to have a lasting impact on their lives,” Samuel said. “Many of these children have to work for their families to eat and to be able to go to school. Some young girls have to sell their bodies to be able to enrich their minds. They would do this solely to be able to pay their school fees and put food on their tables.”


To make a donation, send a check to
African Dream Academy
1 Nassau Road # 3
Yonkers, NY 10710

Donations can also be made at:
www.firstgiving.com/africandreamacademy
africandreamacademy.org

Media Contact:
Samuel Enders
765-617-8676
info@africandreamacademy.org

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After eleven years of working with youth through VBS/Dream Camps in Liberia, we are taking a new approach to Poverty Reduction and Sustainable development in Liberia West Africa.

Our vision as a nonprofit (501) C 3 institution is to reduce poverty and create sustainable development by empowering African youth and kids to achieve their dreams by providing a high caliber education that addresses their spiritual needs and well as providing them technical skills without undue cost to the student.

Our mission is to build a state of the art educational institution in Liberia West Africa.

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