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Zambia Deaf Youth Leadership Summit

$12,503 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 153 people in 9 months
Created May 5, 2018
Building Deaf Leaders In Zambia

Hello, my name is Francis Phiri and I am a Deaf educator in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I was born and raised in Zambia and as a child I became Deaf from a serious illness.  I struggled to get an education in Zambia where there are very limited resources for the Deaf.  Thanks to the good Lord and many who supported me, I was able to come to America for college and now I can help others in the Deaf community here and in my home country.

I recently formed an organization, Give Back to Community Zambia  (GBCZ), with the goal to help Deaf children in Zambia get a better education.  During our visit to Zambia in 2017, we learned that there is a definite shortage of Deaf Community leaders and very little coordination and cooperation between various Deaf Education projects and programs in the country.

To address this need, GBCZ plans to host a four-day National Deaf Leadership Summit in Kitwe, Zambia later this year. We will be inviting two Deaf program leaders from each of the 10 Provinces in Zambia to attend. This Leadership Summit will offer intensive leadership training and collaboration workshop opportunities for Zambia's Deaf Education leaders provided by GBCZ and other international organizations who will be included in the Summit.

Years ago, I would not have been able to believe the quality of life I live right now here in San Francisco, California. I always ask myself "How did this happen?". The answer is simple: It is because of my tenacity, always believing that I will eventually thrive no matter what obstacles I face in life.  Also it is the fortune I have had in having so many supportive people who have believed in me. 

With all that, I cannot imagine any other way to express my gratitude than giving back to my community, and to those who are less fortunate than I am today. I will start this effort by hosting this youth Leadership Summit and I invite you to join me by becoming a supporter. 

Please join me and IDEAL (International Deaf Education, Advocacy and Leadership) by donating.  Any donation, large or small will help fund the travel, accommodations and conference expenses for young Deaf leaders in Zambia to attend this important gathering where they will work together to build stringer educational programs for Deaf children throughout the country.   As a supporter you will receive thank you letters from participants and photos of the event.

Thank you for your generosity and please share this campaign on your social media so that we can raise the funds we need to impact the lives fo many Deaf children in Zambia. 

Francis Refan Phiri.

Budget for Zambian Deaf Leadership Conference - August 2018

Expenses to bring up to 40 Deaf Educators to Lusaka for the Conference  $  5,000
Conference location expenses (room rental and food and materials)             $10,000
Expenses for US volunteers to attend   $  5,000
Total   $20,000

(additional support and expenses to be provided by Partners/Sponsors in country)
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We are half way to go please help us to reach the goal. Thank you in advance!
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Thank you to all of our donors for the Zambian Deaf Leadership Summit ! Your kind donations mean so much and will help us to bring together Deaf Education Leaders this summer in Zambia for this important conference as a way to build their knowledge and leadership skills to improve deaf education in their country. We are currently finalizing plans for the conference and securing partners who can work with us to make this conference successful. Our fundraising goal remains at $20,000 which would allow us to pay for conference expenses and to bring about 40 deaf educators into Lusaka for the conference. We will adjust the numbers of attendees and our expenses depending on our success in fundraising and on the resources that our partners can provide. With our fundraising progress so far we are still proceeding and are planning for the conference to occur in August. Every donor for this project will receive photos from the event and a complete conference summary about what we accomplish. Your support will make a real impact on our effort to improve deaf education for Zambian children and their families. Thank you again so very much for your help and please continue to share this Fundraising page with your friends. Francis Phiri GBCZ President
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Thank you to all of our donors for the Zambian Deaf Leadership Conference! Your kind donations mean so much and will help us to bring together Deaf Education Leaders this summer in Zambia for this important conference as a way to build their knowledge and leadership skills to improve deaf education in their country.

We are currently finalizing plans for the conference and securing partners who can work with us to make this conference successful. Our fundraising goal remains at $20,000 which would allow us to pay for conference expenses and to bring about 40 deaf educators into Lusaka for the conference. We will adjust the numbers of attendees and our expenses depending on our success in fundraising and on the resources that our partners can provide. With our fundraising progress so far we are still proceeding and are planning for the conference to occur in August.

Every donor for this project will receive photos from the event and a complete conference summary about what we accomplish. Your support will make a real impact on our effort to improve deaf education for Zambian children and their families. Thank you again so very much for your help and please continue to share this Fundraising page with your friends.

Francis Phiri
GBCZ President
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$12,503 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 153 people in 9 months
Created May 5, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
International Deaf Education Advocacy and Leadership
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