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Looking for an awesome summer vacation? (Or fall, or winter...) Durango, CO is a great destination! Right now, if you donate to Africa's Tomorrow you can be entered into a raffle for a Durango getaway, including two nights in historic hotels, plus a ride in a steam-powered locomotive, and $50 for dining. Only 50 tickets will be given out.

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Most of us can probably identify specific ways in which our mothers influenced us and helped guide us and form us into who we are today. Worldwide, mothers (and women in general) play a vital role in both families and communities. We hope you enjoyed your Mother's Day weekend and had the opportunity to thank the mothers and women who were instrumental in your own life.

I also wanted to share an interesting news program that I heard on the radio this weekend. It's called, "Can Girls' Education Change the World?" - a thought provoking discussion of the current issue of educating girls in Africa, something that we are directly involved in with our current project. You can listen to the program online at the World Affairs Council website. http://www.worldaffairs.org/audio-video/2011/can-girls-education-change.html

Plus, check out this photo of our recent nursing school graduate, Maxwell Danlogo. This was scanned from an article in The Observer newspaper last month. Very proud of his accomplishments and looking forward to all of the great work he'll be doing in the future.

Thank you for all of your help in making this project possible. Please continue to show your support through donations and by spreading the word and following us on Facebook.

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It's down to the wire now. The last day of April is here, which means it's the last day for us to meet our matching challenge. Time for everyone to put their money where their mouse is. We need just $600 more to hit the $3,000 target. Your contribution today will have a lasting impact, helping us meet the challenge and get the entire $3,000 matching donation, bumping us up to $6,000 for the month.

I urge you to please donate today (www.africastomorrow.org) and help us reach our goal. We depend on the support of individuals just like you to make our work possible. If you've already made a donation we thank you for your continued support. Every contribution makes a huge difference, changing the world one student at a time.

I hope you will continue to support Africa's Tomorrow and the students we sponsor. We appreciate all of your help! Please also continue to spread the word, and follow us on Facebook.
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Only a few days left in April. Just a few more days for us to meet our challenge. We've already hit the first $2,000 target and have just $600 remaining to complete the final challenge. You can help us do that by making a contribution today, before the month ends.

Just $600 more and we'll hit the $3,000 total, meeting both challenges. Once we do that we'll get a generous $3,000 bonus, bringing the total up to $6,000. But we've got to do it before April comes to a close.

Just click on over to http://AfricasTomorrow.org to make your donation. It'll keep us on track and give you a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing that you're doing something that matters and changing the life of a very deserving student. If you've already made a donation we thank you for your continued support. Every contribution makes a huge difference, changing the world one student at a time.

We appreciate all of your help. Please continue to spread the word, and follow us on Facebook.
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2 + 1 = 6

You've got to love our new math! It's April's Matching Challenge. In case you missed it, we've received TWO challenges for this month - one for $2,000 and one for $1,000. If we can hit each of these targets and raise the $3000 total it will be matched entirely, bumping us to $6,000!

We're off to a good start and back into the green zone right now with a total of $2,220. That means we've hit the first $2,000 challenge and have just $780 more to cross the finish line! You can help us get there - visit www.africastomorrow.org and donate today.

If you've already made a donation we thank you for your continued support. You're contribution will make a huge difference in the life of a very deserving student, not to mention her family, community, and country! We appreciate all of your help. Please continue to spread the word, and follow us on Facebook.
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It's April first, and you know what that means - April Fool's Day! But did you also know that it's International Fun at Work Day? Yeah, because evidently work is not always fun. And being that it falls on a weekend this year, if you ARE working then you are definitely not having fun. Here's an idea though - how 'bout a little tatting. Apparently April 1st is also International Tatting Day. It's okay, I had to look it up too. At first I thought I was going to be getting a tattoo. I obviously need to broaden my horizons!

Anyway, none of this really has much to do with anything. Indeed, the reason I sat down to write this email (actually I'm lying down, I do not lie on April 1st) was to share some great news with you. We have received not one, but TWO generous offers from two very enthusiastic supporters. Both are matching challenges for the month of April - one for $1,000 and one for $2,000. That means that if we raise $1,000 it will be matched, and if we raise another $2,000 it will also be matched (or vise-versa).

$3,000 becomes $6,000!

But we've got to hit the mark first.

Sure, I've been taken for a fool once or twice, but I'd be a REAL fool if I didn't accept this challenge. And I know that you're no fool either. No, I do not send emails to fools. We are both wise enough to realize the value here and the potential effect on the next student we sponsor. So let's do this. We have the power to create change, and when we all come together the effects multiply that much quicker. This will make a huge difference for our next student, so we can't allow this opportunity to pass us by. Donate now and help us hit our target! http://africastomorrow.org/

Have fun with your April Fool's jokes, have fun at work, and have fun tatting. You can look forward to tomorrow also because it's National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day. What a great way to start the week.
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Today we celebrate!

And we have more than one reason to do so. Yesterday Doctor graduated from his Master's Degree program at the University at Utah, AND we met our second challenge (with just a small extension) so Africa's Tomorrow will receive BOTH of the matching donations, $2,000 and $1,000. That's great news!

I knew we could do it. Thank you to all who contributed and helped us reach our goal, and especially to those who have been with us from the beginning, seeing Doctor through his undergrad and now graduate degrees. What an accomplishment. Please join me in sending a big congratulations to him for all of his hard work. We expect many great things from him (and Maxwell too) in the future.

Now we turn our attention to the NEXT student that we hope to sponsor. We're currently taking in applications from female students all across Africa. We already have about 10 different countries represented, so it's going to be a difficult task choosing recipients for funding. We'll share more about that later, though. For now you can sit back and relax, celebrating our recent success. That's right, I'm not even going to ask you for your money today. It's your day off!

Remember, our success is a direct result of your generosity. So, again, I thank you!
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April has come to a close and we've just finished adding up the total donations toward our two April Challenges (including those in the mail). Unfortunately we didn't quite hit the target for both challenges. We did pass the first $2,000 challenge (which will be matched!) but fell just a little short of the final $1,000 challenge, raising a total of $2,700 of the needed $3,000.

SOOOOO close! 90% of the way there. That's pretty darn good if you ask me. I'm so thankful to all of you who helped us get so far, but I am a little sad that we didn't quite get there. That's the bad news.

There is some good news though...

I contacted the donor who made the matching challenge and after a little pleading she agreed to give us a short extension. In recognition of Doctor's graduation tomorrow she has kindly agreed to extend her offer until the end of the day tomorrow, May 3rd. That gives us about 36 hours to raise the last 10%, hitting the mark and earning the $1,000 matching challenge bonus.

Now I must plead with you - please donate now to help us reach our goal and to celebrate Doctor's graduation. His hard work and dedication has taken him from a small village school in northern Ghana to a Master's Degree from the University of Utah. We're excited to see what the future holds for him as he continues to pursue his dreams and fulfill his ambitions.

Please join us in recognizing his accomplishments and giving hope to future students. Simply click on over to www.AfricasTomorrow.org to make your contribution today.
We appreciate all of your help and hope that you will continue to support Africa's Tomorrow and the students we sponsor by continueing to spread the word and follow us on Facebook. Thank you again to all who have helped us get so far already!

Sincerely,

Izaak Edvalson
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In case you missed our earlier announcement, let me remind you about Doctor's graduation. On May 3rd, at 5:00 pm, Doctor will be graduating from the University of Utah with his Master's Degree in Public Administration & Non-Profit Management. This is a huge accomplishment and I hope you will join me in congratulating Doctor, the first student of Africa's Tomorrow, on his hard work and dedication to education and service to the underprivileged. He has already started his own non-profit organization, Sabu Help (www.sabuhelp.org), providing assistance to individuals back in Ghana through micro-loans to entrepreneurs and scholarships to students. We're excited to see what the future holds for him as he continues to pursue his dreams and fulfill his ambitions. He sends his sincere thanks for all of the support that everyone has given him on this journey.
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April is Stress Awareness Month, how is your Monday going?

It's also a big month for Africa's Tomorrow so I wanted to post a quick update and remind you about April's Matching Challenge. In case you missed it, we've received TWO challenges for this month - one for $1,000 and one for $2,000. If we can hit each of these targets and raise a total of $3,000 it will be matched entirely, bumping us to $6,000!

We're off to a good start, just slightly behind schedule (need to average $100/day). I know, we all like waiting til the last minute, but we don't have to. Go ahead and click on over to www.AfricasTomorrow.org to make your contribution today. It'll keep us on track and allow you to rest, stress-free, for the rest of the month, knowing you've done your part (I know it keeps you up at night).

Thank you for your support and for helping us make a difference.

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