Time for Some Poker Fun to Help the Kids
July 31, 2014 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

It’s that time of year again…
Friends of Fresh and Green Academy
will be hosting it’s
6th Annual
Texas Holdem’ Charity Poker/Casino Night!

Monday September 15th, 2014 at 7:00pm  Connolly’s Pub, New York City
 

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!
 
 

Join us …

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Ethiopian Soccer is in San Jose and So Are We!
July 1, 2014 – 2:17 am | No Comment

ESFNALast night the 31st Annual Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America, ESFNA, opened up with much fan fair!

Since 1984 ESFNA has brought Ethiopians in the US and Canada together for a week of sport and culture. Thirty one teams compete throughout the week with the finals and closing ceremonies taking place on July 5th.

The week is filled with Ethiopian music, culture and  food. The atmosphere is electric as friends and family reunite n San Jose, CA for sport and celebration! The 4th of July is Ethiopian Day and is guaranteed to be a great time!

This is the third year Friends of Fresh and Green Academy has taken part as a non profit vendor and we are honored to be involved with such a great event. The warm and welcoming spirit of the Ethiopian people is unmatched. This is truly a week filled with love and fun.

For more information check out the ESFNA website and stop by if you are in the area. We would love to see you!


 

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Shop the Mothers Cooperative and Feed a Family.
December 18, 2013 – 5:35 am | 5 Comments

Red ScarfMothers CoopThe Fresh and Green Mothers Cooperative has been expanding and the quality of their items is top notch!

Eighty one women in the neighborhood of Kotebe in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have changed their lives by joining the Mothers Cooperative. The women not only create beautiful hand made items at Fresh and Green Academy’s onsite crafting area, help cook the meals for the children and help out at the school, but they have established true friendships and help each other through the tough times. The women of the cooperative used to spend their days begging and prostituting themselves just to eat and feed their families, but now, hanks to your purchases and donations, they have hope for the future and have become empowered beyond belief.

The scarfs made by the women are available now through our Etsy page

Order before December 19th and have a beautiful scarf in time for Christmas!

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Meet Founder and Director of Fresh and Green Academy, Muday Mitiku
June 28, 2012 – 3:59 am | No Comment
Muday

Muday – The Heart and Soul of Fresh and Green Academy

Friends of Fresh and Green Academy was inspired by the Fresh and Green Academy in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, a school founded 12 years ago by a local Ethiopian teacher, Muday Mitiku.  Friends of Fresh and Green helps support the children of the academy with funds for food, education, and a safe environment so Muday can continue the school and its crucial work within the larger community.

Muday was born an only child in Kasanchis, Addis Ababa.  She was enrolled in a private school from kindergarten and continued there until the sixth grade, after which she enrolled in government school; Garji. She has been a member of the Baha’i religion from the age of nine and started teaching children at the Baha’i center when she was fifteen.

Muday started her secondary education at Bole Medaham then joined a teachers college; B.G.K. in 1999 for a diploma in teaching and later pursued Business Management at City College.

Muday’s teaching and business training, as well as her experience teaching at the Baha’i center, motivated her to open her own learning institution.  She started Fresh and Green as a “for profit” kindergarten in 2000 with a business partner. When she started to bring in kids off the streets, free of charge, the school lost money. Muday soon partnered with Friends of Fresh and Green Academy and, with hard work, dedication, and help from many generous donors, the school has since become a beacon of hope for the community.

Today, with help from many people, Fresh and Green Academy is providing 125 in-need children with education and nutrition. Along with the government required curriculum, the students enjoy classes in Art, Music, English, Computers, and Values and Morals. The children and their families are now drinking clean water as well.

Muday is a friend, wife, mother, and visionary.  Her passion has become our passion and Muday’s dream has become our dream. Together we all can make a difference in the world.



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Support Fresh and Green Academy by Sponsoring a Child
November 8, 2011 – 6:56 am | 2 Comments

Monetary donations are a crucial part of the existence of Fresh and Green Academy and the “Child Sponsorship Program” helps guarantee the school will operate and the children will be fed. Every month barely enough money is sent to cover the costs of teachers salaries, food and rent. With your generous donations all the children will receive three meals a day and a quality education.

Approximate monthly school expenses:

Rent-$800.00

Salaries-$400.00

Mothers Coop Salaries-$1000.00 (From the sales of their goods)

Food for 140 children three times a day-$3000.00

For $35.00 a month, the price of a dinner out, you will help all 140 students of Fresh and Green Academy eat three nutritious meals a day, have access to medical care, and continue to thrive in a loving and caring learning environment.  You will receive periodic updates on the specific child you have sponsored but will be helping all the children.

Use the “Sponsor A Student” link to start helping today!

 


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LEARNING AT FRESH AND GREEN by Angela Chukunzira
July 25, 2014 – 9:06 pm | No Comment

LEARNING AT FRESH AND GREEN

AngelaI was a volunteer at Fresh and Green and it ended up being a learning experience which transformed me beyond my imagination. The whole experience made me view the world from a whole new perspective. As a volunteer, you pass on various skills to the rest of the community without expecting anything in return but at Fresh and Green I got so much contentment and love from the entire community! I learnt that volunteering is more of interaction and connecting to the community. I taught spoken English and even learnt what it takes to be a teacher!

I learnt so much about myself and got a much deeper understanding of what life is about. I also acquired virtues I did not posses before like patience and thoughtfulness. Every Monday we had devotion in the “coffee room” and various religions were represented. It made me feel whole in that in as much as I did not understand the prayers and the language, I understood that God is universal. We also connected spiritually with other workers in the school.

I acquired a child-like innocence when I was singing with the children in the KG .Those kids have a burning urge to learn!! They were so eager to learn new things and were extremely receptive. I thought they would easily forget the songs I taught them but the next time I went they sang the song over and over again. Just to emphasize on how the kids desire to stay in school. In case one may wonder how eager they are to learn, they learnt to sing a song in Swahili (a language they barely know or hear about!).

Another outstanding element of Fresh and Green is the sustainability. Muday has not only taken the children out of the streets but has also set out to ensure that their mothers are getting a means to earn a living. She also guarantees the children 3 meals in a day. The mothers have formed a cooperative in which they make crafts and Habesha scarves for sale. They also assist in domestic tasks in the school. How sustainable can a system be? This goes ahead to abolish the dependence syndrome that I have observed in most charitable organizations which unfortunately are not sustainable. The plans that Fresh and Green have for the future are big! With the very spirit of sustainability transforming it to a boarding school in the outskirts of Addis Ababa in the near future will enable the children remain in school. This project’s sustainability really touched my heart.

My faith in humanity was equally restored. I left home not trusting ‘strangers’ because of my own personal encounters of theft and corruption I observed in my own social system. When I met Muday and learnt how hard she worked just to see to it that the children did not sleep hungry and in the streets, I felt a gap in my heart was re-filled. This attitude of giving was spread out to my fellow volunteers and most of the Ethiopian people. I later met Trish Hack, who valued those children as though they were her very own. In a culture that is saturated with individualism and consumerism, I am so glad that there are hearts willing to give themselves away for the sake of others. I am still grateful that humanity’s conscience is not completely lost.

Through my volunteer experience, I also made lifelong friends! My fellow volunteers with AIESEC firstly, the Addis Ababa University fraternity and I cannot forget to mention Glory Rain. She would give everything to see to it that Fresh and Green lives on. We traveled to other parts of Ethiopia together and made memories to last a lifetime.

Living by example is what Muday lived by. She lived a life of simplicity and her own children are enrolled at Fresh and Green. This goes to show she firmly believes in the system and in making a difference. The simple lives led by Fresh and Green community members constantly reminded me that a happy heart and good health are the fundamentals of life. Though my volunteer experience is over, I continually fall in love with the community so closely knit. They say home is where the heart is, and for me, it is Fresh and Green, Addis Ababa. My heart is open and a new life continues to bloom within.

Ethiopian Soccer is in San Jose and So Are We!
July 1, 2014 – 2:17 am | No Comment
Ethiopian Soccer is in San Jose and So Are We!

Last night the 31st Annual Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America, ESFNA, opened up with much fan fair!
Since 1984 ESFNA has brought Ethiopians in the US and Canada together for a week of sport and …

Shop the Mothers Cooperative and Feed a Family.
December 18, 2013 – 5:35 am | 5 Comments
Shop the Mothers Cooperative and Feed a Family.

The Fresh and Green Mothers Cooperative has been expanding and the quality of their items is top notch!
Eighty one women in the neighborhood of Kotebe in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have changed their lives by joining …

Meet Founder and Director of Fresh and Green Academy, Muday Mitiku
June 28, 2012 – 3:59 am | No Comment
Meet Founder and Director of Fresh and Green Academy, Muday Mitiku

// Friends of Fresh and Green Academy was inspired by the Fresh and Green Academy in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, a school founded 12 years ago by a local Ethiopian teacher, Muday Mitiku.  Friends of Fresh …

Support Fresh and Green Academy by Sponsoring a Child
November 8, 2011 – 6:56 am | 2 Comments
Support Fresh and Green Academy by Sponsoring a Child

Monetary donations are a crucial part of the existence of Fresh and Green Academy and the “Child Sponsorship Program” helps guarantee the school will operate and the children will be fed. Every month barely enough …

Calling All Stews! It’s A Shame For You Not To Be A Dancing Stew When These “2014 Dancing Stews” Did It So Easily! Limited Spots Available, Don’t Miss Out – Sign Up For DWTS 2015 Now…
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November 28, 2013 – 11:35 pm | 5 Comments
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“Dancing With the Stews” Rocked!
May 17, 2013 – 5:15 am | No Comment
“Dancing With the Stews” Rocked!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you to all who made the first annual “Dancing With the Stews” fundraiser a huge success. We were able to raise over $22,000. for the children of Fresh and Green Academy! This will …

Mothers Cooperative Merchandise Debuts in New England
October 25, 2012 – 10:11 am | No Comment

Friends of Fresh and Green Academy will be hosting a booth displaying and selling our Mothers Cooperative merchandise at the Holiday Craft & Food Specialty Fair on Sunday October 28 in Swansea, Massachusetts and on …

International volunteers teach English, basic IT and art to Fresh and Green Academy students.
December 17, 2011 – 1:08 am | No Comment
International volunteers teach English, basic IT and art to Fresh and Green Academy students.

For the first time, student run organization AIESEC and Microsoft connect to help children at Fresh & Green Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. AIESEC is an international NGO organizing social issues development projects all over …