Saturday, December 22, 2012

Holiday Greetings

 May your efforts be appreciated

Your gifts gratefully received


holiday feast cooked to perfection

That every child's gift brings giant smiles
And may you be eternally grateful for all your blessings.
From all of us at ASAP

Monday, December 03, 2012

Improving Math Education in Primary School

A special thanks goes out to Patrick at Just Math Tutorials. Patrick, a former math professor at Vanderbilt University, has developed a phenomenal set of on-line math training videos. He has generously made these tools accessible to ASAP as we continue to work to strengthen our ‘Improving Math Education in Primary School’ Project (IMEPS) in Zimbabwe. Of course, we are grateful for the generous continuing grant from The Flora Family Foundation that makes this work possible.

Monday, October 29, 2012

New Resources for Youth Opportunities

The Youth Economic Opportunities library is a welcome new resource dedicated to helping organizations like ASAP, working to increase economic opportunities for young people. The site is a place to connect with others working in the field and share knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned. Click here to learn more. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

2012 Improving Math Education in Primary School in Zimababwe

Thanks to a continuing grant from The Flora Family Foundation, in 2012 ASAP is working to increase the learning outcomes of  our Improving Math Education in Primary School (IMEPS) project. This work has been ongoing since the year 2000, working with over 100 rural primary schools in eastern Zimbabwe. By working with the Curriculum Development Unit in Zimbabwe, ASAP looks forward to introducing access to new teacher training materials and videos to help teachers improve their math knowledge and teaching techniques in the future.

With the presidential election looming and the census being carried out during 2012, there will be many disruptions in education.  It is the ideal year for ASAP to step back and focus on strengthening the IMEPS project.  ASAP looks forward to launching the new project when these dedicated educators are back at their schools and political interference subsides.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Godspeed to Pat Bannon!

Pat Bannon will cycle the toughest mountains of the French Alps for ASAP!
Pat Bannon, of Leeds England is taking a 5-day cycle challenge for ASAP Africa this months. It is Pat's initiative that sparked ASAP's 1st Annual Circle Our World With Love campaign.  With 19 days left, together we have circled over 1/4 one quarter of the globe -6,469 miles. There is still time to complete your mileage dedication form. Click here. Join ASAP's superheros. Show your compassion

We wish Pat great weather and all the best as he cycles through the heart of the French Alps, tackling the toughest mountain climbs made famous by the Tour de France. To donate to Pat's effort click here.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Double Your Recurring Donation to ASAP!

Between now and Sept. 7th, your recurring donation will be matched dollar for dollar when you set up your monthly pledge to ASAP on the Global Giving website. Click here to learn more.To take advantage of this offer, just go to this link and select the orange “donate” button. You will be asked to select a” frequency” as well as an amount. Please act today and double the impact of your pledge to help ASAP cultivate self reliance today.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A New Global Forum for Teachers

Teachers Without Borders has announced a new social network, a global community of teachers working to connect education and human welfare. A place to connect, share experiences and resources, and support colleagues from around the world. The good news is membership is FREE. Click here to join and gain access to colleagues, information and resources you can use for your professional needs and goals, and to support education initiatives in your schools and communities.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Help on the Way for Girls in East Africa

Education for Girls Benefits Society

Girls in East Africa will receive a boost from a new initiative to provide learning opportunities, life and livelihood skills for under-served youth. It has been well documented that more education for girls translates into later marriage, smaller families, increased child survival and reduced incidence of HIV/AIDS. In other words, it benefits the whole society. To learn more about this exciting new initiative click here.

At ASAP we know that students' merely attending school is not enough. When teachers are unskilled, unmotivated and schools are under-resourced, the need to improve the quality of education is as urgent as assisting girls to attend school. This is why, in addition to funding school fees since 1994,  our work to improve math education in primary school has been ongoing in Zimbabwe since 2000. Click here to support this important work today.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Elections and Education in Zimbabwe

Students in Zimbabwe inspire ASAP's 1st annual Circle Our World With Love campaign

Yesterday Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe told the UN High Commissioner that presidential elections will be held in 2012, although no exact date has been set for this process. Click here to read more.

You may be surprised to learn what impact elections may have on education in Zimbabwe in the coming year.

According to UNESCO "Parts of the world are becoming a deadly place to be a student, teacher or education official.... Accurate global figures do not exist for the number of teachers, students or officials killed each year, or for the other types of attack such as abductions, torture and threats of violence..."  To read more about the proposed actions being taken to prevent violence in schools in the upcoming year in Zimbabwe click here.

During 2012 ASAP has suspended our Bridge the Gap- Improving Math Education in Primary School project. Choosing instead to use these uncertain and potentially dangerous times to strengthen our ongoing work in 141 rural schools in rural Zimbabwe. Our hearts, prayers and compassion are with these teachers and students and are the motivation for our 1st annual Circle Our World With Love campaign. To learn more click here.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Schools Opened This Week in Zimbabwe

The new school term opened this week in Zimbabwe with teachers threatening to strike, if the government fails to meet their demands by June.“Teachers returned to work for the new term very angry and apprehensive, because the government still has not reviewed salaries and conditions of service. Also,violence against teachers has once again been on the rise and there has been no attempt to secure the working environment,” Zhou told SW Radio Africa on Tuesday. To read more click here.

There's a presidential election being planned in Zimbabwe in 2012 and rural education suffers when politics prevail.  The unpredictable and often dangerous environment demoralizes teachers. In 2008 all humanitarian organizations (including ASAP) were forbidden to operate. This is why ASAP has decided to temporarily suspend our ongoing Improving Math Education Primary School Project during 2012, using the time to examine what has worked during the past 7 years and bringing in new expertise to increase learning outcomes and results in the future.

If you struggle to find information from Zimbabwe, an excellent source of independent news is SW Radio Africa.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Rethinking Humanitarianism & Youth

According the IRIN, almost 40 percent of the global population is under 24; over one billion people - one in five people - are aged 15-24; in one third of the world’s countries, more than 60 percent of the population is under 30; and 85 percent of the world’s youth live in the developing world.

As Ross Mountain, of Development Assistance Research Associates stated at the recent Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition, “Without investments early on, youth remain trapped in situations of poverty and dependency, and are easily co-opted into criminality, social conflict, and patterns of inter-generational violence.”

The education and development needs of these children must be given the highest priority and their role in development reexamined as vulnerable countries face increasing food prices, urbanization, migration, the impact of climate change and population growth. To read more click here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Thanks to the Meriwether County Rotary Club

ASAP is proud that the The Meriwether County Rotary Club has chosen to contribute to our work to cultivate self-reliance again this year. We enjoyed sharing a little bit about our work with the club and look forward to staying in contact with the delightful members that welcomed us so warmly and made us feel at home. Pictured here are ASAP's Executive Director, Elizabeth Bara, Rotary President Jon Hale and President elect Aaron Mabon. The support of the Rotary means so much.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Child Labor on the Rise in Zimbabwe

A 2010 UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report states that 13 percent of Zimbabwean children are engaged in child labor. Of the 1.3 million orphans living in Zimbabwe today it is estimated that 100,000 are living on their own in child headed households. To read more go to

Click here to learn more about ASAP's efforts to help these orphans and vulnerable children. Remember, one of the best ways to nurture and support these isolated children is to keep them in school.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Congratulations to Nyanga High School

The Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council has released a report on 2011 secondary school examination performances showing urban schools fell far behind rural schools1 Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations. Nyanga High School, in Manicaland Province, came out on top! Manicaland is the province where ASAP has been working to help improve education since 1995, and the report indicates schools here performed very well overall. To read more click here.
To read more about ASAP's work to improve education click here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Follow the Leeder - Pat Bannon

Pat Bannon, of Leeds England will take a 5-day cycle challenge this September for ASAP Africa.

We challenge you to follow Pat's lead and help us circle the world with our compassion for Africa in 2012. You can register a walk, jog, run, swim, crawl,bike-ride, name it. Our goal is to cover 24,860 miles (40,008 km); circling the world with compassion, while having fun and raising funds to help families in Zimbabwe. To register your event for ASAP Africa on Razoo, just click here. It is easy to get started:
1. For "Nonprofit" select "A Self-help Assistance Program"
2. Name your event
3. Select "Create a page"
Upload pictures, videos and tell your story. Your supporters can easily contribute directly to your event. You can even download an iPhone App to track your event. In January 2013 prizes will be awarded to all participants.

Pat has taken the first step. We challenge others to follow his lead. Pat's ride will take him through the heart of the French Alps, tackling the toughest mountain climbs made famous by the Tour de France. To read more about this exciting adventure click here.
To donate to Pat's effort click here.
Where will your compassion take you? It's up to you. If you have any questions please call ASAP (770)632-7451.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

1.5 Million Zimbabwean Refugees in South Africa

IRIN’s latest film, Out of Sight, explores the lives of blind undocumented migrants from Zimbabwe as they try and eke out a living begging on the streets of Johannesburg.
Watch the Film
Read the Report Film
Inside Zimbabwe, the work of 29 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Masvingo province, including Care International, were suspended by the government on Wednesday, raising worries of a crackdown similar to one that preceded elections in 2008.
Click here to read more.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

What better day than Valentine's Day to say thanks again to all our donors. With your help, as we work together, our labor of love continues to empower women and their families in Zimbabwe.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Typhoid Hits Zimbabwe

With the warm rains falling in Zimbabwe, highly contagious diseases are increasing. This week a typhoid outbreak has been reported near the capital, Harare. At least 90 people were admitted to hospital and over 600 affected.To learn more about the signs and symptoms of this disease click here.

Today, especially in rural Zimbabwe, many are still ignorant of how many common diseases are spread. "Snake oil salesmen" are a global phenomenon. Click here to read more. In Africa, here disinformation can be deadly, your support for ASAP's disease prevention training through rural Health clubs is desperately needed now. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" - and saves lives!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Quotation from Martin Luther King Jr.

Throughout the year, Regai Tsunga, ASAP's Country Director in Zimbabwe, includes the following quotation from Martin Luther King Jr. on his email messages.

"When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love. Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice"

To read an interview the Regai Tsunga, click here.

Taking a moment to reflect on MLK's inspiring "I have a dream speech" is a great way to commemorate and honor this truly great man.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Growing risk of Cholera in Zimbabwe

With the onset of the rains in Zimbabwe, the risk of waterborne diseases is on the rise. The inability of vulnerable rural populations to access safe water and basic sanitation exacerbates the risk. To read more click here. The 2008/9 Cholera outbreak infected nearly 100,000 and 4,000 people died. Today, especially in rural Zimbabwe, many are still ignorant of how waterborne diseases are spread. Your support for ASAP's disease prevention training through rural Health clubs is desperately needed now. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" - and saves lives!

Monday, January 02, 2012

New Year's Greeting

All of us at ASAP Africa look forward to being part of the the positive changes in the year ahead. Click Here. Happy 2012!