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Local Outreach

The Newburyport/Bura Alliance is continually involved in reaching out to the local community, both to inspire active involvement in our programs, and for fundraising efforts to support these activities.Here are some recent examples:

Annual African Dinner & Dance

Elks Hall, Low Street, Newburyport, September 12, 6-10pm

An evening of African food, traditional music, dancing and fun. Dozens of East African dishes, a DJ playing African music, cultural arifacts and crafts for sale, a silent auction, photographs on display and more. Cash bar.

Admission covers all: $20 adults, $10 students, children under 12 free, $40 max. per family

Discover Africa in Your Neighborhood

Custom House Maritime Museum, Newburyport, September 11, 6 - 8:30 PM

Come to a celebration of African history, culture, art and music. Meet members of your community working together to build a better future. Learn about the work of these local organizations with ongoing projects in Africa. Join a project, sign up to visit an African Sister City. There will be presentations from each organization, tabling, time to talk to the Africans and their Newburyport and Amesbury teams, African food and music.

Charter School teacher Rebecca Taplin discussed her recent activities while visiting Bura, including teaching and organizing the manufacture and distribution of school uniforms.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008, 7pm, at the Newburyport Public Library.
The Annual African Dinner & Dance took place on Saturday June 2nd at the Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall on Pleasant Street in Newburyport. There was African food, a DJ playing African music, a slideshow and displays, photographs on exhibit, and crafts for sale.Wonderful desserts were donated by Alden Merrill. Thanks to all for making this our biggest dance ever, and a very successful fundraiser for Bura!
Steve Bentley showed slides and answered questions from a class at the River Valley Charter School in Newburyport. The students have been studying Africa for several weeks, and are involved in Fundraising for Heifer International, with the goal of supplying an "Ark" to villages in Kenya.
Sue Crawford and Bill Abbott have met with the Newburyport Committee for Diversity and Tolerance, and will be part of their "Peace Month" in May, featuring community-wide publicity and events.We are planning to hold our Annual African Dinner Dance then, and will host a display case in the Newburyport Library for the month.

The Provident Bank hosted a fundraising event and exhibit to benefit the Newburyport/Bura Alliance and Amesbury for Africa. On display were 30 photographs by Steve Bentley, featuring portraits of villagers in Bura, scenes from the region, and wildlife of East Africa. All profit from sales of the photographs was donated to the Alliance.See the photos here.

Sue Crawford spoke at the Pingree School the second week in March, and has given a talk at Anna Jacques Hospital.